The focus for a traditional acupuncturist is to establish harmony and balance between all of the body's functions and processes by rebalancing the energetic system that underlies health, thereby assisting the body's innate healing ability and helping it to readjust. All symptoms are seen as part of an interconnected pattern so treatment is focused on the patient as an individual. Thus the beauty of acupuncture is this 'tailor made' aspect; treatments specifically designed for you.
Yvonne's therapeutic approach
Yvonne will take a close in-depth look at your health issues and all aspects of your life including your emotional health, and the effect your lifestyle, work and relationships may be having on your health. This will assist her in formulating a treatment programme, tailor made for you.
In Chinese medicine, the mind is not considered as a separate entity to the body, in fact, it fully recognises and embraces the need for all levels of the body (physical, mental and emotional) to be working harmoniously.
- 'Patterns of harmony in one system both reflect and generate patterns of harmony in other systems, therefore in order for a larger system to be in balance as a whole, each smaller system within it must itself be balanced.'
(A Guide to Chinese Medicine: Beinfield and Korngold 1991).
There are many styles of acupuncture, traditional and modern. Training in traditional acupuncture involves degree-level training for a significant period of time, usually at least three years. At Pathway Acupuncture, the main style of acupuncture practised is Five Element acupuncture because it is ideally suited to treating the patient at the root of the distress, not simply just alleviating the symptoms.
Research and evidence
Figures released by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR: the research arm of the NHS), show that around 4 million acupuncture treatments are provided each year in the UK. A recent analysis of the most robust evidence from high-quality trials on acupuncture undertaken by the NIHR, revealed that acupuncture is shown to have benefits in the treatment of some types of chronic pain.
Additionally a randomised controlled trial carried out on patients experiencing 'medically unexplained symptoms', concluded that sessions of five-element acupuncture resulted in 'improved health status and wellbeing'.
The British Acupuncture Council has accurate and unbiased information regarding treatment with acupuncture, including some research based fact sheets for more than 60 conditions for which acupuncture may help.
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