Acupuncture Treatments in Harpenden and St Albans
What is Acupuncture?
During treatment, sterile, disposable, stainless steel needles are inserted into acupuncture points. The needles are so fine that there is usually little or no discomfort upon insertion. Aim of the treatment is to promote optimal flow of Qi in the meridians hence maintain one’s health and wellbeing and treat disease.
Conditions which can be treated through acupuncture:
- Ulcerative Colitis
- Long Covid symptoms
- Postpartum depression
- Postpartum infection in the lower abdomen
- Increasing milk production
- Hay fever
- Temporomandibular joints
- Fibromyalgia (maintenance)
- Painful periods (one particular patient was considering a hysterectomy due to unbearable pain in the lower abdomen, predominantly associated with menstruation; fortunately, after a few acupuncture treatments, the pain subsided)
- Musculoskeletal issues (ranging from shoulder pain, back pain, frozen shoulder to a one-sided pain extending from jaw to lower leg, calf pain, and stiffness)
Additional Services include:
- Ear acupuncture
Ear or auricular acupuncture is an alternative therapy based on a principle of ear being a microsystem reflecting the entire body. Very fine needles are inserted into points around the ear that correspond to the body's structures and organs. One of the most well-known techniques is the NADA protocol, which is used to address addictions, hot flushes, and PTSD.
- Gua Sha
Gua Sha is a full body treatment that enhances blood flow, releases heat-toxin and stimulates immune response by scraping parts of our body. Often Gua Sha results in petechiae, some small red/purple spots on the skin. However, they are painless and disappear after several days.
Cupping has been a therapy for many centuries. When applied to specific areas, suction cups create movement of blood and Qi, alleviating stagnation, helps with pain and improves immune function. Cupping is often used to alleviate back and neck pain, release tension in muscles, address cold and flu.
While cupping may result in temporary red marks afterward, the treatment itself is virtually painless and non-invasive
Other techniques I may use alongside acupuncture, Gua Sha and Cupping are:
- Electro acupuncture