Conditions

Anxiety

Anxiety is a common state of inner tension with a neurotic disorder, the most common being mixed anxiety and depressive disorder. Many anxiety sufferers do not seek treatment for their condition, even though a lot of the sufferers expressed that the conditions affect their careers and relationships.

Anxiety can trigger a variety of panic responses and is caused by the complex interaction of psychological, physical and genetic influences. Some people who experience a traumatic event in childhood are more prone to anxiety than others.

Conventional medications may have side effects and many are used for short periods only as they are associated with high risks of dependence. Acupuncture can be used safely and effectively in conjunction with medication to minimize unwanted side effects.

Acupuncture has been used for centuries by Chinese clinicians for all types of anxiety disorders. Researches have shown that acupuncture helps increase energy improve sleep and uplift mood. For a better result, the treatment plan may consist of acupuncture, herbal medicine, lifestyle and dietary advice.

Asthma

Asthma can trigger attacks of wheezing and shortness of breath. It causes the immune system to overreact, producing histamine, making the lining of the airways become inflamed and swollen. The excess mucus can block the airways, leading to the airways becoming persistently inflamed over time.

According to Chinese medicine, asthma is related to weaknesses in lung function. The asthma sufferers often have a history of respiratory infections, which are either not treated properly or treated with antibiotics. This results in the retention of a pathogen in the Lungs which then interferes with Lung immune energy. The pathogen predisposes the person to further respiratory invasions and makes asthma worse.

A full consultation is necessary to identify what imbalances there are in the body and the possible causes. Acupuncture and herbal medicine both work by strengthening the function of the lungs and boosting the immune system in order to make the lining of the airways getting stronger reducing the trigger of asthma attacks.

Both acupuncture and herbs can be beneficial for asthma disorders, and the emphasis on treatment is to reduce inflammation and maximize lung function.

Back Pain

Back pain is one of the most common conditions seen in the clinic. It can be chronic or acute, most of them can be resolved by natural treatment, without the need for pain killers or surgery. It is often treated with acupuncture combined with acupressure, cupping therapy or herbal medicine.

Acute back pain includes severe pain, tingling or numbness in a leg, restricted movement, muscle spasms. It is usually triggered by lifting a heavy weight, a sudden heavy strain in the back, pinched nerves, misaligned spine or sports injury. The combined treatment of acupuncture, TuiNa with spinal assessment is necessary in order to relieve pain, treat the underlying issues, restore mobility and muscle function.

Chronic back pain may be caused by habitual poor posture, stress, long time sitting, joint dysfunction or muscle spasm, prolapsed disc or degenerative disease. The treatment may combine with the use of acupuncture, acupressure, cupping therapy or herbal medicine to achieve the best results.

In the clinic, we can deliver a comprehensive service for back pain. With acupuncture, TuiNa, cupping therapy, spinal alignment or herbal medicine, we aim to provide safe, effective and gentle treatment of back pain, often reducing pain and increasing mobility in just a few sessions.

To achieve lasting benefit from the treatment we aim to deal with the cause of the problem as well as the symptoms. For example, a painful lower back may be caused by a restricted ankle joint. Neck and arm pain may be caused by a poor working position hunched over a computer.

Bloating

Bloating is an uncomfortable condition where the abdomen becomes distended and swollen, It is often associated with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or premenstrual symptoms.

From a Chinese medicine perspective, bloating can come from different internal causes. For example, it can indicate an emotional tension in the digestive system, this causes energy and blood to stagnate in the digestive tract, resulting in bloating, pain and digestive disturbance. Bloating can be strongly affected by stress.

Acupressure and Chinese herbal medicine work effectively by clearing stagnation and strengthening the digestive process to resolve bloating.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition associated with pain, tingling or numbness in the wrist, hands, fingers or forearms. There may be difficulty in holding or gripping objects. Carpal tunnel syndrome can be caused by local inflammation of tendons and the surrounding area.

