SE1 chartered london physiotherapist and qualified acupuncturist Christopher Curtis, City Back Pain Clinic at London Bridge SE1 Email link

London Bridge Clinic, Tulip House, 70 Borough High Street, London SE1 1XF - Telephone: 0800 328 3704

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CHINESE ACUPUNCTURE
 
What is Acupuncture?

The insertion of sterile acupuncture needles into the skin to promote health.

How does acupuncture work?

The qualified acupuncturist will ask to see the patient's tongue, eyes and may take the patients pulse, which would indicate any problems.

Within Chinese medicine there are 12 organs and one triple warmer, stomach bladder heart and so on. If the organs need stimulating or sedating, this can be achieved by what is called the mother son clock, where the organ correspond to hours of the day. For example, the heart organ corresponds to 12 noon, 4 am on the clock corresponds to the lung organ.
Sedation can be achieved by turning the needle anti clockwise, stimulation can be achieved by turning the needle clockwise, electrical stimulation and heat may also be used to sedate or stimulate an acupuncture point. A patient maybe diagnosed with hay fever, this would correspond to a weakness in the lungs.

If however the practitioner stimulated the lungs directly through the lung point, this would overload the organ and place too much energy into the lungs thus, counter acting the effect.

The acupuncture practitioner will choose to trickle the qi energy allowing the energy to slowly transfer into the lung through one or more organs. (In Chinese medicine qi energy is believed to be energy that exists in the body).

The analogy if we fill a pail of water on a revolving water wheel,  as the water is transferred to the pail below it continues to fill the next pail thus indirectly filling each pail of water. Thus the qi energy is indirectly transferred to the lungs, via other organs, thus gaining strength.

Inserting an acupuncture needle
The World Health Organization recognizes the use of acupuncture for the following health problems:

Digestive disorders, hyper- acidity acid reflux, indigestion problems, gastritis, irritable bowel syndrome, spastic colon, constipation and diarrhea.
Respiratory problems, allergies (hay fever), skin allergies, sinusitis, sore throat, bronchitis, and recurrent chest infection.
Neurological & muscular disorders, fibromyalgia, headaches, lower back pain, neck pain, rib neuritis, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow and golfer elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, sciatica, osteoarthritis and spinal injuries.
Urinary disorders, menstrual, and reproductive problems, which include infertility, sacral and coccyx pain.
Psycho – Emotional & Neurological Disorders, depression, anxiety disorders, addiction, insomnia, migraine, tension headaches, and trigeminal neuralgia.
Fertility and conception disorders, prenatal post–partum care.
PMS, menopausal symptoms tension stress and emotional conditions

How many treatments will I need?

This varies with every condition however anywhere between 6 to 8 treatments is the given norm or until a good response is achieved however longer treatments may be needed. Once an improvement is noted then further treatments at intervals of 4 to 8 weeks will be needed to maintain the benefit of treatment.
 
Is acupuncture painful?

The insertion of a needle is not normally painful. The needles used are only 0.02mm in diameter, very thin indeed. Once the needles are inserted a mild aching sensation may be felt. There is minimal bruising and skin irritation.

What are acupuncture needles like?

Normally acupuncture needles are very fine, made from surgical steel. They are factory vacuum sterilized before use. The Acupuncturist at City Clinic Group wears sterile gloves, cleans the area of skin to be acupunctured with alcohol swabs and needles are used once and disposed of.
 
IVF TREATMENT COMBINED WITH ACUPUNCTURE CAN GREATLY BOOST YOUR CHANCES OF PREGNANCY. RESEARCH HAS FOUND WOMEN ARE 65% MORE LIKELY TO GET PREGNANT WHEN HAVING ACUPUNCTURE WHILE UNDER GOING IVF TREATMENT.

When should I start my acupuncture course?

It is ideal to start your course of acupuncture eight weeks before your first cycle of IVF .The acupunctures will work very closely with you and your specialist to achieve a successful pregnancy.

Further help with Infertility

Trigger points or Myofascial points are hypersensitive areas of scar tissue or adhesions within the body that can cause muscle spasm, deep nagging aching and pain restricting blood flow to the ovaries, uterus and Fallopian tubes that may be part of the cause of infertility. With a comprehensive abdominal examination we can determine if you have Myofascial points (Trigger points). With special soft tissue release techniques and acupuncture our practitioners may help you achieve a successful pregnancy.
 
Further Information

YOU ARE ADVISED THAT YOU MAY FEEL TIRED AFTER ACUPUNCTURE TREATMENT.  IF YOU ARE TRAVELING BY CAR YOU ARE STRONGLY ADVISED TO HAVE SOMEONE TO ACCOMPANY YOU. FOR THE ATTENTION OF PATIENTS WHO GIVE BLOOD, YOU ARE ADVISED TO INFORM YOUR BLOOD TRANSFUSION CLINIC YOU HAVE HAD ACUPUNCURE BEFORE GIVING BLOOD. CITY CLINIC GROUP WILL SUPPLY YOU WITH A FORM ON REQUEST, TO PRESENT TO YOUR BLOOD TRANSFUSION CLINIC EXPLAINING YOU HAVE HAD ACUPUNCTURE.
 
City Clinic Group SE1 London
 
City Clinic Group including City Back Pain Clinic
conveniently located at SE1 location
Tulip House, 70 Borough High Street, London Bridge SE1 1XF

© 2011 Dr. Christopher Curtis Ostm, MCSP, Doctor of Osteomyology (non medical practitioner)
Chartered Physiotherapist, Qualified Acupuncturist
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