HOW CAN ACUPUNCTURE HELP YOU?
Acupuncture is often used alongside conventional medicine in the treatment of acute or chronic illness.
It can help all sorts of people of all ages. Many people seek treatment to help them feel better in themselves.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Acupuncture treatment affects the quality of energy or Qi (pronounced chee) that flows through the meridians in the body.
These meridians are like streams and the acupuncture points allow us to adjust the quantity and quality of energy flowing within the streams. Just like streams, meridians can become silted or blocked so freeing or adjusting these flows helps to improve our sense of well-being and health. Our bodies need this energy or qi to function. A good analogy is of a wonderful well designed expensive car. Engineered to perfection the engine is only able to run when there is fuel in the tank and the fuel flows through the carburettor to the spark plugs. When our system of energy production breaks down, or becomes blocked we may feel tired and listless, just like an engine that isn’t firing on all cylinders. Eventually organs starved of energy may malfunction and show signs of distress.
The flow of energy in the meridians is assessed by feeling the quality of the twelve pulses, found near the radial artery on both the left and right wrists. I will take your pulses before, during and after every treatment to assess your progress. Your feedback, the information I glean from your pulses and our mutual treatment aims, enable me to choose specific acupuncture points to help you. A herb called Moxa may be used to help to nourish your energy. Throughout treatment, emotions may come to the surface and resolve. Patients often find that acupuncture strengthens their constitution and increases their energy levels. Usually the person will start to feel better quite quickly, more like their "old self" and be ready to move on in their life.
DOES IT HURT?
I use very fine, top quality, sterile, disposable needles and make sure the techniques I use are as gentle as possible.
The sensation of acupuncture is very different to having an injection and most patients find their treatments very relaxing. In addition to traditional methods, I also use a Low Level Laser to treat acupuncture points. This is very effective and especially ideal for children or those with a fear of needles.
After a mixture of Doctors, Specialist, MRI and CT scans and a cocktail of different drugs, I found myself after nearly a year still feeling dreadful. This was due to stress, the death of my father and contracting a viral and bacterial virus whilst on holiday.
The infection in my blood and temperature had gone, but I was still left with some of the symptoms
I had started with, the loss of balance, neck pain and spasms, the visual auras and headaches the lack of energy. I was unable to do the gardening, drive, and only able to do the lightest house work and mentally unable to cope. I felt as if I had exhausted everyone’s patience and I needed to be back to my old self. I didn’t know where to turn.
Years before, I remembered being treated successfully with acupuncture by Jo and I wondered if she could help me. I don’t know how acupuncture works and wonder how inserting needles in different points has the effect that it does. It isn’t at all painful, due to the use of really fine needles all you feel is a sensation that something is happening. Jo is trained in different methods of healing and is able to use them in conjunction with each other to get the optimum effect.
I no longer have any of the symptoms that I had, I feel mentally brighter and able to cope. I still get tired but Jo is in the process of building up my strength and I am very aware that I am getting stronger.
Jo is an amazing lady who is caring, sensitive and warm. I cannot recommend Jo and acupuncture strongly enough. Try it.
I stumbled across Jo, and acupuncture, in 2005 shortly before starting chemotherapy. I confess to some initial scepticism but thought - even if it's all 'smoke and mirrors' - it could do no harm.
I can't explain how it works, or precisely how it makes me feel, but my best description would be to describe a fresh, new packet of photocopier paper. When the ream is first opened, all the edges of the paper are perfectly aligned but once the paper has been moved, it's impossible to get back the perfectly straight edge to the pile of papers. What Jo does for me is to gently pat my papers back into line.
Do I leave her feeling suddenly different? No, it takes a couple of days. Do I understand how it works? Certainly not. Do I believe it works? Absolutely. 7 years post cancer and I still visit Jo every month or two.