Clinician – Rebecca Joy Callicott (click for more information)
Traditional acupuncture works to maintain the body’s equilibrium by focusing on all aspects of well-being; physical, mental and emotional. The aim of acupuncture is to restore natural balance. Treatment is aimed at the root of your condition as well as your symptoms. This approach can lead to a more permanent resolution of your condition.
Traditional Chinese acupuncture is one of the oldest and continuously practised systems of medicine in the world. This unique medical system was developed through empirical observation by the Chinese over thousands of years. It has been developed, tested, researched and refined over centuries to give us a complex and detailed understanding of the body’s energetic balance. It is still used in mainstream healthcare in China today as a stand-alone therapy and in combination with conventional western medicine to treat a wide range of diseases and various kinds of pain.
Due to its effectiveness, traditional acupuncture is now accepted and practised all over the world and clinical trials are confirming its efficacy. In the UK more and more people are finding out what acupuncture can do for them. It is now integrated within the NHS health care system with the NICE guidelines recommending acupuncture for lower back pain, tension headache/migraines, neck pain or chronic neck pain and improvement in the symptoms of overactive bladder syndrome.
Acupuncture recognises a ‘vital energy flow’ (known as Qi, pronounced “chee”) through the body. The main characteristic of “Qi” is that it moves continually, circulating endlessly and timelessly. In order for full health, this energy flow should be perfectly balanced with no areas of blockage, excess or deficiency. We, as human beings are in a constant state of movement and transformation and the quality of our Qi changes through the course of our lives. When our energy becomes depleted or blocked, health can deteriorate.
Our energy flow can be manipulated by the insertion of fine needles into ‘acupuncture points’ on the body to encourage energy flow and/or remove blockages. This allows the body to resume its natural energy flow and provide an environment to promote its own innate ability to heal and repair, thus restoring health.
MRI scans have also shown that acupuncture triggers the body’s healing process by calming the central nervous system, regulating hormones and releasing endorphins.
An initial treatment can last up to 1.5 hours (£42) and subsequent treatments will be up to 1 hour (£35). As well as acupuncture, a treatment may include massage, cupping therapy, lifestyle and/or diet advice depending on the condition.
Acupuncture has a good reputation for treating many types of musculoskeletal problems, including back pain, knee pain, sciatica, neck pain, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, rheumatoid arthritis etc but it is not just pain that acupuncture can treat!
Acupuncture can be used to treat a wide range of diseases and can be used alongside western medicine. Below is a list of some of the most popular conditions that people tend to seek out acupuncture.
Pain – sports injuries, lower back pain, knee pain, sciatica, frozen shoulder, stiff neck, arthritis, joint pain
Headaches and migraines
Digestive disorders – IBS, indigestion, bloating, heartburn, nausea, constipation
Stress, anxiety, hypertension, depression, addiction
Menstrual and menopausal disorders – PMT, painful periods, PCOS, hot flushes
Pregnancy discomforts and labour induction
Fertility – including IVF support
Cancer care – nausea, hot flushes/night sweats, neuropathic pain from the side effects of cancer drugs
Skin conditions – eczema, psoriasis, acne
Insomnia and chronic fatigue
Asthma, shortness of breath, cold/flu
If you would like any more information about acupuncture or to find out if acupuncture is right for you, please visit www.wetherbyacupuncture.co.uk or call for a free 20 minute over the phone or face to face consultation:
Rebecca Joy Callicott BSc (Hons), Dip Ac, MBAcC