What is it?

Acupuncture is an ancient system of healing developed over thousands of years as part of the traditional medicine of China. Evidence suggests that it was practiced as long as 3,000 years ago. This technique is used 'holistically', meaning it's effect restores balance of the universal energy Qi (pronounced chee) throughout the whole body. The flow of energy Qi moves around the body in paths called meridians.  If these get blocked symptoms occur, caused by energy stagnation, resulting in pain and dysfunction in the area. By applying fine steralised needles into strategic points on the body, a balance of the Qi occurs thus restoring balance, harmony and health.

How does it work?

An acupuncture point is an area located on the body's surface which has an especially high level of nerve endings. Pain relief is obtained through stimulating the nervous system locally at these points, which then transmits to the spinal cord and up to the brain. This stimulates neurotransmitters to produce endorphins, your body's natural pain relieving chemicals.

The effects of subsequent treatments are cumulative, affecting many areas, and can have resounding success where conventional medicine has failed. There is often an immediate result noted, improving further as treatment progresses.

Very fine, sterilised, single use needles are used then disposed of in the appropriate manner.

Conditions which benefit from Acupuncture

In clinical experience Ingrid has found acupuncture to be beneficial at relieving many painful, acute and chronic conditions, for example:

  • Back and neck pain    
  • Muscle and tendon injury
  • Allergies 
  • Reduction of swelling
  • Sport injuries
  • Joint problems: arthritis, osteoarthritis
  • Allergies: hayfever, sinusitis, rhinitis
  • Skin conditions
  • Stress: panic attacks, insomnia
  • Nausia
  • Cardio-vascular disease, high blood pressure, varicose veins 
  • Women's health problems: infertility, poor bladder control, menopause, fatigue
  • And many more conditions

Acupuncture is one of the pillars of Chinese medicine; diet, exercise, nutrition and herbs being the others. Often these will also be part of your treatment to restore health-energy-vitality the natural way.

Ingrid has practised acupuncture since 1992, gaining years of experience and success with a comprehensive list of conditions. Recently she has added Koryo auricular therapy and Koryo hand therapy to increase the effectiveness of the technique. This also enables her to offer the popular acupuncture method to those who wish to avoid needles. 

High standards of practice are maintained by being a member of the Acupuncture Association of Physiotherapists (AACP). This clinical interest group monitors the standards of training and practise and ensures their high standards of competence are met by sustaining a continual professional development portfolio.