Acupuncture at the Wimbledon Clinic
Acupuncture at the Wimbledon Clinic is done using fine disposable needles inserted at specific points on the body surface to restore or maintain health. Acupuncture is a powerful therapy which originated in China over 2000 years ago and has been practised and developed ever since. The theory behind the mechanism of acupuncture revolves around the concept of Qi. Qi is the life-force or vital energy which flows throughout the body.
According to traditional Chinese medicine, a form of energy called Qi is generated in internal organs and systems. In a healthy person the Qi flows smoothly around the body. This energy combines with the air that we breathe in and circulates throughout the body, along paths called meridians. The meridians form a complex, multilevel network which connects the various areas of the body. All of the various meridian systems work together to assure the flow and distribution of this vital energy, or Qi, throughout the body, thus controlling all bodily functions.
When an organ or system is out of balance and the flow of Qi is disrupted an illness can occur. The flow of Qi can be disturbed by dietary irregularities, climatic factors, virus or infection, use of drugs, trauma, stress, genetic factors or other causes. During an acupuncture treatment points on the skin are stimulated through pressure, suction, heat, or needle insertion, affecting the circulation of Qi, which in turn balances the affected internal organs and systems.
Acupuncture is currently used in hospitals throughout China. It has also become increasingly popular in the West in recent years. The World Health Organisation has recognised its success in the treatment of a wide range of diseases.
Which conditions can be treated by Acupuncture?
Muscular and joint problems: tennis elbow, frozen shoulder, carpal tunnel syndrome, back ache, lumbago, arthritis, rheumatism, hernia, general aches and pains, osteoarthritis, sciatica
Digestive problems, and low energy: irritable bowel syndrome (IBS); ulcerative colitis, abdominal pains, heart burn, nausea, acid reflux, constipation, loose stools, food intolerances, bloating or tiredness after eating, high cholesterol
Low energy levels: low energy levels, ME (chronic fatigue syndrome, post-viral syndrome)
Respiration and other lung-related conditions: asthma, wheezing, shortness of breath, hay fever, persistent cough, bronchitis, frequent colds and flu, sinusitis
Menstrual, or period, problems: painful periods, pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS), excessively heavy periods, erratic menstrual cycle, menopausal syndrome, PCOS
Infertility: male and female infertility, both explained and unexplained
Headache, migraine, and nervous conditions: migraine and headache, trigeminal neuralgia, sciatica, facial paralysis, dizziness
Stress-related, mental and emotional: depression, anxiety, panic attacks, palpitations, fearfulness, poor concentration and memory, insomnia, general feeling of stress, high blood pressure
Pregnancy related complaints: morning sickness, malposition of foetus, labour indcution
Other conditions: stopping smoking, cystitis, frequent urination, oedema, skin conditions and others.
In addition to the above, many other disorders have been treated with success and it is always worth enquiring about any problem that you may have.