Conditions


Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), also known as Myalgic Encephalitis is characterised by a long term tiredness and exhaustion that is not relieved by sleep. Other symptoms include muscle and joint pain, headache, poor concentration, tender lymph nodes, digestive problems, insomnia, depression and anxiety and excess sweating. The exact cause of CFS is unknown to Western medicine, but is thought to be triggered by viral infections e.g. Glandular Fever. In Chinese medicine, CFS is considered to be the result of a ‘retained pathogen’. In this case the pathogen is external, has invaded the body and is hidden within. This pathogen is an energetic entity that blocks the free flow of Qi, and is typically ‘Damp’ and/or ‘Heat’. The treatment is aimed at draining the ‘Damp’ from the body and eliminating the ‘Heat’.

Treatments that may help C.F.S

Acupuncture
Cupping Therapy

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a painful and distressing condition, which, from a Western medicine perspective, there is little in the way of treatment options. In the West, IBS is considered a functional disorder, rather than an organic disease. From the TCM standpoint, the main causes of IBS are Liver Qi stagnation and a weak Spleen. Liver Qi stagnates when we encounter stresses, frustrations and anger in our lives. Weakness of the Spleen equates to weakness in the digestive system, usually because of dietary choices and eating patterns. Treating IBS with Acupuncture will be a two pronged therapy, one to release the stagnant Liver Qi, and the second to rebalance the Spleen.

Treatments that may help IBS

Acupuncture
Tui Na
Gua Sha

Hay Fever

 

Hay Fever is the bodies’ overreaction to an otherwise harmless antigen. This antigen is pollen, be it tree, grass or other plant pollen. The symptoms include sneezing, runny nose and itchy eyes, and can be debilitating if severe. TCM describes the cause of Allergic Rhinitis(hay Fever) as being the deficiency of the Lung and Kidney defensive Qi, and chronic ‘Wind’ in the nose. The treatment for Hay Fever differs according to where in the ‘season’ the patient is. If the patient is not in an active phase, then the ‘root’ of the condition can be treated by tonifying and strengthening the Lung and kidney defensive Qi. Whereas, if the patient is manifesting Hay Fever, the manifestation is treated, to reduce the symptoms.

Treatments that may benefit Hay fever

Acupuncture
Hopi Ear Candle Therapy
Cupping Therapy

Menstrual Problems

 

Many women may unknowingly experience menstrual problems, as they are only aware of what is normal for their body. Heavy bleeding, an irregular cycle, painful and debilitating cramps or pre-menstrual syndrome can all be indicative of menstrual problems. These symptoms need not be endured as these are all indicators of menstrual problems that may be resolved through Acupuncture.

By restoring the bodies balance, Acupuncture may alleviate all symptoms of menstrual problems, leading to pain-free periods and a calmed menstrual cycle. During the initial consultation, diagnosing the cause of, and solution to, the menstrual problem will come from discussion about the symptoms with a view to overcoming any pain or tension related to menstruation. The use of contraceptives or other medication that may affect your cycle will be taken into account.

Treatments that may help menstrual problems

Acupuncture

The Menopause

‘The Menopause’ is the term used to describe the process all women go through, when their oestrogen levels fall and their periods cease. There are a number of symptoms that may be experienced, triggered by the hormonal changes. These include:

  • Hot flushes
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Palpitations,
  • joint pain
  • Irritability
  • Insomnia

And for around 1in 5 women these will be marked, having a significant impact on their lives.

From a TCM perspective, the reproductive system is associated with a concentrated Qi (Chee) called ‘JING’. We inherit, in part, Jing from our parents, and we use this essence during our life, in work rest and play. Assuming a balanced life we do not use our Jing too quickly, however with an unbalanced lifestyle, Jing may be used too quickly, which happens quite often in our western lifestyle. This may also explain why the menopause is such a problem in the west, compared to the women in the undeveloped world.

Acupuncture, whilst not halting the ageing process, may support a women through the menopause, by restoring the bodies balance, making the change less disruptive.

Treatments that may help with the menopause

Acupuncture