What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine dating back thousands of years.   It involves inserting very thin needles into specific areas of your body.  There are 365 main acupuncture points all over your body linked by channels or meridians along which qi (pronounced chee) flows. Qi is your life force energy.  Each acupuncture point has a specific function relating to parts of your body and when that point is stimulated by the needle, it can have a multitude of beneficial effects allowing you to heal from within.

Five Element Acupuncture is about living in harmony with the natural cycles of the world around us. Nature accomplishes this without our interference and can satisfy all our needs if we allow it to. However the fast pace of life that we all live at a constant tempo 365 days a year is fighting against nature’s natural rhythm. We don’t tend to get up at sunrise and go to bed at sunset, nor do we get everything done in the summer so we can hibernate in the winter. Our busy lives do not allow us to do this. So when our body is supposed to be in balance with nature then it is no wonder that we sometimes struggle and find ourselves out of balance.

So why do people get sick?  When a body is healthy and in balance, it is able to resist factors that cause disease. Illness occurs when qi is disrupted, causing an imbalance. When the body is weakened by an imbalance, disease can invade and take over.  Acupuncture helps to keep your body in balance so that you are healthy.

How can acupuncture help?

Perhaps it's a short-term niggle you've been putting up with or a longer-term issue you've been dealing with.
Maybe you feel like you've lost your sparkle or the pressures of life are weighing you down.
Acupuncture has a wide range of health benefits and can help alleviate numerous symptoms.

  Lower back pain and Sciatica
Neck pain, Shoulder pain, Hip pain, Knee pain, Achilles pain
Carpal Tunnel
Osteoarthritis in hands
Headaches and Migraines
Stress and Anxiety
Strengthens the immune system
Improves blood circulation

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Five Element Acupuncture

Burst Into Action This Spring - Balancing your Wood Element
Be Content In The Lazy Hazy Days of Summer - Balancing your Fire Element
Find Stability In The Golden Glow Of Late Summer - Balancing your Earth Element
Feel Inspired And Let Go In Autumn - Balancing your Metal Element
Find Reassurance In The Depths Of Winter - Balancing your Water Element
Acupuncture for Migraines - To manage the symptoms and frequency of migraines
Acupuncture for Prevention of Colds - To strengthen your immune system to help prevent colds
Acupuncture for Hay Fever - To relieve and prevent hay fever symptoms
Acupuncture for Insomnia - To help overcome insomnia so that you get a good night's sleep
Acupuncture for Jetlag - Use an ancient technique to overcome the modern problem of feeling out of sync due to jetlag or shift work
Acupuncture for Stress Relief - To help relieve stress from everyday life and its associated symptoms
Acupuncture for Anxiety & Depression - To help release the stress trapped in your body that can trigger anxiety and depression

Injury Acupuncture

Acupuncture for Sciatica - To relieve and manage sciatica pain
Acupuncture for Arthritis - To relieve joint pain due to arthritis
Acupuncture for Achilles Pain - To relieve a painful Achilles tendon
Acupuncture for Elbow Tendonitis - To relieve pain due to tennis elbow and golfer's elbow
Acupuncture for Carpal Tunnel and Cubital Tunnel Syndromes - To relieve pain and discomfort from carpal tunnel syndrome and cubital tunnel syndrome
Acupuncture for Shoulder Tendonitis - To relieve shoulder pain