Five Element Acupuncture in central London
Acupuncture has an alternative but complementary approach to Western medicine. It is one of the safest medicines practiced in the UK, with an increasing body of clinical evidence.
Some people use acupuncture as a preventative measure to strengthen their constitution against falling ill. Many come to acupuncture when they feel unwell, but do not fit into the disease categories used in conventional medicine. Others use it as support alongside Western medicine.
One of the great benefits of acupuncture is that is has no side-effects, but it can also be used to alleviate the side-effects of drug regimes, and reduce long term dependency.
Western science has still not been able to explain how acupuncture works. In part this is because the modern approach to medicine makes a distinction between mind and body. However, most of us will at some time have experienced our moods affecting us physically: we may feel sick with worry and anxiety, choked with anger and frustration, or depressed with sadness and grief. Different emotions will knot, scatter, sink, raise, or dissolve energy, creating pathology in the body. Acupuncture addresses both internal and external causes of illness to effect holistic healing.
Does it just treat pain?
Many people have heard about the benefits of treating acupuncture for pain. Or they’ve heard about it being used to treat, for example, bladder incontinence in a Western medicine setting. But why does it work only 50% of the time in these settings? Because practitioner in these settings haven’t undergone the 1000s of hours of training received by a traditional acupuncturist. Is the bladder incontinence caused by an excess of energy or a deficiency of Qi? If you don’t know the answer to that, it’s pot luck, hence why the treatments only work 50% of the time!
Also, practitioners on short courses have not received the training to treat the underlying cause of an illness, only to deal with symptoms. They’ve taken parts of a whole system of medicine, and tacked it onto a drugs based system, which have their own sometimes devastating side effects. But if you like the sciency stuff, then here’s a video that explain the pathways involved, from a western medicine perspective. Here we see that acupuncture has an effect at the local level, but also systemically.
Take a look around the website. There’s a list of conditions the World Health Organisation recommends acupuncture for; details of what to expect from and at your treatment; information about the fascinating and elegant Five Elements (core principles about the universal movement of energies); some information about me, your practitioner; and of course details about where I practice.
I use a combination of acupuncture, moxibustion, massage, cupping, gua sha, mindfulness breathing, and nutritional advice.
Clinics serve the areas of London, Victoria, Pimlico, Westminster, Belgravia, SW1, City of London, Farringdon, Barbican, Shoreditch, EC1, EC2, Islington.