Is Dantien Acupuncture CoVid 19 Compliant?

Yes, changes have been made at Dantien Acupuncture to protect you from any potential risk. Appointments now have to be pre booked. The number of treatment rooms has been reduced to two rather than three and appointments will be scheduled so that there is no contact with anyone else, all surfaces will be diligently cleaned before and after each client. Each room is sterilised after use using a combination of manual disinfection and Ultra Violet Light (UVC), which has been proven in destroy CoVid19 and other micro organisms. Each room also has had ventilation improved and have HEPPA air filters (which remove Bacteria and Virus from the air) for added protection against the CoVid19 virus. You will be required to wear your own face covering and I will wear either a face shield and /or a mask. Your safety is paramount. Dave has also completed the W.H.O. and Barbacide CoVid19 sanitation protocols to ensure the highest standard of protection for you, whilst still maintaining a comfortable and safe space for you to relax and recover. 


How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture works in many different ways (there are lots of styles) it encourages, directs and enhances the bodies natural healing mechanisms, so that your recovery is faster and less painful. This can be achieved as acupuncture improves the blood flow to the area needing it, thus the bodies natural healing cells including immune system cells which remove diseased cells and / or repair damaged cells. Acupuncture is a powerful means to release muscle spasm. By improving the circulation in the area blood and nutrients can help to nourish and replenish damaged muscles, bones, tendons, ligaments and joints. Acupuncture also stimulates the brain to release endorphins which can give powerful pain relief and, can also help direct the body and internal organs to repair themselves. Acupuncture has also been shown to regulate the bodies immune, endocrine (hormones), blood and nervous systems which gives it the potential to correct all manner of problems including respiratory, digestive, metabolic, immune, emotional and reproductive issues. Please contact me if you wish to know how we can help you.

With more modern scientific techniques such as magnetic resonance imaging and Scans of different areas of the brain it is possible to see the real-time effects that acupuncture has on the human Brain and thus throughout the body. There have been numerous Studies that have shown acupuncture to be powerful treatment for sciatica, fertility problems, muscle and joint pain, arthritis, anxiety, blood pressure, heart issues, digestive and neurological problems. There have also been some scientific experiments that have been inconclusive or negative about acupuncture this is often due to the western Scientific parameters which demands that the same protocol be repeated over and over again and achieve the same results consistently. However because the Chinese diagnostic method is so detailed a headache might have 10 different diagnosis and thus be treated quite differently using ten different acupuncture treatment protocols, so that the one acupuncture treatment protocol being tested will only work in 10% of the cases. Many western medical treatments often use a “one prescription fit’s all”, whereas Chinese Medicine uses a more individual approach.

In many ways Western medicine is only beginning to catch up with Chinese medical theory. We now recognise in the west that our Gut is our second brain (including Gut Microbiome) the Chinese have always acknowledged that the abdomen is where our life force resides. It is also a great reservoir of healing potential which is utilised using abdominal acupuncture. The Gut brain connection has been used for centuries to treat all manner of Physical, Emotional, Hormonal, Mental and internal health problems. As a western trained Biology graduate (B.Sc. Hons), I find it intriguing how acupuncture and particularly Abdominal Acupuncture can utilise our second brain to regulate all aspects of our health with rapid and long lasting effects.

Yes acupuncture has a scientific basis although the theory is different to conventional Western ideas about the workings of the human body (there are of course many similarities too). Chinese medical theory believes that there is no separation between mind and body, the environment we live in, how we eat and the emotional impacts of daily life all of which can have a profound effect on our health. The first books to be written in human history are Chinese medical reference books these date back almost 3,000 to 4,000 years. The Chinese have always had a deep understanding of anatomy and internal medicine. Since these first books were written observation of various illness and anatomical problems has led to tried and tested effective methods of treatment and ensuring good health using acupuncture, nutrition, herbal medicine, Qi Gong, Tai Qi & good life style. Acupuncture and other aspects of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) continue to evolve and to work more in conjunction with Western Medicine, if you are receiving treatment from your G.P. / Physiotherapist there is usually no problem with using acupuncture to improve your healing time. Feel free to contact me on 0879618344 if you have concerns.

I have been in practice for over 20 years and studied primarily in Nanjing University of traditional Chinese medicine, China during which time I spent over one year with various eminent doctors in their hospital. Dave has been specialising in abdominal acupuncture for 18 years and has written the first English language book on this subject, which he has taught to other acupuncturist throughout the world. Abdominal acupuncture is very gentle yet powerful and 99% of client’s prefer it to regular acupuncture. Dave is also a Buteyko breathing teacher and is available to help you either on line via video consultation or in the clinic. Buteyko breathing can help with lots of breathing problems including Asthma, COPD, Allergies, Anxiety, Panic attack’s, snoring and sleep apnoea. 

Will Acupuncture help my condition?

Acupuncture is a recognised treatment for 120 conditions by the W.H.O. so it is likely that acupuncture will benefit you. There are some conditions that your acupuncturist should be informed about before treatment, so that they can make the appropriate adaptations to your prescription in order to avoid any complications. These might include, Pregnancy, having had Lymph nodes removed and some forms of Cancer. Please feel free to contact Dave on 0879618344 if you wish to get further details.

Are there any side effects to acupuncture treatment?

Yes there can be, but these are minor, occasionally you will get bruise from the insertion site. Sometimes your symptoms can be aggravated for a short period of time as a result of your body responding to the treatment. This is often referred to as the “healing crisis” and usually is a good indication that you are recovering. You may feel tired after treatment which is an indication that your body needs to utilize all its healing resources to get you back to full health by resting this will speed up your recovery. Usually patients feel relaxed and de-stressed and often have the best nights sleep after treatment.
For the main acupuncture is painless, particularly abdominal acupuncture which I use 85% of the time, occasionally you will feel a slight pinch as the very fine (hair thin) needle is inserted. With other acupuncture points on the arms and legs the sensation can be one of heaviness an ache or tingling, it is never an acupuncturist’s intention to cause pain our job is to stop pain and illness.
Never, all needles are sterile, one use only.
The needles are very fine, compared to a hypodermic needle used for an injection, 30 acupuncture needles would be equivalent to one hypodermic (injection) needle tip.
Yes, Dantien acupuncture is registered with the AFPA . Therefore if you have the relevant health Insurance scheme you can get up to 50% of the cost back on between 8 and 10 treatment sessions.
Yes absolutely Dantien Acupuncture is a member of the AFPA professional acupuncture body.  We therefore adhere to a strict code of practice and ethics. Dave has also completed the W.H.O. and Barbacide CoVid19 sanitation protocols to ensure the highest standard of protection for you.
Yes at Dantien Acupuncture you will have your own room which is comfortable and secure treatments are done on a one to one basis. If you want to bring somebody with you for support you are more than welcome to do so. The most important thing is that you feel comfortable and relaxed. Each room is sterilised after use using a combination of Ultra Violet Light (UVC) and manual disinfection. Each room also has HEPPA air filters for added protection against the CoVid19 virus.