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Hi, I am Janice and I am a practising acupuncturist specialising in Traditional Chinese Acupuncture. As well as aches and pains, acupuncture is useful for gynaecological, bowel and skin problems as well as building up your immune system to fight against disease. I also offer cosmetic acupuncture.


What is traditional acupuncture?

Traditional acupuncture originated in China about 5,000 years ago. It is a complex system of examination, diagnosis and treatment. It focuses on prevention; it is a healing art and science which teaches how to see the entire human being in body/mind/spirit, how to recognise the process of health and illness and how to go about the restoration of lost health in an individual.

The main basis is the Chinese believe that there is a Life force called QI Energy, and that this live force flows within us in a harmonious, balanced way. If this harmony is disturbed, then disharmony and imbalance ensues.

We may feel the distress as a migraine, ulcer or a period of depression, arthritis, insomnia or any other illness. From the Chinese point of view, these symptoms point to trouble somewhere in the flow of the QI Energy.

Westerners would say the symptom is the trouble itself and so try to eliminate it, but Chinese medicine would want to diagnose the root of the problem

What to expect

Acupuncture is for everyone. You don’t need to be in ill health to have it either. It works to restore the natural balance of health in the body, and to maintain optimum health.

Traditional 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, and all the symptoms are seen in relation to each other. Each patient is unique; two people with the same western diagnosis may well receive different acupuncture treatments. It is tailored to you only. Treatment is aimed to reach the root of your condition, as well as your symptoms. The result can lead to a more permanent resolution of your problems.

Each treatment takes an hour.

Most people’s experience of needles is of those used in injections and blood tests. Acupuncture needles bear little resemblance to these. They are much finer, and are solid rather than hollow. When the needle is inserted the sensation is often described as a tingling, or a dull sensation like a small bruise.

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Neck and shoulder pain

Stiff neck: The stiff neck is most commonly due to repeated strains and can be easily cured.

It can be aggravated when shoulders are moved. Often occurs in sleeping when having caught a cold and also due to bad posture.

Repeated strain of neck and shoulder leads to headaches, tinnitus and bad concentration. Some repeated strains tend to become peripheral arthritis of the shoulder.

Peripheral arthritis of shoulder: if there are repeated episodes of inflammation or injury to the muscles and ligaments around the shoulder this leads to a frozen shoulder.

Allergies

The most common allergic diseases are asthma, hay fever and urticaria or sinusitis. These are caused by invasion of allergens into the body, which causes the immune system to respond, damaging the body itself, in some cases. Some allergens invade thru the respiratory tract, i.e. pollen and house dust, some thru the digestive tract, i.e. shell-fish, milk; others thru skin, i.e. chemicals, bacteria and viruses as well. Some people with weak immune systems are unable to fight the attack and the tissues where the allergens are present are damaged.

Western medicine suppresses the immune system or counters the effectors that the immune system releases i.e. steroids and histamines; which have side effects. Persistent suppression of the immune system leads to decreasing the body’s ability to resist attacks. Chinese acupuncture can adjust, not only suppress the function of the immune system thus improve the normal function activity of the immune system but also enhance the body’s ability to resist infectious diseases.

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Arthritis

Poor defensive energy, exposure to wind with sweating after physical exertion, catching cold in the water or dwelling in a damp place for a long time, may cause an outside invasion of wind, cold and damp into the body when the body is weak. If the invasion penetrates the meridians, it will cause poor circulation of Qi and blood and arthritis may develop.

Bells palsy

Is a peripheral nerve problem caused by acute inflammation of the facial nerve. Swelling blocks the passage of nerve impulses which leads to paralysis on one side and a derangement of Qi and blood and malnutrition of the meridians. It is caused by invasion of wind, cold or phlegm.

