What is Chi?

You have probably heard the word Chi before—the word is firmly, albeit vaguely embedded in popular culture, but what does it actually mean?

With its roots in traditional Chinese culture, Chi (also spelled qi) refers to the vital life force or energy that runs through all living beings. It is the essence of existence that flows through each of us, uniting the body, mind and spirit. It is what makes us alive.

This concept of an essential life force is not unique to Chinese culture. In fact, most of the world’s ancient cultures have an equivalent word to describe the intangible vital energy. In India, it’s referred to as Prana, in Japan as Ki. Native Americans refer to the life force as the Great Spirit. In each of these cultures as in Chinese culture, healing and traditional medicine is firmly rooted in bringing the balance and flow of this energy into alignment.

Naturally, the presence or absence of this essential life force can have profound impacts on both physical and emotional well-being. A strong and balanced life force culminates in vitality, increased productivity and creativity. Conversely, blocked, unbalanced or weakened Chi can lead to sluggishness, pain and emotional distress.

The primary goal of traditional Chinese medicine is to optimise health and well-being by cultivating a smooth, powerful and balanced flow of chi throughout the entire body. Suffering (teng) caused by a blockage in Chi (bu tong), can be alleviated through acupuncture, tai chi, or qigong to facilitate proper circulation of Chi (tong) thus achieving teng jr bu tong, which means, a state of freedom from pain and disease. If you want to know more about Chi, then we have an entire page dedicated to it! Take a look.

Are you interested in how improving the flow of Chi in your body might benefit your overall health and well-being?


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Fertility with acupuncture and reflexology

For any woman that has had to experience fertility issues it can be a time of confusion, upset and loss. As a result, many women choose to seek out alternative fertility treatments such as Acupuncture and Reflexology.

A woman’s fertility is dependent on her age and once a woman reaches the age of 35 her ovulation can halve. Infertility is defined as when for at least 12 months a couple have attempted to conceive with no success and it is at this stage intervention is recommended. But, statistically speaking, the longer a couple wait the less chance they have of success even with IVF with the UK national average success rate at just 22% with women under 38.

There are countless global studies carried out each year that show consistent results of alternative therapies such as Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Reflexology having positive effects in reversing infertility. These studies include individuals suffering from infertility who are using IVF, IUI and those with no assistance and in each case, there have been significant improvements in fertility and pregnancy rates.

How can Acupuncture help with Fertility?Chinese Statue with Acupuncture Points

Acupuncture aims to help rebalance the energy flow throughout your body and clear any blockages preventing a healthy flow of Xi (Chi). In doing so, your body is slowly primed to increase your fertility and boost your overall health.

There are four key areas that acupuncture focuses on to increase fertility, the first relating to hormones. Any hormonal imbalances you may be experiencing will drastically reduce your fertility and so acupuncture seeks to regulate all hormone functions. The second focus is to increase blood flow to the ovaries and uterus, in turn relaxing the muscles, once this has occurred the chance of an embryo implanting is greatly improved.

The third is to work on tackling common causes of infertility such as Polycystic ovary syndrome and aiming to subside anything inducing this. The final step is to help generally relive any feeling of stress and anxiety in your every day life. The more relaxed you feel, the more relaxed your body is which in turn will help with fertility.


If you think Acupuncture could benefit you or if you have an inquiry about Acupuncture That Works then call us on 0800 051 76 88 or fill in our contact form.

Could paediatric Acupuncture help your child?

Examples of paediatric Acupuncture

The term ‘Acupuncture for children’ may raise eyebrows, but it is much safer than you might expect and can help your child overcome a wide range of undesirable conditions. In the clear majority of cases, your child will only need a couple of needles and may require no skin penetration at all. Many treatments are applied with the fingers rather than needles, which is where the term ‘acupressure’ comes from.

What happens during paediatric Acupuncture?

