What is Acupuncture?


Acupuncture is a major component of Traditional Chinese Medicine (T.C.M.). It is the oldest and most widely used form of medicine in the world and is continually evolving. It treats the root of the disease and not just the symptoms. Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine (hair thin) sterile needles into various acupuncture points around the body to elicit the exact therapeutic effect necessary to eliminate disease. Over 120 conditions are recognised by the World Health Orgainisation (W.H.O.) which respond well to acupuncture.

There are a number of different forms of acupuncture including traditional Chinese acupuncture, auricular (ear), scalp and abdominal acupuncture. We also use mirror imaging techniques as practiced by Dr. Tan and  Master Tungs acupuncture. All these micro forms  of acupuncture use comprehensive diagnostic principles to arrive at a unique treatment plan for you. Having such a broad spectrum of acupuncture systems ensures the best possible results for you. Dave Shipsey is a qualified acupuncturists and is registered with the AFPA

How does Acupuncture work?

Acupuncture works in many different ways it encourages and enhances the bodies natural healing mechanisms this can be achieved by improving the blood flow and thus the bodies natural healing cells including immune system cells which remove diseased and / or repair damaged cells. 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 pain relief and also directs the body to produce other cellular messengers to instruct your body to repair itself. It  can also help direct the bodies internal organs to repair themselves, and thus function better to  maintain good health. Acupuncture has also been shown to regulate the bodies hormonal, blood and nervous systems and so it has the potential to correct all manner of problems including muscular skeletal,  digestive, metabolic, immune, emotional and reproductive issues. Here is a useful article showing some of the effects of acupuncture on the brain https://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2017/sep/07/pains-and-needles-brain-scans-point-to-hidden-effects-of-acupuncture 

Since acupuncture encourages natural healing processes, there are virtually no side effects making them extremely safe and effective, even during pregnancy.

Please contact me if you wish to know how we can help you.

What does acupuncture feel like?

Usually there is minimal discomfort from the needles especially with abdominal acupuncture.

Needles are very fine (30 acupuncture needles fit into the tip of a regular hypodermic needle used for injections) and designed to pass through the skin. There should be little or no awareness of the needle being inserted, the feeling varies and is often described as a warm radiating or tingling sensation as the Qi flows to the point (the sensation can be increased or decreased according to your body constitution and wishes).
During treatment people often feel so comfortable and relaxed they fall asleep. This feeling of total relaxation and “Bliss”  can stay with you for hours and even days. As well as relief from a particular condition people often report that other problems they were experiencing have disappeared. You can expect to experience such benefits as improved sleep, increased energy, vitality and concentration and an improved sense of general well being.

Benefits of Acupuncture?

You should experience some or all of the benefits listed below, benefits are wide and varied and often cover all areas of  one’s life (mental, emotional & physical).  Contact us if you would like a more accurate assesment of the benefits of acupuncture for you and your particular condition or see section what we treat on the top menu bar. Here is a list of some of the benefits you can expect to get from acupuncture

  • Improves your health and general well being.
  • Cessation of your Symptoms and the root cause of your illness.
  • Pain Relief and/ or complete Elimination of Pain.
  • Relieves stress in all its forms and manifestations.
  • Relaxes Body & Mind to facilitate better more refreshing  sleep for you.
  • Increases your Energy and Vitality.
  • Aids your digestion and can help with weight loss.
  • Stimulates your immune function to prevent recurrent infection.
  • Boost’s your fertility (male & female)
  • Helps to cure insomnia and emotional problems
  • Improves metabolism and assists in weight loss



* All needles are sterile and disposed of after one use

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