Conventional treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome is common with local corticosteroid injections, sometimes surgery is used in long-standing severe cases. The effectiveness is variable and many people may have the symptoms after surgery with the addition of a scar.

Acupuncture works by invigorating the blood flow throughout the area in order to relieve pain, reduce inflammation and help the wrists regain their full movement. With associated techniques of TuiNa treatment and specific cupping therapy or herbal medicine, the best results can often be achieved.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is one of the conditions which the World Health Organization states can be effectively treated with acupuncture. Often succeeding where physiotherapy cannot, acupuncture is very effective in the treatment of this condition. A course of 4-6 treatments can often see the problem resolved.

Circulatory Disorders

Every cell in the body depends on the healthy circulation of blood to deliver oxygen and nutrition and remove carbon dioxide and waste. Loss of adequate circulation can cause tissue damage and result in many types of diseases.

Poor circulation can manifest in many different ways from suffering from cold hands and feet to the varicose vein, hypertension, metabolic syndrome or hardening of the arteries. Organ tissues such as the retina of the eye and the filter of the kidney are particularly rich in circulation, because of their specific functions. Healthy circulation determines the blood supply and nutrient flow to all our vital tissues and organs in order to keep them strong and healthy.

One of the main ways in which acupuncture is understood to work in western medicine is by affecting the circulatory system and improving blood flow. From its treatment of musculoskeletal injuries to the improvement of the functioning of the organs, acupuncture and herbal medicine can work to change the blood flow to specific areas or more generally too.

In traditional Chinese medicine, the diagnoses of blood deficiency and blood stagnation are central to the diagnostic process. Because of its long experience with treating such conditions, both acupuncture and herbs can be very beneficial for treating circulatory disorders.

Coughs & Colds

Most people consider it normal to suffer from a few colds each year. The immune system can be strong enough that you can go for an entire year without suffering a cold. Chinese medicine through acupuncture and the immediate use of herbal medicines can stop a cold in its tracks and lessen both the severity and the duration of your cold, it can also help to clear any residual phlegm, mucous or stuffed nose leftover once the acute phase of cold has passed.

Other people experience more than just the occasional cold or flu. They may find that a cold will continue for a long while and the body finds it difficult to fully shrug it off. Or they may well recover from a cold or flu only to find that they contract another shortly thereafter.

Western medicines to reduce a fever or free the nasal passages work via suppressing the body’s immune responses to run a fever or produce inflammation and mucus. It is the opinion of Chinese medicine that it is this suppression without truly ridding the body of the cold or flu that leads to an overall weakening of the immune system and the resultant colds that people never seem to be able to shrug off.

Chinese medicine whether acupuncture or herbal medicine works to strengthen the body’s immune system to help you recover and also protect against future colds or flu. An advantage of herbal medicine is that you can have a herbal prescription ready to be taken immediately on the first sign of a cold without needing to come in for an appointment.

For some people, a cold or flu will tend to turn into more serious conditions such as recurring bronchitis or a flare-up of an asthmatic condition. Acupuncture and herbal medicine can boost the immune system in order to prevent colds, thereby breaking the vicious cycle of colds turning into more serious conditions which make the body more run down.

Constipation

Being constipated means your bowel movements are tough or happen less often than normal. Going longer than 3 or more days without one is usually too long. After 3 days, your poop gets harder and more difficult to pass. Although it’s not usually serious, you’ll feel much better when your body is back on track.

Constipation can also come in the form of stools with normal frequency but which are dry and hard, or even painful to pass. A sluggish bowel can cause not only local discomfort but also a feeling of fullness and overall sluggishness.

In order to form an appropriate treatment for you, an initial consultation is necessary to know about your bowel habits with a general understanding of your digestion and diet. Acupuncture, together with herbal medicine, can encourage easier passage of stools as well as return a sense of regularity to your bowels.

Acupuncture in conjunction with herbal medicine is useful in strengthening the overall digestive process from the metabolism of food to the absorption of nutrients. Constipation responds very well to acupuncture and herbal medicine treatment, and mostly you will start to see the improvement in 2-3 sessions.

