All our practitioners are fully qualified, highly experienced and dedicated to on-going professional training. We attract patients from all over West Berkshire and North Hampshire, particularly Newbury, Hungerford and their surrounding villages. This website gives some information about the Natural Health Centre and the therapies we offer.
Acupuncture originated in China where it is still featured in mainstream healthcare, both as a stand-alone therapy and in combination with conventional western medicine. Acupuncture works to help maintain your body’s equilibrium. For a number of environmental and lifestyle reasons your body’s energy can become blocked or depleted resulting in symptoms of pain or illness.
Acupuncture takes a holistic approach to health and regards illness as a sign that the body is out of balance. The exact pattern and degree of imbalance is unique to each individual. Acupuncture treats you as a person not just your symptoms and treatment is aimed at the root cause of your condition. With this approach you may notice other health issues resolve as your main health complaint improves. Acupuncture can also be used as a preventive measure to strengthen the constitution and promote general well-being.
Treatment will be given at the first appointment with the use of very fine , sterile, single-use needles. The needles are gently inserted into points on the body specific to your needs. The points used are mainly below the knees and elbows. Most people describe the feeling from the needles as a dull ache or tingling. On rare occasions some people may feel discomfort but treatment should not be painful.
Treatment could also include the use of other techniques used in Chinese Medicine to stimulate the body’s energy or Qi such as:
Moxibustion: heat is applied to an acupuncture point or meridian using moxa (a therapeutic herb) and/or heat lamps to warm and relax muscles.
Tuina: Chinese therapeutic massage which relieves muscle tension, stimulates acupressure points and opens energy meridians stimulating the flow of energy.
Cupping: glass or plastic cups with a vacuum seal are placed on the skin to stimulate blood flow.
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