About acupuncture

A trusted treatment method

Acupuncture is a treatment that has been used for over 3000 years, which can help bring more balance to your body and overall health. In China, Japan, Korea, and Indonesia acupuncture is a widely accepted form of treatment. In the UK, acupuncture is currently recognised by National Institute for Healthcare Excellence (NICE) for Chronic Primary Pain and the management of Headaches and Migraines.

Other common conditions treated include:

  • Aches, pain, injuries  and musculoskeletal problems including back pain
  • Allergies such as hayfever
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Arthritis
  • Digestive issues, e.g. IBS
  • Emotional issues
  • Headaches and migraine
  • Stress
  • Sleep issues
  • Womens health, including menopausal symptoms, menstrual disorders, and fertility problems

For the most up-to-date research and evidence on conditions treated by acupuncture, please visit the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) or Evidence Based Acupuncture websites.

How acupuncture works

The pathways with which Chinese Medicine views the body work much like roads through a city. The roads are our communication network, delivering food, oxygen, and messages to all parts of the body. When the roads are clear, you get free movement and can reach your destination with ease. When there are traffic jams or accidents it causes blockages. The flow of traffic slows and stuff doesn’t get where it’s needed. In our body these blockages are often felt as pain. Once the blockage is removed the traffic can flow again, allowing the body to deliver nutrition, remove any waste products, and heal itself naturally.

Acupuncture works by placing ultra-fine needles at specific areas to ‘free up’ these blockages and therefore stimulating your body’s natural healing response.

Bring balance and harmony to your body the natural way by tapping into this trusted treatment method.

The different styles of acupuncture

For thousands of years the Chinese have observed the cycles of nature and the way disease is reflected in the body. During this time a number of different methods were developed to understand balance and imbalance (health and illness) within our bodies and to help diagnose and formulate successful treatments. These include Classical Chinese Acupuncture (Stems & Branches), Five Element (Five Phase), and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Each method has it’s own benefits, and with training in all three we have more tools from which to understand your individual situation and treat you in the most effective way.

Classical Chinese Acupuncture (Stems & Branches)

Classical Chinese Acupuncture draws heavily from the classical literature of Chinese Medicine, in particular the period from around 200 BCE to 200 AD. Stems and Branches theory (Wū Yùn Lìu Qì) incorporates into your diagnosis and treatment an appreciation of the cycles of life observed and recorded by Chinese Medicine practitioners over the last few thousands of years.

Just as who we are today is shaped by all of our experiences through life, the moment of our birth is a key experience that forms part of our energetic blueprint. This blueprint provides insights into our constitutional strengths and weaknesses, allowing a deeper understanding of an individual’s personal makeup and can be used to guide where to direct treatment for the most effective results. The BaZi chart, or Four Pillars, is one of the tools used to visualise this blueprint.

 

Five Element Acupuncture

Rooted in Chinese philosophy, Five Element Acupuncture (sometimes called Five Phase Acupuncture) involves the movement of energy as observed in nature and how it is reflected within the microcosm of our own body. Five Element theory provides a powerful tool for understanding and balancing these energies within our body using acupuncture, lifestyle adjustments, and diet.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

Traditional Chinese Medicine, or TCM as it’s often known, is practiced widely in China and across the world with great success. TCM is a more modern version of acupuncture and was designed to find a harmonious integration between the Chinese Medical tradition and Western Medicine.

What you can expect from treatment at Flourish Acupuncture

From the moment you start your journey with us we'll look after you. We've put together some helpful information to walk you through your first treatment, so if you've never had acupuncture before you can feel comfortable with the process and know that you're in safe hands.

Find out more

To find out how acupuncture could help you, book a free 30 minute telephone Discovery Call. You can then decide whether acupuntuncture is the right next step for you.

Book a treatment

You can book a treatment quickly and easily online, or give us a call on 01737 420221.