Depression

Depression has become increasingly prevalent in modern society, many people experience depression severe enough to interfere with their normal life and activities.
Women are twice as likely to experience depression at times of hormonal changes, such as pre-menstrually, pregnancy, after childbirth and menopause.

Depression affects the general quality of life and can complicate other medical conditions. General symptoms of depression include anxiety, insomnia, low energy, fatigue, overeating, muscle pains, low self-esteem, poor concentration and impaired memory.

Chinese Medicine is a comprehensive system used for hundreds of years to increase energy and affect mood. it can effectively influence the complex interaction between our emotions and the body chemistries, hence promoting emotional and physical wellness.

Studies indicate that acupuncture also has fundamental effects upon the brain’s chemical message, and is as effective for depression as some conventionally used antidepressants without any side effects.

In our clinic, we take an individualized treatment plan that may involve acupuncture, herbal medicine or cupping therapy. The treatment always comes with regular consultations to say on top of progress, and reassure the overall benefits to the energy, vitality and a happy life.

Diarrhea

Diarrhea is a common problem. Whatever the cause of diarrhoea, the result is poor absorption of nutrients and water loss. Diarrhoea can be an indication of a food intolerance causing difficulty digesting certain foods. Alternatively, it could be a chronic weakness in the digestive system.

In order to find the underlying cause, a proper consultation is necessary to get more understanding of your diet, digestive system, emotion and stress level, as digestion can be strongly affected by stress, cause diarrhoea, constipation or IBS.

Acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and Chinese dietary therapy can all see good improvement in a wide range of digestive problems. Acupuncture in conjunction with herbal medicine is useful in easing gas, tension and bloating, strengthening the stomach and bowel to prevent the loss of nutrients. Acupuncture and herbal medicine offer effective treatment for all sorts of diarrhoea.

Eczema

Eczema is an ailment in which patches of skin become red, inflamed and itchy. It can involve both chronic and acute lesions to the skin. It can be triggered by irritant environmental factors or it can flare up caused by emotional stress.

In a condition where long term use of antibiotics, steroids or drugs may not be appropriate, as it may aid in an acute flare-up, but the inflammation may pass deep into the body and cause a worsening of the internal illness, and Chinese medicine can often provide an excellent alternative.

Chinese medicine views the skin issue as merely a problem on the surface of the body, it reflects a deeper underlying imbalance. Chinese herbal medicine has a strong history in the treatment of skin disorders, from acne, eczema, psoriasis and rosacea, we have seen good results in many cases.

Acupuncture and herbal medicine can be very effective in treating eczema. They work to cool the body and soothe the tissues locally in order to treat acute flare-ups as well as provide long-term improvement in the condition. In our clinic, we have seen so many successful cases over the years.

Frozen shoulder

Frozen shoulder is pain and stuffiness in and the shoulder that severely restricts movement. There may be shooting sensations that radiate either down the arm or into the neck and could also be tingling in the hands.

Frozen shoulders can occur very suddenly, it may be linked to injury or overuse of the joint that causes inflammation, Trigger points in the muscles could also create painful shorting of the muscles that control the shoulder joint, causing increased mechanical stress on the rotator cuff group of muscles.

Acupuncture can provide very effective treatment for most shoulder complaints, although herbal medicine may be used in certain situations. This may be combined with the use of medical TuiNa, or manipulation to achieve the best results.

In our clinic, treatment aims to treat the underlying cause where possible. Successful treatment will restore homeostasis within the tissue, can provide safe, effective and gentle treatment for frozen shoulder, often reducing pain and increasing mobility in just a few sessions.

Hay fever

Hay fever is considered a seasonal allergy and is a hypersensitivity of the nasal mucosa to certain substances such as the pollens, grasses, trees, flowers and emotional stress, or other allergens which are not linked to the seasons such as dust, mites, pollution or perfumes.

