Amanda Watson Acupuncture Patchway, Charlton Hayes, Bristol

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What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is one of the longest established forms of healthcare in the world. Acupuncturists are trained to use subtle diagnostic techniques that have been developed and refined for thousands of years. We insert very fine needles at precisely located points to connect with your body’s qi, or energy. We will decide which points are right for you after a detailed consultation covering every aspect of your health and lifestyle.

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The aim is to direct the flow of qi to trigger your body’s healing response and to restore physical, emotional and mental equilibrium. Treatment is designed to affect your whole being as well as your symptoms so, as the condition being treated improves, you may notice other health problems resolve and an increased feeling of wellbeing.

The focus is on you as an individual, not your illness, and all symptoms are seen in relation to each other. As a member of the British Acupuncture Council I practice this traditional form of acupuncture. This BAcC video helps to explain it.

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What Conditions Can it Help?

Acupuncture, in my opinion, can be used to treat a huge variety of issues. Because it is based on the whole person, and correcting any imbalances in that person that cause disease or disharmony, it works from a very different viewpoint to western medicine. I have treated a large range of conditions, including migraine, hayfever, IBS, anxiety, depression, insomnia, back pain, neuralgia, menstrual issues and fertility, PCOS and more. If you have any questions about what acupuncture can do for you please get in touch.

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Are needles always necessary?

There are several other techniques used in Traditional Chinese Medicine which I also offer, depending on your symptoms. These include using moxa (a herb which is used to provide heat during treatment), guasha (where the skin is 'scraped' with a jade guasha tool to stimulate Qi and Blood), and cupping.

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Cupping involves glass or plastic cups which are used to create suction over an area, either with oils to slide over the skin or left in place over a particular point. These can also be extremely effective modalities, either on their own or alongside acupuncture.

If you need any information on how acupuncture can help a particular condition, please get in touch or look on the BAcC Website.

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