Acupressure can involve rubbing and gently pressing until the right outcome is achieved. Small round balls can also be taped to the body to stimulate the acupuncture point. Sessions normally last

no longer than five to ten minutes and we can apply the points several times a week until the child is healthy, happy and has overcome the illness. Prior to the treatment beginning, the practitioner will normally spend time talking to the parent about the condition and how things are progressing, which is why parents are recommended to bring toys or blankets with them to keep their children occupied.

What can paediatric Acupuncture treat?

Paediatric Acupuncture is used to treat a wide range of illnesses and problems.

It has been used for more than 2000 years to speed up the body’s natural healing process, has zero side effects and won’t deplete your child’s chi energy. The chi or energy levels of children are constantly in flux as they develop, but acupuncture techniques can boost chi circulation, help them relax and overcome illnesses and other conditions. Conditions paediatric Acupuncture is used for can include behavioural problems, asthma and allergies, coughs and colds, colic, bed wetting, ADHD, infections, stomach pains, fevers and eczema.

The history of Acupuncture

Acupuncture is rooted in ancient Chinese medicine and is used by the NHS as well as in private clinics. During Acupuncture treatments, sensory nerves under the skin and inside the muscles are stimulated so the body can produce natural substances, including endorphins for the relief of pain.

 

If you think Acupuncture could benefit you or if you have an inquiry about Acupuncture That Works then call us on 0800 051 76 88 or fill in our contact form.

Three new ways Acupuncture could help your body

When people think of Acupuncture there is sometimes a misconception of large needles covering the body, but this could not be further from the truth. The stereotype is derived from TV and film, where artistic licence often exaggerates aspects of treatment for dramatic effect.

Acupuncture is a gentle and arguably safer treatment than most modern methods and is becoming more widely recognised within western medicine. Acupuncture treatments are now available on the NHS and due to the promising and consistent results, it is more regularly recommended by GPS.

Improving Health with Acupuncture

Not only is it a treatment that can be used on a variety of ailments, it can also work in conjunction with prescribed medication, helping to reduce unpleasant and unnecessary side effects.

There are many benefits to receiving acupuncture treatments that most people aren’t aware of and so here we have listed a few that have had overwhelmingly positive results.

Cancer Help

One of the biggest uses of acupuncture in recent years has been in cancer patients, either those in remission or those currently receiving chemotherapy.

There have been many studies carried out exploring the effect of acupuncture in this field which have shown many successful outcomes. Patients have found that with acupuncture, they are able to recover much quicker and their immune system feels boosted following treatments.

Studies have also found that patients quality of life is much better with less nausea, insomnia, and fatigue when receiving acupuncture treatments.

At Acupuncture That Works we pioneered a treatment protocol for patients suffering from hot flushes and the results of that study and details of ‘The Guy Protocol‘ can be found here.

Pregnancy

Another key area that many doctors in the UK are recommending acupuncture for is pregnancy and post-partum care.

Pregnancy

With acupuncture treatments being so well documented as helping patients to relax, reduce stress and anxiety it is the perfect treatment for pregnant women.

Unlike other medication which can cause harmful side effects to both the mother and child, acupuncture is a completely safe treatment that seeks to reduce any unpleasant pregnancy symptoms. It not only helps to ease the physical pain and tension expectant mothers may be experiencing but also the mental and emotional strain.

It is however important to ensure that you are being treated by a trained acupuncturist as there are certain points that they are advised to avoid stimulating during pregnancy.

Head Pain

Head pain, whether it be a headache or migraine is one of the most common illnesses in the world as we spend more and more time staring at screens.

As a result of it being so common, people are often reluctant to regularly rely on pills to relieve pain and are now seeing acupuncture as a more long-term and safer solution. Various studies have shown that in terms of chronic tension-based headaches, acupuncture can be a valuable tool.

It successfully reduced pain in patients and allowed them to feel more relaxed and less anxious than they were pre-treatment.

Is Acupuncture Safe?

There are continuous studies into acupuncture, looking to provide evidence that it can be an effective and safe treatment for a long list of sicknesses and viruses.

