Acupuncture is an ancient system of healing developed over thousands of years as part of traditional oriental medicine. It has evolved into a system of medicine that restores and maintains health by the insertion of fine needles into acupuncture points just beneath the body surface. These points are in very specific locations and lie on channels of energy.

During the first consultation, the practitioner determines by careful questioning the nature of the disharmony. This is done by taking details of the symptoms, past medical history, family history, lifestyle and diet. The tongue and the pulse and sometimes the abdomen are also examined. What the practitioner is looking for is not symptoms in isolation, but rather a pattern into which is woven a total picture of the patient.

Each person is treated as an individual, therefore even if two people have the same kind of symptoms the treatment they receive may be different as the underlying cause of the problem may not be the same. Also the rate of change can vary between different people as their own bodies healing ability may vary. You are monitored at every consultation, and your treatment is modified regularly as your condition changes and improves.

Usually, a feeling of peace and relaxation comes during acupuncture treatment and you should be fine to travel home alone afterwards. If you are in any doubt you could take a friend with you on your first visit.

Esmee Wood Lic Ac. BSc (Hons) MBAcC. Dip Tui Na.

Esmee Esmee holds a first class BSc (hons) degree in acupuncture from the world renowned College of Integrated Chinese Medicine where she studied both TCM and Five Element styles of acupuncture. She has also completed a post graduate diploma in Tuina - Chinese therapeutic massage.

She treats a broad range of conditions and has specialist training in treating both acute and chronic musco-skeletal conditions. She also has a keen interested in fertility and gynaecology including both pre and post-natal care.

Esmee provided individually tailored treatments for her patients ensuring they receive the highest standard of treatment possible. She incorporates adjunctive techniques into her treatments if necessary, these include moxa, cupping and guasha. She believes the lifestyle advice is of the upmost importance, working together with her patients to encourage them to make small changes which will in turn enable them to take charge of their own health.

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