Is a form of alternative medicine

 

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What conditions can Chinese acupuncture/herbal medicine help?(ATCM)

In respect of the diagnosis and treatment of illness, the knowledge and experience of the TCM practitioner is of vital importance. A thorough analysis of the patient’s experiences and symptoms, the causes, nature and location of the illness as well as the patient’s physical and emotional condition must all be taken into account for successful treatment.

In general, acupuncture is more responsive to various pain conditions, such as lower back pain, while it is also widely used for different internal health conditions to help people to become more positive and revitalised. Chinese herbal medicine is more widely used for internal conditions, such as certain kinds of infectious diseases. Tuina, it is more effective to relieve pain, especially in muscular problems.

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treatments-img1We use both traditional and advanced acupuncture alongside with finest herbs and dietary modifications to assist natural fertilisation and a healthy pregnancy. Different with western fertility treatment, TCM treatments focus on improving the quality ofthe eggs and sperms and regulating the menstrual cycle. Our treatments are designed to restore energy balance and improve the health of the embryo which in turn reduces the risk of miscarriage. Research shows that increased blood flow to the uterus can help promote the implantation of the embryo.

 

 

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treatments-img2Scientists claim after alternative therapy experiment, acupuncture reduces levels of a protein linked to chronic stress and then reduce stress levels. Stimulation of certain acupuncture points has been shown to affect areas of the brain that are known to reduce sensitivity to pain and stress, as well as promoting relaxation and deactivating the ‘analytical’ brain which is responsible for anxiety and worry (British Acupuncture Council).

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treatments-img3Specific acupuncture points increase gastrointestinal muscle contraction and relaxation, and reduce gastric acid secretion, making acupuncture beneficial in treating general gastrointestinal symptoms. In conjunction with Chinese herbal therapy and stress reduction techniques, acupuncture can nourish and strengthen related organs, minimize symptoms and contribute to medication-free digestive system health maintenance.Acupuncture has demonstrated clinical effectiveness in managing the digestive side effects of chemotherapy, as well as digestive symptoms following anaesthesia.The World Health Organization recognizes acupuncture as an effective treatment for digestive imbalance as well as a wide range of medical conditions.

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treatments-img4“Needles are best for back pain”(BBC 2007). It reported a German team from Ruhr University Bochum found “Acupuncture represents a highly promising and effective treatment option for chronic back pain””Patients experienced not only reduced pain intensity, but also reported improvements in the disability that often results from back pain and therefore in their quality of life.” Studies have shown that acupuncture leads to release of endorphins and increases the number of receptors for pain-reducing neurotransmitters. Doppler ultrasound shows that acupuncture increases blood flow in treated areas. Thermal imaging shows that it can make inflammation subside. Neuroimaging studies show that it seems to calm areas of the brain that register pain and activate those involved in rest and recuperation.

According to NHS in the UK, there is reasonably good evidence that acupuncture is an effective treatment for: Chronic back pain / dental pain / pain and discomfort during gastrointestinal endoscopy / headache / nausea and vomiting after an operation / pain and discomfort during oocyte retrieval (a procedure used during IVF) / osteoarthritis of the knee.

 

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treatments-img5Acupuncture works for sports injuries through stimulating nerves located in muscles and other tissues, which leads to release of endorphins and other neurohumoral factors (e.g. neuropeptide Y, serotonin), and changes the processing of pain in the brain and spinal cord.It reduces inflammation by promoting release of vascular and immunomodulatory factors ,and increases the release of adenosine, which has antinociceptive properties.

 

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treatments-img6Acupuncture Facelift” was featured in the popular Channels 4 series “10 Years Younger”. Famous celebrities including Gwyneth Paltrow, Madonna, Angelina Jolie, Sean Connery are reported to have used facial rejuvenation acupuncture. Acupuncture is extremely old has passed thousands of years’ human test within large populations in China. Researchers have found Doppler ultrasounds show acupuncture increases blood flow in the treated areas and Thermal imaging shows acupuncture makes inflammation subsides. A 1996 report in the International Journal of Clinical Acupuncture reported that among 300 cases treated with Facial Acupuncture, 90% had marked effects with one course of treatment. The effects include the improvement of the elasticity of facial muscles, delicate skin, a ruddier complexion, and overall rejuvenation.
What is beauty acupuncture?

Beauty Acupuncture (acupuncture facelift, cosmetic acupuncture etc.) is a natural, painless, non-surgical method of reducing the signs of the aging process. It offers a safe, less costly alternative to invasive cosmetic surgery. It will take years off your face while not a replacement for cosmetic surgery to reshape your nose or chin.

How does it work?

