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Integrated Acupuncture

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I practice and teach five-element acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). I often use them together or separately, depending on the needs of the patient. Acupuncture stimulates the body's natural ability to heal and restore balance by using fine needles. Because of this, acupuncture can be effective for a wide range of physical and mental health issues. Chinese medicine is a comprehensive medical system, and acupuncture is just one of its components. While I don't prescribe Chinese herbs, I do incorporate adjunct treatments like cupping and Gua sha (a type of Chinese massage) into my practice. 

 But how does it work?

 Chinese medicine theory sees our body's functions as a complete system, in which all the organs, tissues, muscles, bones, emotions, and substances such as blood and body fluids work together to create health and wellness. The acupuncturist’s focus is to enhance the overall well-being of the patient, addressing the underlying cause of illness along with treating specific signs and symptoms.

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Acupuncture involves stimulating specific points on the body using fine needles to activate interconnected channels that link to organs, tissues, and substances deep within the body. Research attempts to determine the precise mechanism behind this process have been ongoing, but many aspects of acupuncture's effectiveness remain unclear from a conventional medical standpoint. However, it's widely recognised that Chinese medicine is a dynamic practice that can bring about significant improvements in overall health.

What on earth is this mysterious Qi?

In Chinese medicine, a person's health is determined by the body's motivating energy or Qi (pronounced "chee"). Simply put, Qi encompasses our immune system's ability to fight off infections, the digestive system's ability to extract strength from food (gut health), and our overall physical energy to lead a happy and well-rounded lifestyle (including cellular energy, hormones, and emotions).


This concept signifies the aliveness in our eyes and the vibrancy of our being. Illness occurs when the natural flow of Qi or energy interactions, such as those involving tendons, blood, or bones, are compromised due to various lifestyle factors including emotions, stress, diet, overwork, family health, weather conditions, infections, and injuries.


Acupuncture, by treating the entire person—body and mind—strives to restore a healthy and natural balance between the physical and emotional self, helping the individual move towards their optimal health.

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