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.
Here is a video where I am talking about Acupuncture for back pain :
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. For this list please click here to see the British Acupuncture Council website, and download the pdf.
Further information regarding acupuncture and what to expect when being treated is available at the British Acupuncture Council website please click here . Information is under the heading ‘Top 10 things to know’.
There is a very good documentary by the BBC on 'The Science of Acupuncture', to view this click here.
Acupuncturist Sasha Robertshaw is available in Witney, Oxfordshire, on various days and times, please click here to go to the Contact & Prices page. Witney is easily accessible from surrounding towns and villages such as Burford, Carterton, Bampton, Brize Norton, Woodstock, Charlbury, Finstock.