If you feel that you could benefit from a more natural approach to medicine, then it is worth looking into acupuncture. Not only could acupuncture help to relieve mental or physical pain you may be experiencing, it may also help set you on healthier and happier lifestyle path.


If you think Acupuncture could benefit you or if you have an inquiry about Acupuncture That Works then call us on 0800 051 76 88 or fill in our contact form.

Acupuncture That Works welcomes Rosemary Heaton from Pure Mind Hypnotherapy

Here at Acupuncture That Works we are proud to welcome Rosemary Heaton as a brand new member of our clinic team.

Rosemary Heaton - Hypnotherapist - Pure Mind Hypnotherapy - Acupuncture That Works

Coming from a family with deaf parents and a deaf sister, Rosemary has long understood the need to overcome any and all disabilities or problems, and it has given her a strong intuition into the root of problems she helps her clients to face.

Rosemary has many qualifications including Master Practitioner Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy, Practical NLP Diploma, Life Coaching Certificate, Gastric Band Hypnotherapy Certificate, Stress Management & Hypnotherapy, Advanced Hypnotherapy Diploma, so you know you’re in great hands.

Using hypnotherapy, Rosemary offers to help you with issues surrounding an amazing technique called the Hypno-Gastric Band, weight loss, stopping smoking, confidence and self-esteem, stress and anxiety, and freedom from fears and phobias.

To book an appointment with Rosemary, ring in on 0800 051 76 88.

If you want to find out more about the rest of the team, come and see them here.

Acupuncture That Works Group
Acupuncture That Works Group

B – Ashton-Under-Lyne

I had never had acupuncture before, but, after having flu in December 2017, I was left with a constant cough. My GP prescribed an inhaler, but I was still coughing. I read on the internet that acupuncture could help, so, in February 2018, I visited Tina Clegg’s surgery in Ashton-under-Lyne. I walked in coughing and after just that one session, I didn’t cough for the whole week. I had four further sessions and have not coughed since.

Tina made me feel very welcome and relaxed in her lovely, immaculate room and answered all questions I asked in a knowledgeable and professional manner. I would definitely recommend acupuncture as a treatment for a chronic cough brought on by an infection like the flu, and I would recommend Tina as a competent practitioner.

Please note that all testimonials on this site have been written by the patients themselves.  All views expressed within them are solely those of the individuals concerned.  Any mention of success with their treatment applies only to their specific experience and is in no way a guarantee of efficacy in the treatment of other patients.  Whilst we will attempt to help any and all patients who attend our clinic we cannot guarantee the same outcome as those reported here.

Why do we need this disclaimer? – Read the answer here.

Can Acupuncture help migraine sufferers?

Anyone that regularly suffers from migraines knows how debilitating it is and more importantly how you would do anything to subside the pain. Therefore, as a result of typical Western pain medication such as paracetamol and ibuprofen having little to no effect on severe migraines, many people have turned to Acupuncture.

Acupuncture For Migraine Relief

As with any medical treatment, there are studies that oppose and support the effect of Acupuncture but over the past decade, there has been an increase in research evidencing the relief it has provided sufferers of chronic migraines.

This is also further substantiated by The World Health Organisation who have in fact endorsed acupuncture as a viable and promising treatment for pain relief since the late 1970’s.

So, how exactly does Acupuncture subside migraine pain?

Acupuncture theory is based on the idea that the body is comprised of energy or ‘Qi’ (pronounced ‘chi’) that is in a continuous flow. If there is a blockage in your body this flow of Qi is stopped causing pain or illness to the correspondent area of the body.

Acupuncture seeks to help restore this flow of energy by targeting and stimulating specific points on the body with hair-thin needles.

In terms of the pain relief aspect, because the Acu-points are usually located close to nerves, when stimulated they will release hormones such as endorphins into the body. In turn, this is what will help relieve any chronic migraine pain and promote relief and relaxation in the brain.

Are there any side effects?

Acupuncture comes with very little side effects when carried out by a licensed and trained practitioner.