Selected acupuncture points on the face and body have been used for thousands of years to help Chinese queens, kings, ordinary men and women in improving their skin conditions. Based on the principles of TCM, beauty acupuncture with the insertion of ultra thin needles into selected points of the face, head and body, unblocks acupuncture channels of Qi(energy) and increases Qi and blood circulation locally to bring better flow of oxygen and nutrients throughout the facial skin and underneath. The body’s ability to regenerate itself has been activated by accelerating anti-inflammatory activity and removing accumulative toxins from the skin. The treatment increases collagen production and it may help to tighten your pores and firm up your chin, eliminate wrinkles, puffiness and reduce frown lines, sagging facial muscles and bags under the eyes. It may lift your droopy eyelids, moisturize your skin and remove aging spots from you face. Your face will look healthier, younger and more radiant.

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treatments-img7TCM practitioners do not have a tendency to focus on overweight or obesity as an isolated, independent disease. It is always put in your overall health context. After TCM diagnosis, we are able to determine what your inner imbalances are and can develop a programme of what you need to do through tailored acupuncture and herbs treatments, diet and lifestyle change specific for your fat imbalance.

treatments-img8Acupuncture addiction therapy is not new. Acupuncture and herbs have been used to treat cigarette, alcohol and drug dependencies at Lincoln hospital in New York City since 1974.It has been successfully used as a drug detoxification method at over 100 different drug treatment clinics in the United States for example and is also successfully used for this purpose in at least 25 other countries. It is reported acupuncture for substance abuse started from the early 1970’s, H.L.Wen,M.D.,the neurosurgeon in HongKong was preparing to use acupuncture as surgical analgesia before his patient’s operation and the patient, who happened to be experiencing withdrawal symptoms from opium at the time. Then reported his opium withdrawal symptoms had disappeared. Dr Wen gave the same acupuncture to his other addictive patients in withdrawal, their symptoms also ceased.

This addiction therapy is called auricular acupuncture (ear acupuncture).With insertion of very fine needles on each ear and other parts of body; it is used to help people who wish to stop smoking, drinking and other addictions with their withdrawal symptoms. Herbs are normally prescribed along with auricular acupuncture for therapeutic purposes.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) believes the ear is the place where all the acupuncture channels meet. The body’s dysfunction and pain can be normalized through stimulation of selected points on the ear. Research has demonstrated the treatment triggers the release of natural body chemicals, including endorphins, which help reduce craving for drugs, ease withdrawal symptoms, and increase relaxation. According to Carl J. Sarnacki, M.D., medical director at the Acupuncture Institute of Michigan with more than 50 years of professional experience, the Acupuncture works by removing the physical need for nicotine. After being denied the nicotine, the body sends signals to the autonomic nervous system resulting in anxiety and a nervous withdrawal reaction, which can be relieved and removed by doing auricular acupuncture (ear acupuncture). The treatment effectively counteracts the effects of nicotine withdrawal and in co-operative patients, yields excellent results.

Prices

First session with consultation: £90 (90mins)
Follow-up session with consultation: £60 (45mins)

(Patients could choose advanced needle-free acupuncture instead traditional acupuncture)

Not usually. A dull ache often develops at the point (considered to be a good therapeutic sign) but the needles are so fine that people having treatment for the first time are pleasantly surprised, finding the treatment to be very relaxing and therapeutic.

Usually relaxed and calm. Occasionally you may feel tired or drowsy for a few hours if the treatment has been particularly strong or there may be a short term flaring up of your symptoms as your Qi clears and resettles itself.

We understand that there are differences in style and practice of acupuncture outside China, such as Five Element acupuncture, triggers points acupuncture or dry-needles. The ATCM registers practitioner members who have an extensive training in Chinese medical theories and Chinese style of acupuncture (irrespective of any prior western medical training) of at least 3 years full-time (or the part-time equivalent) and which includes the requisite western medical sciences.

Members use single use pre-sterilised disposable needles, which are disposed of after each treatment. The Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture UK members observe the Code of Practice which lays down stringent standards of hygiene and sterilisation of equipment.

All members of ATCM must observe the Code of Practice which defines the hygiene and safety standards relating to the practice of acupuncture. The Code of Practice is available for download from the ‘About ATCM‘ section of this site. These procedures have been approved by the Department of Health, and provide protection against the transmission of infectious diseases.

The acupuncture needles are always sterilised before use. To eliminate any possibility of getting AIDS, or other infectious diseases, disposable needles are preferable. Such needles are used once only and then disposed of safely.

ATCM’s Code of Practice Item 6 stated:

The following equipment, all of which must be CE-marked and conform with current Medical Devices Agency legislation and EEC Directive 93/42/EC, must be used for safe and hygienic practice:

  1. single-use pre-sterilised disposable solid needles (reusable needles are not acceptable)
  2. guide-tubes which, if used, must be pre-sterilised, come packaged with each individual needle or set of needles, and must not be used or stored for use beyond the treatment session in which the seal on the package has been broken
  3. plum blossom needles (‘Seven Star Hammers’) which, whether plastic or stainless steel, must be pre-sterilised and single-use only
  4. glass cups which have been properly washed and stored
  5. single-use paper tissues, paper towels, and couch roll
  6. disinfectants, including pre-packed 70% isopropyl alcohol swabs
  7. sterile cotton wool and non-sterile cotton wool/buds
  8. sharps box conforming to BS 7320:1990 and clearly marked ‘Danger – Contaminated Needles – To Be Incinerated’ adjacent to the treatment surface and placed at a convenient height on a stable surface
  9. a First Aid kit complying with current Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations containing a sufficient supply of suitable bandages, dressings, antiseptic creams and plasters
  10. disposable surgical gloves.

