A c u p u n c t u r e
Acupuncture is effective in the treatment of numerous conditions including
headaches, migraine, digestive problems, menstrual disorders, fertility
problems, asthma, hayfever, stress, tiredness, depression and anxiety.
Chronic conditions are also commonly treated. These include: arthritis, back pain,
irritable bowel syndrome, sinusitis, high blood pressure and repetitive strain
Although acupuncture can be effective in specific conditions, the treatment focuses
on the person rather than the illness and works towards restoring health and wellbeing.
Acupuncture helps to reinstate our own innate healing capabilities.
Acupuncture can also be used as a preventative medicine to promote good health.
How does it work?
Vital energy is required to keep us healthy. It circulates in pathways in our body; these pathways are
connected with our internal organs and the surface of our body. When this energy flows freely there is inner
harmony and balance and we feel healthy. Disrupt this process and we can experience pain and disease.   
What does the treatment involve?
At your first session a thorough diagnosis is carried out through a detailed consultation that covers every
aspect of your health, body and mind. You will also be asked questions about your health history, your family
health historyand current circumstances. Your tongue and pulse will be observed, as these are very important
signs in Acupuncture. From this diagnosis a point combination will be selected and needled.
Acupuncture needles are extremely fine so treatment is usually almost painless. You will usually feel a dull ache
as the needle comes intocontact with the vital energy. The needles are either taken out immediately or left in

for a period of time. The needles are supplied in sterile blister packs and are thrown away after a single use.


Treatment could also involve the use moxibustion, i.e. warming acupuncture points through with smouldering

herbs. The needles may also be stimulated using a small electrical current.Chinese Massage called Tui Na may
be required. You could also be treated using Cupping Therapy which involves placing special warmed cups on
parts of your skin.
Acupuncture is a part of the traditional medicine of China and has been practiced for over 2 000 years. This
system of medicine derives its principles from the observation of nature and the cycle of seasons.
Five Element Acupuncture recognises that each one of us has a unique relationship with one of nature’s five
forces: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water. This element gives our life a certain emphasis and will show
unease when we are unhealthy or stressed. The belief at the core of Five Element Acupuncture states that
emotionaldistress is a contributing factor towards physical dis-ease. The goal of Five Element acupuncture is to
restore balance by identifying the cause of disease, supporting that weakness and helping individuals to
discover a greater sense of self.
Traditional Chinese Medicine is a holistic approach using acupuncture and herbs to harmonise organ
functions and other body systems. It treats particular symptoms and conditions.