Chinese Medicine Acupuncture utilises a holistic approach to medicine whereby the physical, mental/emotional self are treated in unison to create balance and harmony within the body. Fine needles are inserted into pressure points throughout the body. These points invigorate the body's vital energy (known as Qi), stimulate blood flow and can increase endorphin release to promote the body's natural healing process. The consultation consisting of subjective assessment, taking pulses and observing the tongue will enable me to make an appropriate treatment plan based on your individual needs.
Elizabeth has experience in effectively treating a number of ailments, some of which include:
What will happen during treatment?
Elizabeth will take a full case history including past and current health history, further detail on your main complaint(s) and additional body systems, which enables her to form a treatment plan.
A physical assessment maybe required if your main complaint includes musculoskeletal pain/injury, whereby her injury rehabilitation expertise can be integrated into acupuncture/Chinese Medicine diagnosis and treatment. Reading of the pulse on both arms and tongue is taken to confirm an effective treatment plan for you.
Treatment will usually include insertion of fine needles following the channels of vital energy throughout the body, which are specifically chosen based on your individual treatment plan. Once inserted, you will have the chance to relax for up to 20 minutes as the needles gently stimulate the pressure points. At the end of treatment, there may be a requirement for further treatment, whereby needles are inserted and removed immediately. Additional techniques are often included during your course of treatment to enhance treatment, such as moxa (a herb burned to warm acupuncture channels and points).
Lifestyle advice, such as diet and exercises, are also often offered to enhance your treatment.
Acupuncture is a progressive treatment, therefore it's customary to have a course of weekly treatments for 6 weeks to maintain positive energy balance within the body. Chronic conditions are often likely to resolve over a longer period of time in comparison to acute conditions.
Sessions are likely to become less frequent as you respond to treatment.
Is it Safe?
Acupuncture is a safe treatment, as a certified Acupuncturist and member of the British Acupuncture Council, Elizabeth has excellent knowledge of the practice of Acupuncture. Acupuncture needles are very fine, most people don't feel them go into the skin. Once the acupuncture point has been found, you may feel an ache, pressure or sensation. Many people find acupuncture to be a very pleasant experience.
Chinese Medicine includes a range of treatments. Acupuncture is predominantly used, however dependant on the symptoms presented, Elizabeth may also offer moxibustion (a herb burned to warm into points and channels), cupping (round glass cups lift the skin and musculature to increase blood flow to the area) and massage to decrease muscular tightness and relieve channels.
Combines well with Injury Rehabilitaion
Acupuncture Initial- 90 minutes
Subsequent treatments- 60 minutes