HOW CAN ACUPUNCTURE HELP?
Many people seek acupuncture to help with specific symptoms or conditions. Others choose acupuncture as a preventative measure to strengthen their constitution ,or because they feel generally unwell. Acupuncture is considered suitable for all ages including babies, children and the elderly. It can be very effective when integrated with conventional medicine.
Chinese medicine has a long history of clinical practice. It is interesting that Western medicine was the “alternative medicine” in China over 100 years ago. For over six decades the Chinese have been modernising Chinese medicine to keep up with the modern age. The use of acupuncture in pain management and musculoskeletal disorders is well documented, so too is it’s holistic approach which cares for the whole body rather than just treating the symptoms.
As a physician, Alison sees patterns of disharmony and is able to recognise the varying clinical signs through subtle observation. From there she can select an individual acupuncture prescription. There are twelve primary channels that run vertically, bilaterally and symmetrically. In the treatment of pain, it is common to select local, adjacent and distal points along these twelve primary channels. Single-use sterile needles are used and are in sealed strips. They are safely disposed after treatment as clinical waste.
Acupuncture can help with a myriad of ailments. Sometimes clients suffering from migraines for instance, discover it happens at different times of day or only at weekends. Alison can offer advice to change lifestyle patterns and so enhance health and wellbeing. Different prescriptions of acupuncture points are used at each consultation, leading to a carefully constructed treatment plan.
Alison is a member of the British Acupuncture Council – For more information click here.
The Chinese view health as a reflection of harmony between the internal organs, energy, blood and body fluids. A comprehensive diagnosis is made based on the person’s body, mind and spirit disposition. This holistic approach is central to Chinese Medicine. Fine needles are inserted into specific points on the body to clear imbalances and regain harmony.
Chinese medicine focuses on each individual in terms of diagnosis and treatment. Each symptom is identified within a range of complex patterns ,and every symptom, however insignificant, holds meaning. Often Alison sees clients who come with a western named condition. After unravelling the nature of disease, she makes sense of what the client is experiencing and formulates a plan of treatment. Each treatment is tailored to the individual with endless nuances and possibilities; the aim is to regain balance in order to restore health.
CHINESE HERBAL MEDICINE
Chinese herbs can be taken by the traditional brewing of raw herbs, or made into convenient capsule or powder form. All the ingredients are natural ,and there are over 400 herbs in common use. No two prescriptions are the same for each client ,and prescriptions are therefore tailored for the specific ailment of the person. Over the last year, Alison has continued to increase the number of herbal prescriptions given to her clients. This progression towards combining acupuncture treatment with Chinese herbal medicine has been strengthened by the positive results in clinic. To make an informed Chinese medical diagnosis, it is crucial to draw upon all the ancient knowledge handed down over the centuries. Alison has enjoyed and continues to enjoy spending time researching classical herbal formulae and their various modifications.
Alison is a member of the RCHM, which is the largest professional body governing Chinese herbal medicine in the UK.