Arthritis

Poor defensive energy, exposure to wind with sweating after physical exertion, catching cold in the water or dwelling in a damp place for a long time, may cause an outside invasion of wind, cold and damp into the body when the body is weak. If the invasion penetrates the meridians, it will cause poor circulation of Qi and blood and arthritis may develop.

Bells palsy

Is a peripheral nerve problem caused by acute inflammation of the facial nerve. Swelling blocks the passage of nerve impulses which leads to paralysis on one side and a derangement of Qi and blood and malnutrition of the meridians. It is caused by invasion of wind, cold or phlegm.

Cancer

Chinese acupuncture can enhance the function of the immune system thus improving the body’s response to chemotherapy which disables people and causes more problems due to side-effects such as tiredness, lack of appetite, bowel disorders, etc. It also enhances the body’s ability to resist infectious diseases.

Anaemia

It affects the spleen, liver and kidneys, so strengthening the spleen and replenishing the liver and kidneys are very important for treatment. Qi regulates blood circulation, long time blood deficientchy will lead to Qi deficientcy. Also Kidney Yin deficiency can lead to blood deficiency.

Blood def: Patients feel dizzy, vertigo, tinnitus, palpitation, irregular menstruation, abdo pain, plae lips and nails.

Qi and Blood def: Pale complexion, dizy, blurred vision palpitations, anxiety, shortness of breath, lazy speech, poor appetite, tired.

Kidney Yin def: Anaemia with afternoon high fever, night sweats, weing a lot, weakness of knees.

Diabetes

Basically caused by an improper diet, long-term exhaustion, over stress, genetics, etc. The person can be tired, lose weight, have polyuria or turbid urine.

Irritable bowel syndrome

The affects can be abdominal pain, acute and chronic enteritis, gastrointestinal spasm, indigestion with heart burn and burping. Spleen Qi deficiency is the primary cause of this condition. While a dysfunctional liver and kidney are often the secondary cause. Patient with this deficiency have problems with digesting food and if long term, diarrhoea follows.

Harmful emotional factors such as stress, depression and anxiety can worsen the condition.

If this condition is untreated, the spleen will fail to nourish the kidney and lead to further problems.

Peptic ulcer

This includes gastric ulcers and duodenal ulcers cause epigastric pain, with belching, acid regurgitation, nausea, vomiting, abdominal distension, poor appetite, fatigue nd irregular bowel movements. It is also related to emotional problems, improper diet and def of spleen and stomach.

These can show as:

Disharmony between the liver and stomach;, phlegm-heat disturbin the stomach, dampness due to spleen deficiency, cold of the spleen and stomach, cold and heat in the stomach due to Spleen Qi def

Urinary inflammatory disease

Mainly involves the female, soreness of the waist, lumbago, abnormal urination or fever. If not treated it becomes chronic. Seen as: damp heat, excessive heart fire, accumulation fo water and heat complicated with Yin def, kidney Yang def, kidney yin and yang def

Insomnia

It is a sort of chronic problem accompanied with dizziness, poor concentration and poor memory. It is caused by emotional factors, long-term mental factors together with hard work.

Depression & Stress

Stress and depression are two different disorders; difficult to distinguish them, clinically. May suffer from both at the same time or may feel confusion about their exact meanings. Besides the emotional feeling or reaction, there are usually some physical disorders such as insomnia, poor appetite, lassitude, headache, migraine, ulcers, anxiousness, muscular tension, restlessness, IBS and distending abdomen.

A sort of social common problem which includes mental and physical stress.

Diagnosis: It can be due to liver Qi stagnation, phlegm-heat disturbing the gallbladder or heart yin def

From the Chinese point of view, these symptoms point to trouble somewhere in the flow of the QI Energy, and this needs to be sorted with acupuncture.

Menopause

Menopause is when the ovarian function gradually slows down until it completely stops. It happens between the ages of 45-55. During this time some women may suffer from a series of symptoms including physical and emotional aspects such as irregular menstruation, fever, sweating, palpitations, insomnia, tinnitus, emotional irritability or depression.

