Debbie is a fully qualified practitioner of Chinese Medicine, she is a member of the British Acupuncture Council and is fully insured and follows the gold standard safe practice guidelines. Debbie qualified in 2001 and trained at the London College of Traditional Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
She has continued to study over the years and gained wisdom from many related disciplines specialising in fertility and has great success in assisting the IVF process to enhance the success rate of pregnancy.
Debbie has studied with Kiko Matsumoto who is a master of Japanese Acupuncture. This is an important aspect of Debbie’s work as Japanese techniques have a uniquely gentle approach to needling.
Dietary advice also forms an important aspect of treatment.
What is Acupuncture?
Traditional Chinese medicine [T.C.M.] is a medical system which originated in China and Japan 5000 years ago and continues today to be of great benefit to health through the methods of Acupuncture, Moxibustion, Cupping, Massage and Dietary Therapy.
Clinical experience of over 3000 years has proven T.C.M. to be an effective remedy. Modern science is currently researching and discovering its capabilities.
Severe and acute illnesses are very well dealt with by Western medicine – however, steroids and chemical drugs often have side effects. T.C.M. provides a different type of treatment with fewer side effects and a more natural and effective holistic approach.
How does it work?
The principle of T.C.M. is to keep or recover the body’s physiological balance. The Qi (or energy of the body – pronounced Chi) should be strong and moving well and the organs should be functioning and in good order. The Qi circulates around the body through channels called “Meridians”. Imbalances of this energy can be the cause of illness or the result of illness, or mental emotional trauma. The balance of energy can be restored by stimulating acupuncture points along the appropriate acupuncture meridians.
Your first visit
A detailed case history is taken in order to ascertain the nature of your problem and the condition of your body. Questions will be asked about your current symptoms, previous treatments, past medical history, dietary habits and emotional state. An examination can include observation of the tongue and pulse, and maybe some Japanese abdominal diagnosis using gentle touch.
Treatment will not only address your symptoms but will also tackle the root cause of the illness or dis-ease that is causing the imbalance. This takes one hour for each session and maybe a little longer for the first visit.
Is it safe?
It is completely safe when practiced by a qualified practitioner who has undertaken appropriate training. all needles are pre-sterilised and stored in sealed packs.
They are used once and then safely disposed.
Does it hurt?
Generally patients seem to be pleasantly surprised by the experience of acupuncture. The needles are completely different to those used for painful injections in Western medicine. The needles used in acupuncture are very fine and silicone coated, and are much the same size as a hairs width!
The answer to the question however is that there may be a slight sensation as the needle is inserted, although not always, followed by a dull, heavy or warm sensation. Sometimes you don’t feel the insertion, and usually when the needles are in place a relaxed and pleasant feeling of well being ensues. It is common for clients to fall asleep.
The needles are in situ for between a few seconds up to 20 minutes.