My story

I first experienced acupuncture as a child. I’d had a challenging time growing up and was feeling angry and let down. I hadn’t much wanted to go but thanks to the treatment I received I began to find my voice and was eventually able to verbalise what I needed to the people around me.

Those few sessions in a tiny little clinic with a kind, patient and experienced acupuncturist were transformational, beginning a life-long journey of reconnecting with myself and my family.

It wasn’t until many years later, feeling a little unsure of where my path lay but determined to make a difference in the world, that I returned to acupuncture. And since that day I have never doubted that this is what I am meant to be doing.

I share this story so that you can understanding why I believe so passionately in the transformative power of acupuncture.

Over the many years I have been in practice, time and time again I have witnessed acupuncture’s ability to transform people’s physical and mental well-being; galvanising, shifting and enabling the body to find a way to heal.

Because our bodies do know how to heal if we give them the chance. Sometimes they just need a little help to do so.

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Locations

acupuncture – fiveways brighton

I have appointments from 9.30am to 3.00pm on Monday – Friday.

37 Stanmer Park Road
Brighton
BN1 7JL

There is plenty of free on-street parking outside. Alternatively you can catch the 26 or 46 bus from town to Fiveways and I’m just around the corner.

To make an appointment please contact me directly on 07967316964 or via the contact form.

Contact me

To make an appointment

You can book online or if you’d prefer to have a chat about your symptoms beforehand please contact me on 07967 316964.  Alternatively you can contact me here:

locations

acupuncture – fiveways brighton

I have appointments from 9.00am to 3.00pm on Monday – Friday.

37 Stanmer Park Road
Brighton
BN1 7JL

There is plenty of free on-street parking outside. Alternatively you can catch the 26 or 46 bus from town to Fiveways and I’m just around the corner.

what to expect

what to expect from acupuncture treatment

I am a ‘trauma-informed’ acupuncturist, which means that I understand that our emotions, traumas (big and little), past illnesses and current and past life experiences all contribute to our health. Prior to your first appointment I’ll get you to complete a short health history form so I can get started on joining up the dots with your current symptoms and past experiences.

Then, during the first appointment I will ask lots of questions to make a complete diagnosis of your main complaint and to get an overall picture of your health. I will then take a look at your tongue and feel your pulses and carry out an examination of any external physical complaints.

Follow-up sessions will involve a discussion of your progress along with the appropriate treatment for that time.

How many treatments will you need

This is dependent on a number of factors. You will feel a difference after your first acupuncture treatment and after each treatment, but to see a permanent shift in your health you will need to complete a course of treatment.

As a general rule, for basic acute conditions you should see a significant improvement after 4-6 treatments.

For chronic and more complex cases you should see a significant improvement after 10-12 treatments.

For acute cases I see the best results when patients come in twice a week for the first 1-2 weeks, then weekly for the remainder of the treatment plan. For chronic conditions once a week works best.

After you have completed a course of treatment you will need to return for a follow-up monthly tune-up to prevent symptoms returning. Lots of people do this even though they feel generally well as they know that regular acupuncture keeps them well and prevents illness.

Remember some acupuncture is better than no acupuncture so even if you can’t come as often as you’d like still give it a go. However you may find that treatment is not effective or that your symptoms take a lot longer to improve if you do not come as often as outlined above.

What does it feel like

The needles used are extremely fine and treatment should not be painful. The needling sensation is often described as a dull ache, warmth or a tingling sensation. In general patients report feeling very relaxed during and after treatment.

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What is acupuncture

what is acupuncture

When people ask ‘what is acupuncture’ they may already know a few basics, such as it originated in China and that it treats back pain. What they may not know is that today it also forms part of a rational and evidence-based system of healthcare and that over a million healthcare practitioner use it worldwide. Furthermore, practitioners use acupuncture to treat a wide range of physical and mental health illness that go far beyond the scope of pain relief.

What can it treat

Acupuncture is increasingly recognised as a treatment option for a wide range of conditions and consequently many health professionals happily recommend it to their patients.

The World Health Organisation recognises acupuncture as a treatment for more than 40 conditions, including allergies, chronic pain and fatigue. A growing number of studies also indicate that it may be an effective treatment for anxiety and depression.

Acupuncture also promotes general health and wellness and is often used as a preventive measure.

It takes a holistic approach that treats the whole person—meaning you’ll feel better as an individual and not just as someone with a specific condition. No matter what symptoms you have, acupuncture can help.

The best way to learn more is to experience it for yourself!

How it works

Traditionally acupuncturists explain its effects in relation to the flow of ‘qi’ in the body and the balancing of Yin and Yang – a framework of health which maps very closely to the Western concept of homeostasis.  The way that we ingest, store and transform qi and the balance and harmony of its flow within the human body is the basis on which acupuncturists practise Chinese medicine.

From a modern perspective it has been shown to stimulate nerves, fascia and connective tissue resulting in profound effects on the nervous system including regulation of key areas of the brain.

Is it safe

All members of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) must observe a Code of Practice, which lays down stringent standards of hygiene and sterilisation for needles and other equipment. The Department of Health have approved these procedures which provide protection against the transmission of infectious diseases.

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