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. The focus is on you as an individual, not your illness, and all symptoms are seen in relation to each other. Treatment involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body to affect the flow of your body’s qi, or vital energy.
Before having acupuncture treatment
Before your first acupuncture session there are several things you should bear in mind:
- Many commonly used acupuncture points are located on the lower arms and legs, so it is helpful to wear clothing that allows easy access to these areas
- Try not to go for treatment on an empty stomach or straight after a heavy meal
- Do let your practitioner know if you are completely new to acupuncture so they can take extra time to explain what happens and ensure you are comfortable with the process.
Your first consultation
During your first visit your BAcC acupuncturist needs to gain a thorough understanding of your main complaint and your general health and lifestyle. This involves asking questions about your current symptoms and your medical history, as well as such things as your sleeping pattern, your appetite and digestion, and your emotional wellbeing. Women are also asked about their menstrual cycle and any past pregnancies and childbirth.
Your acupuncturist will also take your pulse on both wrists and may examine your tongue and feel for areas of muscular tension or pain.
Your main health complaint
When talking about your main complaint, the practitioner might ask you to describe in your own words what the symptoms feel like and how severe they are. You may also be asked how long you have been having the symptoms, whether they are constant or intermittent and how frequent they are. You should mention any medication that you are taking and whether you have tried any other therapies.
In order to make a diagnosis according to traditional Chinese medicine theory and to find the right treatment approach, the practitioner will also want to know more specific details.
Treatment plan and treatment
Based on all the information you have given, the practitioner will make a diagnosis and put together your treatment plan, which may include lifestyle and dietary advice as well as acupuncture. Your practitioner will use very fine single-use pre-sterilised needles to stimulate specific acupuncture points on your body. Because energy meridians range across the whole body, the points used are not necessarily close to where you experience pain or discomfort. For example, if you suffer from headaches needles might be inserted in your foot or hand.
As well as needling acupuncture points, a traditional acupuncturist may use other Chinese medicine techniques such as:
- Moxibustion: heat is applied to an acupuncture point or meridian using moxa (a therapeutic herb) and/or heat lamps to warm and relax muscles and qi
- Tuina: Chinese therapeutic massage relieves muscle tension, stimulates acupressure points, opens energy meridians and stimulate the flow of qi
- Guasha: vigorous rubbing of the skin increases blood flow and clears stagnant qi.
Angela has been practicing acupuncture for 11 years. After a lot of encouragement from the late Emma Williams formerly of Oaktree parc, she did a degree at CTA Warwick and has continued her studies to underpin her practice. Angela has been practicing homeopathic medicine for 30 years after undertaking 6 years of study for a diploma from The school of homeopathy on Devon with Misha Norland.
She has 15 years experience of supporting families that have suffered from trauma and domestic abuse. Angela works with people to support their health and wellbeing. People find the treatment very relaxing, which has health benefits particularly when suffering from an overload of stress and anxiety.
People with digestive issues including type 2 diabetics enjoy the benefits of treatment. She works with a lot of women to support them during the uncomfortable symptoms that the menopause can bring. Women suffering from irregular periods, menstrual issues and fertility issues.
Angela is a certified NADA practitioner which is a form of auricular acupuncture which is used to support people when withdrawing from addictions. It can also be used for relaxation and supporting people that are trying to lose weight or give up smoking. This practice is commonly used in community settings.
Angela has a fully enhanced DBS enabling her to work with adults and children.
She is a licensed member of the BAcC (British acupuncture council)
Angela is also a licensed heart math practitioner for more information :