Peter offers both 5 element style and Traditional Chinese Medicine; two of the most established styles of Acupuncture in this country.
Acupuncture is a system of healing relatively new to the western world but it has been practised In the East and China for thousands of years. It is often seen as a treatment for pain however it can be used to treat a wide range of conditions.
MRI scans show acupuncture points triggering the body’s natural healing process by calming the central nervous system, releasing hormones and regulating endorphins. Scientific research supports what many people have experienced for years – acupuncture works.
How does acupuncture work?
All kinds of stress, overwork, lifestyle patterns and injury can upset our natural balance. When we are out of balance we have physical and emotional symptoms.
Acupuncture focuses on the health of the whole person in order to treat specific symptoms. Our health is dependent on the body’s motivating energy, known as Chi, moving in a smooth, balanced way through channels within the body. When our Chi becomes unbalanced or disrupted, illness results. Inserting fine needles at key points helps to unblock the flow of energy and restore normal balance, thereby stimulating the body’s own healing response.
In accordance with his extensive training Peter takes time to understand the root cause of your symptoms. Having established the relevant patterns of disharmony very fine needles are used to activate specific energy points on the body to help bring body and mind back to health.
What does acupuncture treat?
NICE (National Institute for Health & Care Excellence) recommends acupuncture for back pain and headaches.
Many thousands of clinical trials have verified the effectiveness of acupuncture. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the UK’s Department of Health recognise its value. As well as successfully treating painful conditions such as migraines and back pain, acupuncture can help many other ailments. The WHO (2002) lists conditions for which acupuncture has been proved through controlled trials to be an effective treatment:
|Allergic rhinitis||Biliary colic||Anxiety|
|Induction of labour||Knee pain||Low back pain|
|Foetal malposition||Morning sickness||Nausea and vomiting|
|Neck pain||Dental pain||Frozen shoulder|
|Postoperative pain||Renal colic||Rheumatoid arthritis|
The WHO lists a further 72 conditions for which the therapeutic effect of acupuncture has been shown through clinical trials but for which further proof would be helpful.
What does it feel like?
Peter uses carefully placed very fine needles which are much finer than those used for injections. Any initial sensation or discomfort is slight such that even children can cope with it. A small pricking sensation may be followed by an achy numb feeling. Needles may be left in for 20 minutes; usually you will feel little or nothing while you wait. Surprisingly the common effect of treatment is that the person being treated becomes more relaxed and centered.
Kindness is the key and you remain in control.
NB.Modesty is preserved by only uncovering the area to be worked on and by Peter leaving the room while the client changes and gets on or off the couch.