• Acupuncture
  • Chinese herbal medicine

acupunture treatments

Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine have a very long history in East Asia, where the general guiding principles of Chinese medicine are part of the culture, and are used to treat a wide range of health issues.

I use acupuncture to treat a wide range of conditions, and find it particularly effective where there is a musculo-skeletal component: for example where there is pain, or where the range of movement is restricted or flexibility is reduced; as well as in the treatment of headache and migraine, gynaecological and gastrointestinal problems.

Recent research using fMRI imaging has shown changes in the way that our brains process our experience of pain during acupuncture (for example this list of publications from just one lab) and for other research see the Acupuncture Research Resource Centre.

You will find lots of answers to the questions people ask about acupuncture on the website of our professional body, the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC), covering

Chinese herbal medicine

chinese herbal medicineChinese herbal medicine can also be a very effective tool to enhance your acupuncture treatment, or instead of it.  I use Chinese herbal medicine mostly in the treatment of gynaecological problems, including fertility, and in support of acupuncture treatment where a greater degree of nourishment is required.

For many of us, plants form an important part of our diet. We enjoy a range of different flavours, and are familiar with the effects different foods have on us. We frequently add small amounts of particular types of leaves (herbs) or ground seeds (spices) to our food, to add heat or sweetness. Contrast the effects of adding fresh ginger or mint for example (both are also commonly used Chinese herbal medicines).

Chinese herbal medicine has developed a very sophisticated system of categorizing the properties of the different plants, and the effects each has on our physiology. There are hundreds of different plant species that can be used, of which perhaps 10-14 might be selected to make up a prescription, combining the plants which have the properties appropriate for your diagnosis. Chinese herbal medicines can be taken every day, whereas it is often difficult to have acupuncture treatment every day, as they do in China.

You will find lots of answers to the questions people ask about Chinese herbal medicine on the website of our professional body, the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine (RCHM) including:

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