With that in mind, it is extremely important to research your acupuncturist before booking your first appointment. One of the best ways to do this is to visit their website and look for customer testimonials, particularly for the reason you are seeking out the treatment. This should give you a clear and honest idea of how the acupuncturist works and how effective the treatment is.

When you do arrive at your appointment don’t be afraid to ask questions and watch to see the way in which the practitioner stores and uses the needles. One of the biggest health risks in any medical field is the use of equipment that is not sterile as it poses a serious health risk. At Acupuncture That Works all our needles are single use and are safely disposed of by a licensed Waste Contractor.

Whilst acupuncture is a safer alternative to traditional medication with little to no side effects, it ultimately cannot wholly take the place of being treated with medication.

Often Acupuncture works best when coupled with medication as it can help subdue any unpleasant side effects of the treatment.

Some headaches and migraines will require more immediate medical attention and it is important that you seek out this help instead of waiting to receive acupuncture.

If you are experiencing symptoms such as being light-headed, dizziness or nausea, it is important that you see a doctor as soon as possible as sometimes there can be more severe underlying issues such as allergic reactions, blood clots or blood pressure spikes.


If you would like to find out more about how acupuncture could help with your migraines please call us on 0800 051 76 88 or fill in our contact form.

MS – Northwich

I’d been suffering from shoulder impingement but finding that physio was making things worse and had been referred for a cortisone injection. It was at this point that Emma at ATW was recommended to me.

After the first session, I decided to carry on with the acupuncture and not go for the injection and I’m really glad I did!

Emma made me feel completely at ease and following a number of sessions I’m amazed at the improvement – I really wish I’d discovered it sooner! I couldn’t recommend Acupuncture That Works highly enough.

Please note that all testimonials on this site have been written by the patients themselves.  All views expressed within them are solely those of the individuals concerned.  Any mention of success with their treatment applies only to their specific experience and is in no way a guarantee of efficacy in the treatment of other patients.  Whilst we will attempt to help any and all patients who attend our clinic we cannot guarantee the same outcome as those reported here.

Why do we need this disclaimer? – Read the answer here.

CR – Salford

I had my first ever acupuncture session with Emma Guy, she shared some incredible insights into acupuncture and took her time to find out what would be the best approach for my personal needs.

I felt very relaxed and at ease before and during the treatment.

The past few weeks I have felt incredible and my confidence has grown since the session. This was something we discussed and I look forward to my next session with Emma.

Highly recommended!

Please note that all testimonials on this site have been written by the patients themselves.  All views expressed within them are solely those of the individuals concerned.  Any mention of success with their treatment applies only to their specific experience and is in no way a guarantee of efficacy in the treatment of other patients.  Whilst we will attempt to help any and all patients who attend our clinic we cannot guarantee the same outcome as those reported here.

Why do we need this disclaimer? – Read the answer here.

MF – Winsford

Over the last couple of years, I have been suffering badly with stress, anxiety and depression, I had been to the doctors a few times and all they wanted me to do was take some pills.

I didn’t want to go down this route and tried almost everything to help me feel better naturally. With a fear of needles, my last resort was to try acupuncture! Best decision I have made.

I wish I could put across just how much acupuncture and Cath has helped me, from my first visit I was put at ease and literally felt my stress levels melt away from the first needle going in.

I have since been going weekly and I am like my old self again! Can’t thank Cath enough for what she has done for me.

Anyone who is in two minds please just give it a go even if terrified of needles or think it wouldn’t work give it a go and you will be amazed.

A weekly visit of acupuncture with Reiki has done more for me than anything doctors have done for me.

 

Please note that all testimonials on this site have been written by the patients themselves.  All views expressed within them are solely those of the individuals concerned.  Any mention of success with their treatment applies only to their specific experience and is in no way a guarantee of efficacy in the treatment of other patients.  Whilst we will attempt to help any and all patients who attend our clinic we cannot guarantee the same outcome as those reported here.

Why do we need this disclaimer? – Read the answer here.