We are really pleased to have Susan Martin working alongside us at the practice, offering Acupuncture in Clevedon. Susan has a wealth experience and is registered and insured with the British Acupuncture Council.
What is acupuncture:
Acupuncture is a treatment where fine needles are inserted at certain sites in the body for therapeutic or preventative purposes. Acupuncture is one of the longest established forms of healthcare in the world. It originated in China approximately 2,500 years ago and is now practised across the globe.
What to expect:
We care about your wellbeing and you as an individual. We offer you appointments where we listen, write up a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) diagnosis. Appointments are for 1 hour during which we use Traditional Chinese Medicine treatments and give advice on diet and lifestyle aspects including exercise stretches or meditations. A 21-day individualised health plan can also be given.
Within the clinic we use a traditional theory, the focus is on the individual, rather than an isolated complaint. The physical, emotional, and mental aspects of life are seen as interdependent. We use subtle diagnostic techniques, such as taking the pulse and observing the tongue, that have been developed and refined for thousands of years. Treatment involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body to regulate the flow of ‘qi’ along pathways in the body known as ‘meridians’. We may also use other techniques such as moxibustion, cupping, tuina/massage, and guasha.
A one hour appointment: £60.
What acupuncture can treat:
I graduated with a BSC Honours degree in Acupuncture from Kingston University, London and I have now been an acupuncturist for over 12 years. I greatly enjoy sharing my experience, knowledge and wisdom of the wonders of Chinese Medicine with you.
I have been trained in both Five Element and Traditional Chinese Medicine, which are the two most common styles of Acupuncture. My approach is a combination of these two methods, to assist with the body’s natural healing ability. I also use traditional methods such as Acupressure, Cupping, Moxa, Heat Lamps, Chinese Massage (Tui Na) and Guasha. I recognise that every patient is an individual and therefore try to tailor-make all treatments to suit the needs and health of each patient.
Please follow the following links to the British Acupuncture Council for detailed information on what acupuncture can treat: acupuncture.org.uk
Research based fact sheets prepared for over sixty conditions. Browse the facts: https://acupuncture.org.uk/about-acupuncture/fact-sheets/
Frequently Asked Questions:
Browse FAQs here – https://acupuncture.org.uk/about-acupuncture/faqs/
Acupuncture recommended for chronic pain by UK’s main health watchdog:
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published new guidelines which recognise acupuncture as a legitimate clinically effective treatment for Chronic Pain. Around a third of the UK population reports suffering from a chronic pain condition, often accompanied by significant emotional distress, functional disability and absence from work. Common conditions that fall into this category include fibromyalgia, myofascial pain, and chronic neck, back and pelvic pain. In a significant change to their pain treatment policy, NICE no longer endorses the use of painkillers, instead directing doctors to offer patients with primary chronic pain one of four recommended treatments: exercise, talk therapy, acupuncture or antidepressants. NICE evidence report on pain relief: https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng193/documents/evidence-review-7
How can acupuncture help fertility?
It regulates fertility hormones – Stress and other factors can disrupt the function of the hypothalamic pituitary-ovarian axis (HPOA), causing hormonal imbalances that can negatively impact fertility. Acupuncture has been shown to positively affect hormone levels and aid fertility. It improves blood flow to the ovaries (Stener-Victorin 2006, Lim 2010), enhancing the environment in which ovarian follicles develop. It also increases blood flow to the uterus (Stener-Victorin 1996, Huang 2008), improving the thickness of the endometrial lining and increasing the chances of embryo implantation. It counteracts the effects of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS is one of the most common causes of female infertility). By reducing sympathetic nerve activity and balancing hormone levels, acupuncture has been shown to reduce the number of ovarian cysts, stimulate ovulation, enhance blastocyst implantation and regulate the menstrual cycle in women with PCOS. Evidence report for fertility.