Acupuncture and similar techniques originated in China, over 5,000 years ago. In China, and other Eastern cultures, the practice is still used today to restore, promote and maintain good health.
Acupuncture points occur at specific points on the body where it is thought that ‘meridians’ or pathways of Qi energy run through the body. Insertion of fine needles to these points improves wellbeing in the patient, and certain points can be used to treat specific ailments.
Heat can also be applied to these points, using the Moxa herb, or simply pressure, which is known as Acupressure.
I will use Traditional Chinese Medicine and Five Element Diagnosis to establish which are the most effective points to use while treating your problem or problems.
Recent research shows that nerve fibres carry and transmit the effect of the Acupuncture needles, and will work on the nervous system, muscle tone, circulation and allergic responses.
There is also a response in the blood vessels, causing increase or reduction in blood flow, depending on the intention of the acupuncturist.
The circulation of neurotransmitters and other hormones, particularly endorphins and serotonin which are the body’s natural painkillers, will influence respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems.
Acupuncture can also influence the way we perceive pain, by modifying the way the brain receives pain messages.
At present the National Institute for Health and Clinical Effectiveness (NICE) has recommended the use of Acupuncture in the early management of persistent non-specific low back pain. See www.nice.org.uk/CG88
Because of increasing interest in Acupuncture, considerable scientific research continues into the many areas of its use. Science is showing how Acupuncture works and as further study takes place, it may well be recommended for other health issues.
Currently it may be used in bowel or bladder problems, gynaecological problems, allergies, skin problems, sinus and chronic catarrh, dry mouth and eyes and for stopping smoking.
As a nurse and midwife, I am fully qualified, and state registered.
As an Advanced Fertility Awareness Practitioner, I have studied to teach Natural Family Planning Methods with Fertility UK
As a Licensed Acupuncturist, I have trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Five Element Diagnosis and Gua Sha Massage.
The combination of these types of medicine mean that I can give you a balanced treatment that is both safe and effective.
Acupuncture uses fine needles inserted into specific points, where Acupressure uses pressure alone.
Acupressure is great for use during labour, or for children, where the stillness required to receive the needles might be an issue.
In Electro Acupuncture, a tiny electrical current is applied to the needles, causing a flow through the body, carefully regulated to ensure no harm can be done.
A slight tingling sensation is experienced, and the strength of it is controlled by the client.
Rubber or glass cups are applied to strategic areas of the body, and fixed in place using a vacuum. This improves circulation and the flow of Qi. It’s relaxing, and not painful, but may leave a circular red patch for a few days.
Traditional Chinese Medicine has used burning of the herb Moxa in medicine for hundreds of years, called ‘Moxabustion’.
In this treatment, a lit moxa stick is used to apply a warming sensation to a specific point or points.
It can be used to help turn breech babies, and to relax and refresh the mother after childbirth.
It is also very effective when dealing with joint and muscle pain, and presents a warming sensation which permeates the muscle.
Yes! We will discuss your problem beforehand, and I offer a free consultation too, before you commit to anything. This can include a quick demo treatment, which many people find fascinating.
Normal appointments – fertility, joint and muscle pain, skin conditions – £35 per session of 40-45 minutes
Cosmetic treatments from £40 – please enquire for details EMAIL
I can accept payment by cash, cheque, Paypal and BACS transfer, whichever is most convenient for you. I’ll provide you with the details at the appointment, or when booking.
For most problems, a course of 6 treatments is recommended. This will allow you to see if the Acupuncture is working for you.
If your problem is a chronic one, then once this course is completed, then I’m happy to give to-pup sessions if you have a flare-up.
In China, a person typically visits their acupuncturist four times a year, at the change of the seasons, to keep well, and manage health problems.
Many of my long-term clients will make an appointment to see me when the weather starts to get cold or damp, and others call if their particular problem areas start playing up.
There are particular recommendations for some of the pregnancy treatments – see that page for more details
I hold a clinic in Exeter once a week, and also give treatments at my home in Exminster. I have a ground-floor treatment room here, with level access, which I recommend for patients with mobility problems, or in late-stage pregnancy. I am happy to make Saturday or evening appointments, if this suits your schedule best.
I can join you and your partner at the Exeter Fertility Clinic in Heavitree Hospital if you are receiving fertility treatment there.
For fertility teaching, I can visit you at home within a 10 mile radius of Exeter, and further afield by negotiation.
GPs don’t prescribe for patients to see me, though they may recommend that you make an appointment with me. Your Midwife or Physio may also recommend you see me, and of course, you can choose to have Acupuncture without a medical referral.
Healthcare plans will often fund Acupuncture sessions – check with your provider for details.