The style of acupuncture I practice is called ‘Five Element’. This refers to the elements in Chinese Medicine – Water, Wood, Fire, Earth and Metal. The philosophy behind this is basically Daoist – a belief that we are all part of a wider whole and that healing can be best achieved by bringing us back into balance both with ourselves (in body, mind and spirit) and with the world we live in (the elements).
For this reason, the treatment I offer is very much about the patient as an individual rather than their symptoms. The belief is that if you can bring the person back into balance then that will kick-start the healing system. Patients come to see me for conditions from the obvious musculoskeletal problems (shoulders, backs, knees etc.), headaches, IBS and menopausal issues to depression and anxiety, or when dealing with stressful events and bereavement. Most start with weekly treatments and then settle into tune-ups every 1-2 months.
My clinics in Exeter (Devon) and Wellington (Somerset) are both licensed by the Local Authority and I hold a full medical malpractice and public/products liability insurance cover.
Acupuncture is one of the safest medical treatments currently on offer in the UK. In fact, in 2001, a number of studies concluded that the risk of serious adverse reaction to acupuncture is less than 1 in 10,000. Many patients are concerned that acupuncture may be painful but as the needles are flexible and about as thick as two human hairs there is usually only a very slight sensation as it enters the skin.
Sometimes patients also feel a dull ache on the acupuncture point, but this also only lasts for a few seconds and is generally not considered to be uncomfortable. For more information, please get in touch.
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