Acupuncture

Welcome to Ashford-Acupoint

Acupuncture is a system based on Traditional Chinese Medicine dating back over 2000 years. It can be beneficial in a wide variety of conditions. Below is a list of common ailments seen in clinic. For further information there are links to the British Acupuncture Society and NHS websites on the news and links page. I will use my knowledge and skills as a registered nurse, acupuncturist and naturopath to holistically help you improve your health and well-being.

  • Acne
  • Anxiety
  • Asthma
  • Back Pain
  • Bell’s Palsy
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Colitis
  • Crohns
  • Cystitis
  • Depression
  • Endometriosis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Hay Fever
  • Headache
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Infertility
  • Insomnia
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Nausea
  • Osteoarthritis
  • PCOS
  • Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Sciatica
  • Sports Injuries
  • Stress

Although acupuncture can be highly effective administered on its’ own, other treatments can be used to assist the healing process as described on the treatments page.

 

AcupunctureThis is the insertion of fine needles into acupuncture points sited along defined meridians that traverse the body. Because the needles are very fine it is virtually painless. Acupuncture is based on the belief that an energy flows through the body in these meridians. This energy is known as Qi. Traditional beliefs are that if Qi cannot flow freely through the body, this can cause illness. Some more modern scientific beliefs are that acupuncture may stimulate nerves and muscle tissue, and that this may be responsible for its beneficial effects.


Cupping: Glass or plastic cups produce a suction effect against the skin. A small vacuum is created inside the cup using a lighted taper and the cup is then placed on the skin. The effect it produces is the opposite to massage whereby the skin and muscles are pulled upward rather than pressured downwards. The benefits of cupping are similar – the muscles within the area become more relaxed. Cups are usually left in place for around 10 minutes or can be glided gently across the skin which has been previously oiled

Moxa A traditional Chinese herb (mugwort) which can be burned to produce heating or eliminating effects within the body.  The purpose of moxibustion, as with most forms of traditional Chinese medicine, is to strengthen and stimulate the flow of qi, and maintain general health.


Gua-Sha: Rubbing of the skin in areas of pain reveal varying degrees of redness or ‘sha’. Raising ‘sha’ is said to remove blood stagnation considered pathogenic in traditional Chinese medicine. Modern research shows the  petechiae (redness) produces an anti inflammatory and immune protective effect that persists for days following Gua sha treatment.


Cosmetic Acupuncture: Improves skin tone and texture, stimulates collagen to plump up the skin. Tightens muscles in the face and neck and encourages cell regeneration smoothing lines and wrinkles. (Not recommended for those with high blood pressure, migraine sufferers)


Naturopathy: Is a system that supports the body’s innate ability to heal itself through nutrition, exercise and life-style advice.  It is a holistic system which believes that good health is not the same as the absence of disease and that promoting a general state of wellbeing through dietary principles, lifestyle, exercise and other techniques is an effective way to manage our physiological systems.  Naturopathy may be beneficial for a wide range of acute or chronic conditions as well as a general practice for living well. With each individual I will offer advice on changes that can be adopted in combination with your acupuncture treatment.

 

 

About me

My name is Michelle,  I  have been nursing for 15 years , specialising in Cardiac medicine. I am  qualified in Acupuncture and Naturopathy. I feel that I can offer both experience and knowledge with treatments to each individual fusing  this complementary therapy with my nursing career .

 

Prices For Acupuncture 

Acupuncture treatment – £35  1 hour sessions (no extra charge for 1st appointments)

During these sessions cupping, moxa or gua-sha may be used depending on your individual needs – these are incorporated  into the price stated.

Cosmetic facial acupuncture – £45  1.5 hour session

Concessions available:

NHS and KCC staff – Acupuncture treatment – £25 (Valid photo id badge will be required)

Patients receiving care under the chronic pain team can enquire about a reduced rate of acupuncture treatment.  (A letter of confirmation from the hospital/GP will be required).

Concessions do not apply for cosmetic facial acupuncture

CONTACT DETAILS  

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(leave details on the dedicated answer phone and Michelle will call back)
Acupuncture is available at Harmony Health Clinic every Wednesday .  Appointments available up till 8pm. Other days/evenings may be available, please enquire.

Check our Special Offers Page for Amazing Acupuncture offers !!   please note these offers must be quoted at time of booking 



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