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Traditional and Five Element Acupuncture, and various ‘Needle Free’ non invasive options using the same Chinese Medicine theory - used for a wide variety of ailments. Available in Witney with local acupuncturist, Sasha. Easily accessible from Burford, Carterton, Woodstock, Bampton, Brize Norton.
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WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE ?
Acupuncture is an ancient practice developed centuries ago long before conventional medicine as we know it today was available. It is a holistic practice, and has always been used to promote health at the physical, mental and emotional levels by tapping in to the body’s energy system, clearing any blockages, and promoting the flow of the energy (Qi) along the channels (a series of pathways that run throughout the body).
The flow of energy can be blocked by many factors, such as stress, overwork, emotional problems, poor nutrition and other lifestyle habits, physical accidents and traumas. By inserting extremely fine needles into specific points on the channels the flow of energy can be restored, bringing the body back to a healthy state of balance.
Diagnosis of ailments are made after a broad look at all aspects of a person’s life, including aspects that may not have been the reason for coming for a treatment, and which you may not have expected to be questioned on. The treatment is tailor made for each individual, and the results often bring unexpected benefits to minor ailments alongside the main condition, leading to an overall feeling of well-being.
I practice an integrated style of acupuncture, using both the TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) and the Five Elements approach.
TCM looks at the current state of health and identifies seemingly diverse symptoms into groups or patterns of imbalances. This allows for a diagnosis based on the patterns of disharmony resulting from these imbalances.
The Five Elements approach looks at the relationship between all the channels within the five elements, Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water. By identifying the person’s constitution and underlying root organ where the problem lies, and if over or under energy, we can see how to move the flow of energy between the elements to create harmony and balance.
Acupuncture is recognised by the World Health Organisation(WHO) as an effective treatment for many conditions. The WHO have identified a list a symptoms, syndromes, pathologies, traumas and conditions which have been proven through clinical trials, may be effectively treated with acupuncture. They have also generated a list of conditions where therapeutic effect has been found, but more tests and proof are needed.
How can Acupuncture help you ?
Perhaps you have a problem that recurs or is very persistent and remains unresolved despite consultations with the doctor. With Chinese Medicine it is often possible to help with problems that remain unresolved with western medicine as the approach is quite different. Perhaps you would like to cut down on painkillers, or have an old injury that has left you with back ache or joint aches, or you are suffering from regular headaches. You may be surprised by the results that can be achieved with Acupuncture if you would like to come along and try it. Acupuncture can often help when conventional treatments have been exhausted, and it is often possible to treat multiple ailments simultaneously.
Dislike needles ?
The needles used are extremely fine, so only a slight pin prick is felt initially. However when the needle connects with the flow of energy (Qi) within the body, this usually causes a sensation to be felt. This can be quite strong, or may just be a slight tingling, but is usually just a fleeting sensation and disappears very quickly. It is often a comfort to feel the sensation when the ‘Qi’ is tapped into by the needle, from the point of view that then you will know that something is happening. So while not entirely painless, the sensation felt by the needles is brief and manageable. If you really do not want the acupuncture needles however, then are alternatives. Using the same Chinese Medicine and Five Elements theory Korean Hand Therapy patches can be used, or magnets, or moxa, cupping, or tourmaline stones for Auricular therapy. Kinesio Taping is also an option for joint aches and pains.
Please view the video above to see some of the alternatives, and go to the Non Invasive / No Needle Alternatives page for more details.
YOUR TREATMENT :
The first treatment will take approximately 1 hour 30 minutes, as a full case history is taken in addition to an acupuncture treatment. You will be asked many questions, some of which may seem to be totally unrelated to your main complaint. This helps to build a picture of your health and lifestyle so that we can identify the patterns present and so make a diagnosis.
Your pulses on both wrists will be felt, and the quality noted, and the tongue looked at to see the colour and coating. These are both used to help form the diagnosis with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
Subsequent treatments will take approximately 50 minutes. Extremely fine, sterile, single use needles are inserted in specific acupuncture points to regulate the flow of energy. Some needles will be removed immediately, others may be left in for up to twenty minutes, depending on the treatment required. In certain cases if required other treatments will also be used, such as moxibustion (smouldering herbs), cupping, and auricular (ear) acupuncture. These all help to stimulate the flow of energy.
Some people feel an improvement straight after an acupuncture treatment, for others the process is more subtle and may take a while to become apparent. Occasionally you may feel a little tired for a few hours after a treatment.
Acupuncturist Sasha Robertshaw is available in Witney, Oxfordshire, on various days and times, please see the Contact page. Witney is easily accessible from surrounding towns and villages such as Burford, Carterton, Bampton, Brize Norton, Woodstock.
To visit the British Acupuncture Council : www.acupuncture.org.ukTo visit the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine : www.acupuncturecollege.org.uk