Recently, the scientific community has recognized that human beings are comprised of hugely complex energetic systems. This understanding has been the foundation of the practice of Chinese medicine for several thousand years. Although our bodies all have the potential for healing, it is easy for the smooth flow of our health to run into trouble. Certain factors about life, like the quality of our living environment and everyday stresses, as well as the ageing process can cause our bodies to forget their innate healing potential.
Acupuncture works as a way of reminding the body how to look after itself. Tiny needles and herbs help nurture the body back to health by helping resolve energy imbalances. This brings a greater sense of general well being, reaching beyond any physical symptoms originally presented.
We always ask our patients if they find needling painful and in most cases the answer is ‘NO’. Most people find acupuncture very relaxing. Some people are anxious about insertion of needles during their first visit, but all worries usually disappear after the first needle is in place. Acupuncture needles are much finer than the needles used for injections and blood tests. Most of the acupuncture needles are hair-thin. You may not even feel them penetrate the skin and once in place they are hardly noticeable.
Patients often describe the needle sensation as a tingling, warm or cold sensation or dull ache. This is one of the signs the body’s Qi, or vital energy, has been stimulated by the needles. For some, the biggest hurdle to trying acupuncture is the needle. So does it hurt? Acupuncture needles are very fine, around the thickness of two average human hairs, and are designed to push the cells apart rather than to pierce them.
Some needles are inserted at a fairly superficial depth in the skin, some will go a little deeper. You will feel something that can be described as a tug or a burst of energy in the local area, which lasts no longer than a few seconds, and is quite tolerable. At the Wimbledon Clinic, we only use sterile, disposable needles to ensure the highest standard of hygiene.
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.
Western medicine uses the term ‘functional disorders’ for conditions where there are symptoms but no evidence of physical disease. There are all kinds of disorders that can have non-physical origin, some common examples are headaches, insomnia, anxiety, back pain and irritable bowel syndrome.
Your doctor will try to find something physically wrong with you such as injury or infection. In the absence of such a cause, known as ‘organic disease’, your doctor may well work on the assumption that the cause is psychological and recommend treatments that address this, such as counselling or antidepressants. If a psychological cause is not suspected, treatment aimed at managing your symptoms may be all they can offer.
In contrast, Chinese medicine is a system of energetic medicine that understands all diseases in terms of energy. A practitioner of Chinese medicine will not make a distinction between physical and psychological causes but will instead make their diagnosis in terms of imbalances in your body. They will do this in the context of you as a whole person and will treat you by attempting to bring your system back into balance so that healing can occur. For this reason Chinese medicine is very effective at treating functional disorders.
Chinese medicine can be helpful in the treatment of such enormous number of conditions that it would be impossible to list them all. It can also sometimes be effective where other treatment has failed. If you are not sure if Chinese medicine can help you, why not get in touch with us. Just call us on 020 8540 3389 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. It is best to avoid planning anything too strenuous for the following couple of hours after the acupuncture treatment. We also suggest that you avoid alcohol on the day of your treatment.
We believe in a holistic system of healing based on traditional Chinese medicine and the principle of internal balance and harmony. Those fundamental theories take a deep understanding of the human body and underlying problems. It explains the importance of health and overall wellbeing, having a problem in one part of your body may cause the disruption in other organs. Therefore, to treat symptoms and illnesses, we need to identify the core of the problem before any treatments can begin.
Our holistic approach to healthcare combined with the advanced diagnostic tests and rapid access to accredited laboratories throughout Europe means you can be reassured that we give you a tailored treatment specifically design for your conditions and body system, to improve and better your health, naturally.