Acupuncture

Most people assume that acupuncture will be painful. Their experience of needles is of those used in injections and blood tests. The needles used for acupuncture are much, much finer and are solid rather than hollow. When the needle reaches the desired point the sensation is often described as a tingling or a dull ache. Needles are either inserted for a few seconds or left in place for 20 minutes or longer depending on the effect required. During treatment patients commonly experience a heaviness of the limbs or a pleasant feeling of deep relaxation. Patients frequently comment that apart from relief from a particular condition they also enjoy increased energy levels, better digestion and sleep as well as an improved sense of well being.

How does it work?

The first time that a patient comes to see me I book them in for up to two hours. A traditional diagnosis is carried out where upon I interview them about their main complaint and then many other areas of their health and lifestyle. Susequent treatments are hourly. I am constantly evaluating a patient through observing their emotional, mental and spiritual well being; how they look, sound and even smell. Physical evaluation is done through pulse and tongue diagnosis, and palpating the body and meridians when appropriate.

I also like to give most of my patients Traditional Chinese Medical dietry advice. I believe that food is our pharmacy and by simply guiding patients away from certain foods and towards other contributes markedly to their health.

Each person is an individual and the time scale for the restoration of health reflects this. I always let patients know that even if their main complaint does not improve significantly quickly they should be experiencing enough positive changes that they know that they are on the right track. This is always under assessment.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment for a broad range of conditions, with increasing amounts of scientific evidence.

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Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine holds at its central philosophy the belief that our health is dependent on the body's motivating energy.

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Clinics

I practise acupuncture in conveniently located clinics in Cirencester and Malmesbury. Cosultations at home by appointment.

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