Traditional acupuncture is a healthcare system based on principles which go back over 2,000 thousand years. Fundamentally, Chinese medicine views ill health as being an imbalance and acupuncture is used to restore the body and mind to equilibrium. In this respect, physical, emotional and mental aspects of health are regarded as being profoundly connected and because of this each aspect is taken into account in treatment. A traditional acupuncturist will endeavor to treat the ‘whole person’ to produce a deep and fundamental change in their health rather then simply focusing on relieving the presenting symptoms.
Acupuncture is widely considered to be beneficial for a range of different illnesses and symptoms. The National Institute for Health Care Excellence (NICE) recommends acupuncture for clearly defined complaints such as headaches, vomiting, neck ache, backache and dental pain. But it can also be beneficial for more general feelings of ill health such as low energy.
Based on traditional belief, acupuncturists are trained to use subtle diagnostic techniques that have been developed and refined for centuries. The focus is on the individual, not their illness, which is why it is important that an acupuncturist knows and understands each patient, their constitution and lifestyle. Every patient is unique; so two people with the same western diagnosis may well receive different acupuncture treatments.
Traditional acupuncture is based on the underlying principle that illness and pain occur when the body’s vital energy (qi), does not flow freely. There can be many reasons for this: emotional and physical stress, poor nutrition, infection or injuries are among the most common. By inserting ultra-fine sterile needles into specific acupuncture points, a traditional acupuncturist seeks to restore balance and trigger the body’s natural healing response.
The amount of sessions that a patient requires will vary depending on their health problem and the way they respond to treatment and lifestyle advice. Claire likes to keep an open and honest dialogue with her patients about the most appropriate treatment for them.
Claire practices both Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Five Element Acupuncture.