Traditional Chinese Medicine, or TCM is a holistic healthcare system that regards pain and illness, whether physical or mental, to be a sign that the body is out of balance. Because TCM considers every bodily function to be connected and interdependent, it recognises the role emotions play in illness and disease. The overall aim of treatment is to restore the body’s equilibrium.
Acupuncture is one of the tools of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Other tools that are part of TCM are explained in the ‘techniques’ section below. I use these techniques, as well as acupuncture, when necessary.
My main focus as an acupuncturist, is on correcting the underlying cause of illness which will be different for every individual. Consequently, there are no ‘off-the-peg’ treatments or points prescriptions.
I am trained to use subtle diagnostic techniques that have been developed and refined over thousands of years. I focus on the individual, not their illness, and see all symptoms in relation to each other. Because every patient is unique, two people with the same western diagnosis will each receive different acupuncture treatments.
The underlying principle is that illness and pain occur when the body’s qi, or vital energy, cannot flow freely. The body’s energy meridians can become obstructed, in much the same way as a trapped nerve or blocked artery. This can be for any number of reasons such as emotional and physical stress, poor nutrition, infection, or injury.
By inserting ultra-fine, sterile needles into specific acupuncture points, I seek to re-establish the free flow of qi to restore balance and trigger the body’s natural healing response.
A growing body of evidence-based clinical research shows that acupuncture safely treats a wide range of common health problems.