Hayfever manifests as frequent, sudden attacks of sneezing, stuffy nose, nasal discharge, itching, watering and red eyes. The chronic case is more nasal obstruction.

The usual prescription for any allergic disorder is antihistamines. Tiredness and drowsiness are common. The other strong medications can only use for a short time.

In terms of Chinese medicine, hay fever is chronic in nature, it recurs and indicates a dropper pathology, so acupuncture seeks to strengthen the body’s defences that it is no longer threatened by external allergens. Herbal medicine can also be given to strengthen the immune energy and address the internal weakness.

Successful treatment with acupuncture and herbal medicine carries long-term benefits, and some improvements in the hayfever may be seen in the first season of acupuncture treatment.

High blood pressure

High blood pressure is a common condition in the UK (i.e..a blood pressure of 140/90 or more). It is strongly affected by stress, overweight and some chronic degenerative disease.

Raised systolic pressure, top reading is more stress-related; while raised diastolic pressure is more common in older patients, it relates to the elasticity of the arteries, veins and blood vessels. It is seen as an earlier sign and an important indicator of leading to heart disease and stroke, so it is treated whenever it is diagnosed

Acupuncture along with herbal medicine is a common approach to treating hypertension in modern China as part of an integrated treatment plan and can be safely and effectively combined with conventional medicine and lifestyle changes.

In addition to acupuncture, release stress and tension, reduce body fat, increase the quality of sleep can help lower blood pressure. Successful treatment will restore homeostasis within the arteries, acupuncture can be a valuable part of an overall strategy to bring all aspects of long-term benefits together.

IBS (Irritable bowel syndrome)

IBS (Irritable bowel syndrome) is a modern common condition, the symptoms include abdominal pain, bloating, alternating diarrhoea and constipation, worse for stress and anxiety.

Within Chinese medicine, IBS refers to disharmony between the Stomach, Bowel and Emotions and it can be strongly affected by stress. Elevated stress hormones inhibit gastric acid secretion, causing tension which impairs our ability to effectively digest and absorb essential nutrients.

Since this is a functional problem rather than a structural problem with the digestive tract, acupuncture is a very good treatment choice along with herbal medicine, dietary and lifestyle advice.

Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture have been recognized and treated IBS for centuries. There are many types of research that have to support safe and effective treatments to strengthen the digestive process and release stress, anxiety and depression for a long-term successful result.

Insomnia

Everyone suffers from sleeplessness at some time. However, when this condition continues as insomnia it can be hugely debilitating, leading to tiredness, inability to concentrate, mood changes, etc. In many cases, Insomnia is associated with worries, stress, anxiety and adrenal fatigue.

Rather than attempting to take sleeping pills, Chinese medicine seeks to find the cause of insomnia and treat it from the root. Successful treatment will restore energy and regulate the body clock. Research recently shows that acupuncture effectively increases the levels of melatonin, a hormone that assists in normalizing sleep patterns.

A combination of acupuncture and herbal medicine is often the most effective method of treatment. Many of our patients have a dramatic effect and experience a good result in their sleep pattern, and report their health conditions have been improved psychologically, emotionally and mentally.

Knee Pain

Pain in the knees can be caused by a variety of conditions. Whether through strains, trauma, arthritis sports injury or degeneration of the joint, this can be a painful and debilitating problem.

Acupuncture works by increasing the blood flow throughout the area in order to relieve pain, reduce swelling and clear inflammation. In our clinic, we offer comprehensive treatment for knee pain, and with acupuncture and infrared treatment, the aim is to provide better care for reducing pain, increasing mobility and treating the knee pain from the root.

Acupuncture can be very effective in the treatment of knee pain, although herbal medicine may be used in certain situations. With associated techniques of radiofrequency, the best results can often be achieved by 3-5 sessions.

The musculoskeletal system

The musculoskeletal system is responsible for movement. It can cause discomfort, aches or pain if there is any imbalance in the musculoskeletal system. Whether a frozen shoulder, sciatic or a sprained ankle, simply acupuncture is excellent for helping recovery from injuries and improving aches and pain.

