Five Element and Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture
Acupuncture is one aspect of Chinese Medicine and has been practiced in the East for more than 2000 years. This ancient form of Eastern medicine offers a different perspective to that of the West. It focuses on diagnosis and treatment of the patient’s root imbalance and the underlying cause of disease as opposed to diagnosis and treatment of a patient’s signs and symptoms which is the preferred method of the West. Acupuncture is a natural and effective form of treatment and can help restore and maintain health and wellbeing in both mind and body.
How does Acupuncture Work?
Acupuncture focuses on harmonising and rebalancing Qi (energy) which flows throughout pathways (meridians) within the body. Illness or disease can occur when our Qi becomes depleted or blocked. This can be due to a patients constitution or a range of lifestyle issues, such as physical or emotional trauma, seasonal change, overwork, fatigue, diet and exercise.
What conditions can a Acupuncture Treat?
Most aches, pains areas or tension and discomfort are relieved with a course of treatment in Acupuncture. Irritable bowel syndrome, migraines, chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia are included in a list of ailments known as functional disease. Due to treating the underlying cause of these symptoms and any other disease, acupuncture can successfully rebalance and restore a patient back to full health. Below are a list of areas Sarah has specialist knowledge and interest in.
- Muscular Skeletal – Sciatic, Low Back Pain, Frozen Shoulder, Tennis Elbow
- Mental Emotional Health – Anxiety, Depression, Shock, Trauma
- Gynecological disorders – Fertility, PCOS, Pre-Birth Method, Induction, Menopause
- Digestive Disorders – Nausea, Bloating, IBS,Constipation
- Burn out- Exhaustion, Insomnia, Headaches, Panic Attacks
- Aches, Pains and Tension – Chronic or Acute
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How is Treatment Carried out?
To understand a patient’s Qi a reading is taken of their pulse and tongue which helps assess the internal energy of the patient and the planning of treatment. Fine disposable sterile needles are placed in chosen acupuncture points along one or more of the channel pathways. Depending on the complaint the needles can sometimes stay in for 10 -20 minutes to help to clear, move or nourish and tonify the patients Qi.
What is an Acupuncture appointment like?
First Appointment: A consultation will take place lasting around 90 minutes. Information regarding a patient’s main complaint, lifestyle and functioning of the bodily systems will be made a note of, as well as a readings of the pulse and observations of the tongue. The information received allows the practitioner to discern the root cause of a patient’s imbalance and create an effective treatment plan. Lastly, with the use of very fine, disposable needles and using the appropriate acupuncture points, treatment takes place.
Following Appointments: After a brief consultation including pulse and tongue readings, treatment concludes with appropriate points and needling method. The appointment lasts no longer than 60 minutes. It is recommended the patient receives four to six treatments which can range in frequency from a few times a week to once a week, depending on the nature of patient’s main complaint. Treatment is then reviewed with the patient and future appointments with be recommended accordingly.