Traditional Chinese Acupuncture and 5-Element acupuncture are holistic treatments that treat the whole body. They differ significantly from ‘dry needling’ that you would receive from a GP, physiotherapist or osteopath for trigger point pain.
Traditional Chinese Acupuncture
Traditional Chinese Acupuncture requires a specific style of consultation that covers all aspects of your health, emotional wellbeing, living environment, childhood illnesses, nutrition and drinking habits as well as your bowel movements, gynaecological history, physical and emotional traumas,
surgery etc. This is because we believe everything that has happened to you has an impact on your health today. A good example is someone who comes i
n with backache that the physiotherapist has not been able to fix, the pain-killers don’t work and X-rays do not reveal anything. A practitioner of TCM would find out from you that your backache began 3 years ago and at the same time in your life you experienced a bereavement. We would understand that the grief caused you to stoop, your shoulders to become rounded and your head to hang down, all of which would put pressure on your back. We would then treat your emotions using acupuncture for bereavement then the local muscle spasms and pain as a secondary symptom.
The principles behind 5-Element acupuncture are that humans are an extension of the natural world and our body is seen as the ‘human landscape’ which is afflicted by the same elements in nature as the environment around us. In a similar manner our temperament, predisposition to illness, way of relating to others correspond to one of the five elements: Fire, Earth, Metal, Water and Wood. Treatments typically use fewer needles than Traditional Acupuncture and can be performed much faster in many instance.
Simone studied at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine and learned both styles. In practice she commonly uses both depending upon the client and the presenting conditions at the time.
Combining the ancient art of acupuncture with the modern technology of electro-stimulation, this powerful treatment is excellent for pain or stubborn conditions. It is similar to using a TENS machine for pain-management but the intensity can be dialed up or down by the client as needed.