It is now commonplace for physiotherapists, chiropractors, osteopaths and doctors to use a little acupuncture as an adjunct to their treatments. And the reason they do it is that they know how well it works.

Treatment is usually by acupuncture, the technique of TuiNa, cupping therapy, spinal alignment or a combination of them. Although herbs can be used in stubborn or severe conditions. Treatment would often be weekly or more frequent at first to get over the acute phase and help provide successful treatment.

Neck pain

Neck pain and its associated problems of back and shoulder pain, headaches or dizziness is a very common condition seen in the clinic. Whether caused by stress, poor posture, injury, arthritis, general wear and tear or some unknown cause, this can be a distressing complaint causing both pain and restriction of movement.

Neck pain can simply be caused by stiffness, which can be a result of a bad posture for a prolonged period of time, a common occurrence in people who work on computers. Stress can also result in neck pain, often in combination with tension headaches.

In order to get a better result, acupuncture combined with TuiNa and cupping therapy can be very useful and can provide effective, safe and gentle treatment of neck pain, and often reducing pain and increasing mobility in just a few sessions.

Sometimes, the session of spinal alignment is very important with the patients who suffer from pinched nerves in order to focus on resolving the underlying problem, and herbal medicine may be also necessary in some cases.

Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)

Prolonged, repeated movements of any part of the body can lead to repetitive strain injury (RSI). It most commonly affects muscles and tendons in the arm. The condition can leave the patient with pain, numbness or tingling in the affected area. There may also be loss of function, strength or movement.

In repetitive strain injury, muscles or tendons become irritated over time due to movements that repeatedly subject them to strain and do not allow them sufficient time to recover.

With the increased use of computers, poor posture and seating positions along with repetitive and long term use of the mouse, keyboard and text on the phone are common causes.

Acupuncture works by increasing circulation and moving the blood in the surrounding area. By increasing the blood flow, it can help reduce inflammation, stop the pain from getting worse and treat the underlying issues.

Acupuncture is generally combined with acupressure, cupping therapy or herbal medicine if it is necessary for the effective treatment of repetitive strain injury. It usually takes 3-5 sessions to see big changes.

The respiratory system

The respiratory system dominates the water passages and controls the movements of water in the body, particularly the upper body. It explains the tendency to upper body oedema in chronic lung disease.

The respiratory system is much more than breathing. It is a common experience that fridge and loss may lead to lung conditions, and breathlessness is an indication that the lung is affected at a deep level.

Conventional medication or antibiotics are commonly used for respiratory conditions, but the suppression of the symptoms may lead the chronic issues.

From asthma, bronchitis, bronchiectasis and COPD (Chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder) to simple colds and coughs, acupuncture and herbal medicine can provide breathing relief. The emphasis on treatment is to reduce inflammation and maximize lung function.

Sciatica

Sciatica is pain that radiates anywhere down the leg. The pain can run from the buttock down and can affect either one or both legs. The cause of the pain may lie in the leg itself or often more commonly is caused by problems in the lower back.

Severe sciatica is usually caused by compression or damage to the sciatic nerve, the pain can be sharp and accompanied by tingling or numbness in the affected leg. The pain usually disappears gradually over time, but it may recur.

Acupuncture works by promoting blood flow in order to ease pain, release tension and reduce nerve sensitivity. Usually, the combined treatment is necessary to relieve trapped sciatica nerves, and with associated treatments of herbal medicine and TuiNa, cupping technics, the best results can often be achieved by 4-6 sessions.

In our clinic, the specialists have particular knowledge in the treatment of sciatica and back pain that allows us to provide the best treatment and a long term result.

Stress

Stress is now more considered as ill-health. With our busy lives, stress now seems an inevitable part of daily life, there is often very little time to truly relax. The mental strain of a fast-paced modern life can easily lead to unhealthy symptoms.

