picture of acupuncture needles on bowl with bamboo

The philosophy behind the treatment is that energy lines or meridians circulate around the body. These meridians contain our energy flow or Qi (pronounced ‘chee’). It is when this qi is impaired through the body that imbalance and illness occurs. With the insertion of fine needles at various points on the meridian, the energy can be moved or redirected to where it is needed most. In this way the body’s balance can be restored and the illness resolved.

The flow of energy can be disrupted in many ways; emotional upset, physical trauma, poor diet or overwork are all common examples. By examining this underlying cause and how it has affected the body, the most appropriate treatment for the patient can be selected. Treating the patient as an individual is at the core of the acupuncture treatment and it this that helps allow the body to re balance itself.

Blocked energy can manifest itself in areas that are painful or are particularly cold or hot, or a different colour. These signs can help determine which points are most suitable.

Western medicine has different opinions on how acupuncture works but in short, no one is really sure. However, today, acupuncture is an effective, natural and popular form of health care that is being used by people from a wide range of ages and backgrounds, for a range of disorders, in many areas of the world.

Acupuncture also includes other techniques such as cupping, moxibustion or tuina.

As a natural form of healing, acupuncture has the following benefits:

  • provides drug-free pain relief from a wide range of acute and chronic ailments
  • treats the underlying cause of disease and illness as well as the symptoms
  • provides a holistic approach to the treatment of disease and illness, treating the body, mind and spirit.
  • assists in the prevention of disease and the maintenance of general well-being

The sensation of acupuncture can feel like a numb, tingling, or dull aching sensation which lasts only for a few moments. Most patients are obviously a little anxious before their first session but are pleasantly surprised at how painless it is and how relaxed they feel afterwards.

I had been struggling with hip pain for some months and approached my GP for help, explaining that I was keen to avoid taking too many powerful painkillers, if at all possible.  My GP recommended acupuncture and so (possibly with a little initial scepticism) I booked a first session with Clare (she had all of the professional qualifications and is a member of the British Acupuncture Council).  Clare’s acupuncture treatment was absolutely transformative in terms of the pain radiating from my hip from the very first session.  I went on to book regular treatments with Clare and each of these proved to be of great benefit.  Acupuncture, as practised by Clare, really did enable me to keep physically and mentally well and to remain fairly active whilst waiting for my hip replacement operation. For anyone concerned about acupuncture and the use of needles, please be reassured that acupuncture, certainly as practiced by Clare, is a very gentle therapy and only very slightly invasive.  Clare’s skill and professionalism (including adopting stringent Covid-safe ways of working) enabled me to be calm and relaxed throughout each treatment session.  I came to acupuncture with an open mind but not entirely convinced that it would work for me, given the severity of the pain in my arthritic hip.  However, I am so happy to be proven wrong in my scepticism and am now entirely persuaded of acupuncture’s efficacy.  I can most sincerely recommend Clare and her use of acupuncture for pain relief to anyone looking to avoid heavy duty painkillers.  Based on my experience, I am pleased to be able to testify to the very real benefits of Clare’s acupuncture, which was so successful in reducing the severe pain in my hip.

– Cathy L