Why Acupuncture?

Simple, effective relief from a range of everyday physical and emotional disorders.

  • Do you have an ongoing physical or emotional condition that it seems conventional medicine and other therapies are ineffective at alleviating?
  • Have you tried all manner of treatments to try and get relief from pain and other symptoms?
  • Do you have a chronic illness or recurring pain related to injury?
  • Do you have a sports injury and want to get back to full fitness?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the above questions, it may be worth giving acupuncture a try.

Acupuncture has stood the test of time. Based on an age-old system of healing that originated in China, its theory is contained within ancient texts and its practice has been the continuous study and clinical assessments over thousands of years and billions of patients worldwide. It offers simple, effective relief from a range of everyday physical and emotional disorders.

How does acupuncture work?

Based on principles that go back almost 2,000 years, in which illness is viewed as the result of an inbalance within the body, acupuncture aims to restore equilibrium; balancing the physical, emotional and mental aspects to promote overall wellbeing. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is based on Yin and Yang – a harmonious balance that must be achieved for our bodies to function and feel well.

In TCM, our Qi (energy) flows through channels within our bodies. This energy can become deficient or stagnated; causing an imbalance of the Qi forces. Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine needles into the skin at specific points on the body that are based on the twelve primary Qi channels that run throughout the body; each corresponding with and connected to 12 internal organs. With an emphasis on the individual, rather than the illness, acupuncturists use subtle techniques to diagnose and treat conditions that range from headaches and migraines to pain and depression.

Types of acupuncture

Whilst there are many different branches of acupuncture, all sharing the same core values, Jemma integrates two specific schools; Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Five Element for maximum effect.

What is integration?

Acupuncture theory derives from two fundamental concepts: Yin/Yang theory and the five elements. These two profound ideas have shaped Oriental medical theory and practice for many years, and are still doing so today. Integration brings together the strengths of Yin/Yang theory using TCM and the five elements, through Five Element constitutional diagnosis.

Why Integrate?

TCM concentrates on the symptoms of a patient’s illness. It is well suited to treat a wide range of physical and psychological conditions and very effective in the treatment of musco-skeletal problems. Five Element, meanwhile, focuses on the person who has the illness, rather than the illness itself. A combination of our genetic inheritance and the first few years of life all leave us with subtle imbalances in our Qi that can affect our health and wellbeing.

By incorporating both styles, the practitioner creates a wider range of treatment possibilities. This holistic approach means that patients feel better in themselves, have more vitality and are able to deal better with the problems that caused them to seek treatment in the first place.

Conditions

As integrated acupuncture takes a holistic approach to wellbeing there is almost no end to the list of complaints and symptoms that it can help improve – however, some of the most commonly treated complaints include:

Arthritis

Carpal Tunnel and hand injury

Circulatory Disorders

Diabetes

Digestive disorders

  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhoea
  • Bloating
  • Nausea
  • Heartburn
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Colitis

Dizziness

Facial paralysis

Fatigue/Tiredness

Fertility

  • Unexplained infertility
  • Polycystic Ovaries (PCOs)
  • Endometriosis
  • Blocked Fallopian Tubes
  • IVF assistance
  • High FSH
  • Male Infertility
  • Insomnia

Hayfever and Sinusitis

High blood pressure

Menopausal symptoms

  • Hot flushes
  • Night sweats
  • Depression
  • Mood change
  • Irregular Menstruation

Menstrual problems

  • Irregular cycle
  • Painful periods
  • No periods
  • Heavy periods
  • Cysts
  • Polycystic Ovaries (PCOs)
  • Endometriosis
  • Fibroids
  • PMT
  • Breast distension
  • Headaches
  • Bloating
  • Tiredness
  • Digestive upset

Mental/Emotional disorders

  • Anxiety states
  • Depression
  • Mood change
  • Insomnia

Migraines & headaches

Musculo-skeletal Conditions

  • Back pain
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Neck pain
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Sciatica
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Knee pain
  • Repetitive strain injury
  • Sports Injuries
  • Indeterminate aches and pains

Pregnancy care

  • Morning sickness
  • Constipation
  • Heartburn
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Back pain
  • Pre-conception care
  •  Breech presentation
  • Induction of labour
  • Pain relief during labou

Respiratory disorders

  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Coughs and colds

Rheumatism

Skin conditions

  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis

Sports injuries

  • Planta fasciitis
  • Heel Spurs
  • Calf and Achilles Tendinopathy
  • Knee injuries
  • IT Band and Hamstring injury
  • Hip pain
  • Lumbar and Sacroiliac joint
  • Thoracic and Cervical
  • Shoulder Girdle
  • Tennis and Golfers elbow

Stress related illness

Urinary/Kidney disorders

  • Cystitis
  • Oedema/Water retention

Weight Loss

Well-Being

  • Preventative care
  • General well-being

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can acupuncture help?

Anyone from young children to the elderly. For very young children if needles aren’t suitable we can still apply gentle pressure to the acupuncture points to help get results.

How long does it take?

The first consultation and initial treatment session is 90 minutes; each treatment thereafter is 60 minutes.

Does it hurt?

No, but you will feel a dull ache or a mild pulling sensation from the needles.

How much will it cost?

I offer a free, initial 20 minute consultation with no obligation; sessions are then £45 each.

What type of needles are used?

Acupuncture needles are very fine, unlike the hollow hypodermic needles used to give injections. Each needle is individually wrapped and sterile, and is discarded immediately after use.

Can acupuncture be used alongside other drugs?

Yes. During your initial consultation appointment I will discuss all aspects of your health so that I am aware of the ‘full picture’, including any drugs you may be taking. Acupuncture will not, however, have any adverse affect on medicinal drugs.

Can acupuncture be used alongside other therapies?

Yes, acupuncture is perfectly fine when used alongside other therapies, be they conventional or alternative. Again, I will ask during the consultation session about any other treatments you are receiving to ensure I have a full picture of your condition and its history.

How many treatments will I need, and how often?

This really depends on the individual and their condition, but ideally I will initially treat you once weekly for a 6 week period. After the sixth session we will review and, if sufficient progress has been made, treatments can be spread fortnightly then every three weeks. Eventually, the goal is to get down to a single, regular monthly treatment for maintenance.

How does it work?

Acupuncture is rooted in the ancient principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine which, in turn, is based on the theory of Yin and Yang – a harmonious balance that must be achieved for our bodies to function and feel well. Acupuncture views illness and pain as an inbalance within the body and seeks to address this by ensuring the patient’s energy – Qi – flows correctly throughout the body. To do this, fine needles are inserted into the skin at specific pressure points that correspond with the body’s twelve Qi channels, each of which corresponds to one of the twelve organs.

Do you have to train to be an acupuncturist?

Yes, however there are different levels of training that you should check when selecting your acupuncturist. Sometimes, doctors and other health professionals and therapists offer acupuncture alongside other treatments, but it’s always worth finding out what their qualifications are and confirming that they are fully licensed acupuncturists before accepting treatment.

I specialise specifically in acupuncture and hold a degree on the subject; having studied Traditional Chinese Medicine and Five Element disciplines before spending over six years in practice treating clients with a diverse range of conditions. I am also a member of the British Acupuncture Council; the leading self-regulatory body for the practice of traditional acupuncture in the UK, and am fully licensed and insured.

Where do treatments take place?

Jemma treats patients in a calm, peaceful environment within her established clinic in Stafford. Treatments are strictly by appointment – call Jemma on 0781 255 5331.