Stress can trigger a variety of responses in the human body, from physical responses to chemical changes, causing diarrhoea, IBS, anxiety, depression, headache, aches and pains or disturbed sleep, low energy, poor concentration and irritabilities.

Stress is a major issue that causes health problems, especially If the stress is prolonged, could make the body produce too many stress hormones, the bad chemicals could trigger the body’s stress response constantly, leading the body to get into imbalanced hormonal issues, such as PMT, fibroids, cysts, irregular period, acne, rosacea, sexual issues and infertility.

Acupuncture and Chinese herbs have been used for centuries by Chinese clinicians for stress-related issues. This makes it beneficial for helping the body and mind reducing stress and tension and returning to its normal resting state.

Sports injuries

Athletes and other people who exercise strenuously risk sports injuries, such as strains, sprains, bursitis or ligament injuries. Sports injuries may occur suddenly or may develop more gradually as a result of repeated stress. One-third of these injuries are serious enough to result in medical treatment or to affect normal day-to-day activities.

Most joint and muscle injuries require a course of several treatments to resolve symptoms. Each treatment elicits a response within the affected tissue, which may increase or decrease pain and inflammation.

Muscle injuries, such as hamstring strains or ankle sprains can occur in any sport, especially if you fail to warm up properly before starting. Painful knees often result from jumping, running or falling caused by sweeping and inflammation, and plantar fasciitis is common in long-distance runners, affects the sole of the foot.

Acupuncture is increasingly used by top sports players and athletes and can be very effective in the treatment of injury to joints, ligaments, tendons and muscles. It has been proven to increase pain suppressing hormones and endorphins which could account for its effectiveness in these cases as well as for those people suffering from arthritis, back pain, frozen shoulder and tennis elbow.

In our clinic acupuncture is effectively used to treat sports injuries and in conjunction with other therapies such as herbal medicine, TuiNa and cupping treatment. Successful treatment will restore the balance of the muscular system, relieve pain and accelerate healing.

Sinusitis

The sinuses were located between the eyes and either side of the nose are the most prone to infection and inflammation. They are affected due to an upper respiratory tract disorder such as the common cold, allergic rhinitis or where mucus is a predominant symptom. The mucus tends to collect in the sinuses and may flare up from time to time as an inflammation.

Within Chinese medicine, long-term sinusitis is often caused by repeated infections by the common cold or influenza viruses, it results in stagnation of mucus in the nose and sinuses. The sinuses may be tender to touch. It can be severe with facial pain or headache if the mucus is thick.

The conventional treatment of sinusitis is various, antibiotics are often prescribed for severer attacks, corticosteroids spray and surgery are also available, but the persistent suppression of medication may eventually weaken Lung energy and drive the phlegm deep into the lung.

The best treatment for sinusitis is acupuncture and herbal medicine. They are aimed at clearing the phlegm from the nasal cavities, strengthening the immune energy, so that provide long-lasting benefits for the whole body. Most improvements will be seen in the first session of acupuncture treatment.

Tennis elbow

Tennis elbow is a painful condition in which the pain on the outside of the elbow radiates up or down the arm. It is one of the most common injuries for sports, caused by frequent and over-rotation of the wrist and forearm. Tennis elbow is also a frequent cause of elbow, arm and thumb pain for computer and mobile phone users.

You may notice pain on the outside of the upper forearm, just below the end of the elbow, when lifting or bending the arm, gripping small objects, such as a pen, or twisting the forearm, such as opening a jar.

Acupuncture works by invigorating the blood flow throughout the area in order to relieve pain and reduce inflammation. With associated techniques of acupressure (TuiNa), acupuncture and cupping, the best results can often be achieved,

The World Health Organization states tennis elbow is one of the conditions that can be effectively treated with acupuncture. Often succeeding where physiotherapy cannot, acupuncture is very effective in the treatment of this condition and does not have any of the associated side effects of steroid injections, and usually, the problem can be resolved in 3-5 sessions.