What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a healthcare system based on ancient Chinese principles that go back over two thousands years. It has a very positive model of good health and function, and looks at pain and illness as signs that the body is out of balance. The overall aim of acupuncture is to restore the body’s equilibrium. What makes this system so uniquely suited to modern life is that physical, emotional and mental are seen as interdependent, and reflect what many people perceive as the connection between the different aspects of their life.
Acupuncturists are trained to use subtle diagnostic techniques that have been developed and refined for centuries. The focus is on the individual, not their illness, and all the symptoms are seen in relation to each other. Each patient is unique; two people with the same western diagnose may well receive different acupuncture treatments.
Traditional acupuncturists believe that illness occur when the body’s qi, or vital energy, can not flow freely. There may be many reasons for that, including emotional and physical stress, poor nutrition, infection, injury, trauma, weather such as extreme heat or cold, living conditions such as damp, hereditary factors. By inserting ultra-fine sterile needles into specific acupuncture points, an acupuncturist seeks to re-establish the free flow of qi to restore balance and trigger the body’s natural healing response.
When appropriate, during acupuncture treatment other suitable methods based on Chinese medicine may be used such as:
qi gong exercises
Individually tailored diet and lifestyle advice, also based on Chinese medicine principles, may also be offered.
STYLES OF ACUPUNCTURE:
Kristina practises three styles of traditional acupuncture: Five Elements, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Balance Method Acupuncture. They complement each other very well, and are used according to the needs of the person treated.
TRADITIONAL FIVE ELEMENTS style is based on an ancient study of movement of energy in nature and its flow through the seasons. The elements are Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water. These elements are present in the nature and in our body too. When one or more of them are not flowing smoothly, an imbalance is created which may manifest in emotional, mental or physical health issues. By working on a core element imbalance, equilibrium and good health may be restored.
Five Elements is an effective holistic approach that may particularly be beneficial for mental/emotional conditions which could link to physical problems. It is a gentle, often subtle but powerful approach.
TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE (TCM) is nowadays the most commonly practiced style of acupuncture in China and around the world. Based on Chinese medical classics, it has been developed in the middle of the last century in order to systematize other available styles and make it more accessible to the wider number of people.
TCM is particularly effective in supporting and treating the organ systems and physical body, and therefore may be chosen when either acute or chronic issues of that nature arise.
Further details about the benefits of integrating both styles are explained on The College or Integrated Chinese Medicine website.
BALANCE METHOD ACUPUNCTURE, as taught by dr Tan, can be very effective for some types of pain. One of it's main characteristics is that points used are away from the centre of the pain, often on the opposite side of the body.
Acupuncture is one of the safest medical treatments on offer in the UK. Almost anyone can receive treatment: men, women, babies, children, elderly people, pregnant women.
A large list of conditions are seen in the clinic: stress, pain from any musculoskeletal problems, women’s gynaecological or fertility issues, pregnancy and childbirth related matters etc. Some people may have a particular condition, some don’t have a specific diagnosis but feel unwell, and some come for acupuncture to maintain good health and prevent disease. It can be used alongside conventional treatments, often helping with the side-effects. Some people might look for help and support to come off or cut down certain medication which occasionally may be possible but only under the appropriate western medical supervision.
As acupuncture is wholistic in nature, even though someone may initially present only one complaint, upon further questioning a number of issues may reveal which may be relevant to the original concern and would appropriately be addressed during treatments.
Each person is different, and no two people are treated the same even if present alike western diagnosis.
Please call for a free chat to find out if acupuncture is the right choice for you. If not, another suitable therapy may be suggested.
Research into acupuncture effectiveness has been carried out all over the world, here are some examples:
The British Acupuncture Council provides Research fact sheets, unbiased general information for a variety of issues.
The Acupuncture Research Resource Centre provides a good amount of information, including latest research.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
The British Acupuncture Council website has a short video with answers to frequently asked questions, as well as a section with answers to specific conditions related questions.
Should you have another query or need further clarification, please do not hesitate to contact me.