Further Information About Acupuncture
Acupuncture Clinic London - Stoke Newington, N16
Gillian Price BSc DipAc LicOHM MBAcC MRCHM
Beechfield Road London Acupuncture Clinic
70, Beechfield Road
North London N4 1PE
Tel: 020 8802 2311 or 07752 684808
Traditional Chinese Acupuncture
Acupuncture is part of the traditional medicine of China and has been used for over 4000 years. It has become very popular in the UK in recent years with increasing recognition that it:
can bring relief from a wide range of health complaints
addresses the root cause of the problem, treating the whole person and not just the health symptoms
has few side effects. In fact people usually report a greater sense of well beingWho Comes For Acupuncture Treatment?
People come from all sections of society. Often they have been recommended by friends, family, colleagues and GP’s. Some come with serious health problems, others simply because they don’t feel right and are looking for a drug free person-centred approach.
What Happens During Acupuncture Treatment?
The initial session last for 1¼ hours. You will be asked about your health, lifestyle, diet, moods etc and will have an opportunity to ask questions and discuss whatever you think relevant. This will be followed by a treatment. This usually consists of fine needles being gently placed along energy channels of the body.
Other techniques may also be used such as:
Moxabustion – warming using mugwort herb – a very pleasant, relaxing experience
Electro-acupuncture – using a small device similar to a tens machine – creates a tingling sensation
Ear acupuncture – very often used for those who want to quit smoking or control eating addictions
Facial acupuncture - used in facial rejuvenation treatments
An initial course of treatment will be agreed. This will often consist of 5 treatments at weekly intervals, with a review of progress on the 5th. This may be followed by more treatments if required. All treatments apart from the first last 45 minutes.
Commonly Asked Questions
Does it hurt?
Most people feel a tiny prickling sensation followed by a warm glow.
Where do you put the needles?
The most commonly used points are on the arms, legs and back.
Is it safe?
Yes, the needles are used once only and then disposed of.
Does it work?
Much scientific research is demonstrating positive benefits for acupuncture.
How will I feel after a treatment?
Relaxed usually. Sometimes a bit sleepy temporarily, sometimes energized.
How many treatments will I need?
Generally, the longer you’ve had a condition, the more treatments you may require. This will be discussed during your initial treatment.
Can I have acupuncture if I’m taking prescribed medication?
Yes. Acupuncture may enable you to reduce or stop taking medication but you would need to consult with your doctor about this.
Is there anything I should or shouldn’t do before or after treatment?
Don’t have a large meal or alcohol just before treatment. Avoid strenuous exercise for at least a few hours after treatment. Alcohol will have a stronger effect just after treatment.
About Your Therapist
Gillian Price graduated from the London School of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (LSATCM) in 1993. She has done further training in infertility, skin conditions, digestive problems and gynaecology. Gillian has also completed a full training in Chinese Herbal medicine.
Gillian has over 15 years experience and gives a very gentle but effective treatment.
Member of the British Acupuncture Council
Member of the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine
Acupuncture is part of the traditional Chinese system of medicine, an ancietn holistic system that attempts to restore the whole body to health rather than removing particular symptoms. Maintaining a harmonious interaction between mind and body is seen as vital if genuine good health is to be achieved. Body systems and organs are seen as interdependent, with an imbalance in one part of the system affecting other parts elsewhere.
A central feature of Chinese philosophy is to take personal responsibility for well being, to prevent illness from developing. To do this one has to live according to the rules of the Tao which refers to the primal force of the universe, an expression of the harmony of opposites, of yin and yang.
In the ancient Chinese healing art of acupuncture, all the body's organs and systems are believed to be connected by channels or meridians which loop around the body. It is through these channels that the vital energy or qi flows. If the qi is disrupted or is deficient, symptoms of ill health follow. Qi maintains harmony between the opposite but complementary forces of yin and yang. Yin refers to qualities of cold, damp, tranquility, earth and darkness, and are reflective and inward looking. Yang qualities are heat, fire, light, restlessness and dryness, and is outgoing and extrovert.
The acupuncturist will ascertain the patient's unique 'pattern of disharmony'. The tongue may be examined and possibly the ears and abdomen. A case history will be taken and questions may be asked regarding food preferences, reactions to heat and cold, and emotional reactions under different circumstances.
The acupuncturist will build up a picture of where the imbalances and disruptions to harmony are, and what systems in the body are affected. When this is completed, the acupuncture practitioner starts manipulating various thin, solid stainless steel needles into the acupuncture points reflecting the meridians that need to be influenced. The needles may be inserted for anything up to half an hour.
Moxibustion: If an additional stimulus is needed, moxa (dried leaves) may be burned in a cone above a needle at a specific acupuncture point. The penetrating heat can enter the channels to influence qi and blood flow. It is warming, soothing and extremely relaxing. It is very effective for releasing tightness in the muscles, relaxing tension and invigorating the flow of qi.
Cupping: Cupping is a technique especially useful in the treatment of problems of local qi, or blood stagnation in the channels. Flame-warmed, oxygen-depleted cups are placed over the selected area and when placed open side down, a vacuum is created, which anchors the cup to the skin and pulls the skin upward on the inside of the glass. The resulting pressure encourages the flow of qi and blood in the area beneath the cup, and the local stagnation begins to clear.
Other massage and stretching techniques may also be employed.
A series of treatments will be necessary before harmony can be restored.
Oriental medicine was brought to Japan from China in the 6th Century. Since then, Japanese physicians have refined and created techniques and ideas that differed from the Chinese. Needling techniques generally involve thinner or smaller needles and employ shallower insertions. Non-insertive techniques are also used. There are many feedback mechanisms, enabling both patient and practitioner to evaluate changes during the treatment session. Tight and tender points on the abdomen, as part of the diagnosis, can be released instantaneously. Improvements to symptoms are often experienced during the treatment.
Japanese acupuncture for children: Shonishin, is a type of acupuncture specifically designed for the treatment of children. It can be used to help many chronic and acute conditions commonly found in children.
Shonishin is painless. Special needles designed specifically for children are used. These needles are not inserted, but instead may be either held carefully over the acupuncture point, or brushed gently along the acupuncture pathways over the body using Pressing, Rolling, and Tapping techniques. Paediatric Acupuncture is a very gentle and relaxing experience for the child and for the parent.
Parents can participate in their child's healing process. Certain simple techniques can be taught which the parent can carry out at home.
To learn more about acupuncture please visit the British Acupuncture Council who have their headquarters in north London at British Acupuncture Council where you will find questions answered on the following topics: Adhesions, Alzheimers, Asthma, Back Pain, Bell's Palsy, Brain, Brachial neuralgia (nerve pain in the arm), Cancer, Carpal tunnel syndrome, Crohn's disease, Chronic fatigue, Depression, Digestive, Ear, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, Epilepsy, Eyes, Feet, Fertility, Hay fever, Headaches, Heart Disease, Hypermobility, Insomnia, Menopause, Mystery aches and pains, Neck Pain, Osteporosis, Parkinson's, Pregnancy, Skin conditions, Smoking, Snoring, Sports Injuries, Stress, Stroke, Tinnitus, Weight problems, Women's health.