It is our basic requirement that all members while practising acupuncture treatment must comply with these rules so as to avoid any possibility of cross infection.

Please be advised that according to Blood donation authority patients who have had acupuncture by ATCM registered practitioners need to defer 4 months before giving blood.

Based on the overall symptoms a patient has, which includes the state of illness, the patient’s sex, age, and constitution, occurring season of the disease and circumstances, the physician begins with the guidelines as delineated in classical texts to form a basic prescription and then adjusts the mixture to the patients needs by adding or deleting various herbs, or manipulating the dosages of the compounds to fit the precise disharmony. Such a prescription usually contains 5-15 substances and the dosages average 3-15 grams per herb.

Yes, there are many types of prepared Chinese herbal medicine available in the form of decoction, tablet, ointment, powders, etc… An alternative to raw herbs, in which you need to make tea-like drinks to take, is concentrated herb powders which you can also take without making up a drink.

Most conditions apart from those requiring immediate western medicine intervention and serious degenerative disease although it can be used to subsidise and complement Western treatment, enhancing the patient’s quality of life. Acupuncture clinics tend to treat chronic ailments for which there is no conventional cure, such as migraine, chronic muscle and joint pain, asthma & allergies, IBS and other digestive system problems, PMS and menopausal issues and other gynecological problems, but the therapy can also be used to treat acute conditions such as flu and colds and other viral or bacterial infections.

This depends on how long you’ve had the problem, how ‘deep’ or serious the problem is, and on age and constitution. A muscle problem such as tennis elbow may only need one or two sessions but if it’s been with you for months it will be harder to tackle because more muscles will probably become involved. An illness such as ME or Rheumatoid Arthritis will require long term treatment because many different aspects of the functioning of the body have become involved – the illness is much more complex.

Chinese Herbs can be taken by all age groups from young babies to the elderly, though you must notify your practitioner if you are also taking other medicines, suffer from allergies, other conditions or are pregnant as this may effect your treatment and prescription.

Traditionally, Chinese Herbs are made up into teas or decoctions. This involves boiling the herbs in water for half an hour or more. The patient will receive detailed instructions on the method of preparation. Capsules of raw herbal powder, concentrated extracts and pills are also prescribed. A typical course of treatment would involve taking a herbal formula daily for several months, depending on the nature of the case and the strength of the patient. The patient will be monitored regularly to ensure that the formula is effective and modified as improvements occur.

Yes. Many people seek the help of Chinese medicine or acupuncturist because of dissatisfaction with drug treatment, mainly because it does not seem to be working or the side effects are too severe. DO NOT stop taking any medication without professional guidance.

If that is the case, we will do our best to help you but first we need to find out if the practitioner you are seeing is registered with the ATCM. (Bear in mind, there are practitioners who practise Chinese medicine and acupuncture, and they do not register with any profession organizations). If the practitioner you are going to complain about is registered with ATCM, please let us have the practitioners’ details such as full name and clinic address. We take any such complaints very seriously and we can assure you that the matter will be dealt with fairly and efficiently by our Ethics and Conduct Committee.

The ATCM has always condemned the illegal trade in endangered plant and animal species, and our members are subject to strict rules which prohibit the use of any such material.

Some people think all Complementary and Alternative Medicines (CAM) are experimental. Therefore, they deem Chinese Herbal Medicine (CHM) to be experimental too. This, however, is a misunderstanding about CHM and has been proved to be very wrong. Let’s look at the following facts.

(1) Time

Clinically, CHM has been practiced directly on the human body for thousands of years, which is much longer than Western Medicine. Compared to CHM, it is the Western Medicine that is primitive and experimental on many diseases.

(2) Scale

Through thousands of years of clinically practice, CHM has successfully treated millions of patients. This number is much larger than any experimental clinical trials required.

(3) Efficacy

CHM efficacy has been proved through thousands of years of spreading of CHM practices from China to Asia, from Asia to Europe, Australia, America, Africa, etc. This growing popularity among patients around the world is the best testimonials for its efficacy.

(4) Safety

Because CHM is a natural medicine, it is much safer than Western Medicine. This has been proved from the thousands years of practices too.

(5) Recognition

Chinese Medicine medical schools issuing the CMD degree are the first and probably the only medical schools in Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) that are listed in the World Health Organization (WHO) World Directory of Medical Schools together with the Harvard Medical School, Yale Medical School, etc.