Acupuncture is a healthcare system based on traditional Chinese medicine principles dating over thousands of years. The underlying principle of treatment is that illness and pain occur when the body’s vital energy, Qi (pronounced ‘chee’) cannot flow freely.

There may be many reasons for this: emotional and physical stress, poor nutrition, infection or injury are among the most common.

By using very fine, single-use sterile needles to stimulate the acupuncture points, a traditional acupuncturist seeks to re-establish the free flow of Qi to restore balance and trigger the body’s natural healing response.

Acupuncture and Osteopath in Tring and Aylesbury

What can acupuncture help with?

Traditional acupuncture practitioners believe that where there is poor energy flow in the body, this leads to physical or mental illness. So, acupuncture is commonly used to help with the following:

  • Headaches and migraines
  • Chronic pain in the back, neck or joints
  • Pain following surgery or dental work
  • Arthritis
  • Skin problems
  • Digestive problems
  • Respiratory problems, such as asthma
  • Stress, tension or mild forms of depression
  • Menstrual and menopausal problems
  • Fertility issues
  • Insomnia
  • Autoimmune conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis

Acupuncture in Buckinghamshire

At our complementary health clinic in the village of Mentmore, near Aylesbury and Tring in Bucks, our acupuncturist practices Five Element acupuncture and can offer advice and treatment in our warm, comfortable surroundings.

Acupuncture is often used alongside osteopathy or reflexology, so our whole team frequently compare notes and ideas, working together to provide the right treatment for you.

To book an appointment or ask for advice, call 01296 661081

A typical acupuncture session

During your first visit a thorough history is undertaken of your main concern and of your general health and lifestyle (such as your sleeping pattern, appetite and digestion, and your emotional well-being). Your acupuncturist will also take your pulse on both wrists and may examine your tongue and feel for areas of muscular tension or pain.

The acupuncture points are located on energy lines called meridians, which range across the whole body, so sometimes the points used are not necessarily close to where you experience pain or discomfort. For example, if you suffer from headaches, needles might be inserted in your foot or hand.

Techniques – As well as needling the acupuncture points, a traditional acupuncturist may use other Chinese Medicine techniques such as:

  • Moxibustion:  heat is applied to an acupuncture point or meridian using moxa (a therapeutic herb) and/or heat lamps to warm and relax muscles and qi
  • Tui Na: Chinese therapeutic massage relieves muscle tension, stimulates acupuncture points, opens energy meridians and stimulates the flow of Qi
Acupuncture Aylesbury Tring

To book an appointment or ask for advice, fill out this form. Or call us on 01296 661081.