Chinese theory believes it is an imbalance of the Yin and Yang in the body. If mild, the body can recover, independently. But for severe cases, the body is unable to recover and needs acupuncture treatment that will harmonise the Qi, blood and body and restore the balance of Yin and Yang.

Dysmennorhea

This condition is due to a blockage of Qi which affects the flow of menstruation and could cause abdominal pain. Unblocking the particular meridian and allowing the flow of qi will alleviate the problem.

Hypertension

Usually occurs because of an imbalance due to anxiety, mental stress, overeating greasy food, smoking or drinking.

The main symptoms are: dizzy, headache, tinnitus, irritability and tiredness. The symptoms can be divided into three. The hyperactivity of Yang due to deficiency of Yin. Wind phlegm blocking meridians and liver fire flaming upwards and causing bitter taste in the mouth, red, swollen and painful eyes, earache, tinnitus, deafness, headache and pain below the ribs.

Impotence

It refers to the penis failing to be erect or not erect for enough time to perform the sex act. It can be due to organic and functional disorders.The Chinese mainly relate this to a blood deficiency, kidney deficiency, damp heat, Qi stagnation and blood stasis. or a blockage in the flow of Qi or body fluid.

Diagnosed as: liver qi stag with blood def,damp heat, blood stasis with dampness obstruction, kidney yin def, kidney yang def.

Infertility

Refers to when a woman fails to become pregnant. Female infertility includes primary infertility and secondary infertility. If the repro function of her husband is normal and she does not become preg, it is primary infertility. If she fails to become preg aftar a previous labour or miscarriage, the term is secondary infertility.. the exuberance of qi, blood, normal functions of the liver and kidneys and a balanced emotional state is important for the uterus to get nourishment for the Governor and Conception meridians.

Diagnosis is: qi and blood def, liver and kidney yin def, dampness obstructing the meridians.

Every woman will present with different symptoms and will be treated as such.

Migraine

A disharmony of Qi and blood in the head or emotional stress or a blockage in the meridians may cause an attack of wind and cold to cause a migraine

Multiple Sclerosis

Is a problem of the nervous system, characterised by numbness and atrophy of the limbs. The Chinese believe it is a malnourishment of the meridians.

Commons symptoms include: tingling pain or numbness in and area, painful spasm of the limbs, weakness, profound fatigue, poor memory, blurred vision, dizziness, nausea or tinnitus.

Skin diseases

Changes in the skin are closely related to physiological and pathological changes of Qi and blood. There is either swelling and blisters formed on the skin or black, brown or white macules on the skin or rough and itchy skin.

This can include: herpes, eczema, urticaria, psoriasis, rosea, acne or dermatitis.

Cosmetic acupuncture

Make Facial Enhancement Acupuncture a regular part of your beauty regime.  Acupuncture stimulates the flow of blood and nutrients into the face, energising cell rejuvenation and the production of elastin and collagen. It tightens the fibres to create tighter muscle tone. It is an excellent alternative to surgery or botox as it is safe with no side effects or risk of disfigurement.

Treatment can be started from your twenties to prevent as many signs of aging. Later on in life, treatment can help to refreshand re-energise your skin to cope with the onslaught of wrinkles. The whole body is treated as well as your face to ensure a healthy flow of Qi along the meridians. Over the course of treatments the patient can not only expect to be looking more radiant and their skin revitalised, but they will also start to feel more at balance and happy in themselves. The Irish Times recently acclaimed this treatment as:

"...a viable alternative to cosmetic surgery and the effects can run much deeper than simply improving appearances."

When the patient feels more in control of their body, mind and spirit they can then start to address other issues in their lives. These may be things to do with exercise or lifestyle, or maybe they would like to stop smoking, or loose some weight. These are all things that we can achieve when we are in balance and feeling good about ourselves, once you start to feel like this, you will be surprised how much your self image improves.

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