acupuncture with jack weaver
WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE?
Acupuncture (針灸 zhen jiu) is a system of medicine that is over 2000 years old. Originally from China it is now practiced in more than 130 countries worldwide. It has survived and grown simply because it has proved time and time again that it is effective, safe and adaptable to the individual. The system is based on the premise that the quality of your Qi (life energy) determines your state of health. If your Qi is in balance, health is maintained; but when out of balance, illness and disharmony result. Imbalances in your Qi can come about from a variety of factors. Some examples include stress, poor diet, physical or emotional trauma, excessive emotional states, infections or overwork.
Acupuncture is one of the most widely accepted forms of Alternative medicine. Because is has been shown to be so effective, safe and free from side effects, more and more GP’s and others within the NHS are recognising it as something that could benefit patients and therefore have a place in mainstream healthcare. Several independent studies and the World Health Organisation (WHO) have found it to be one of the safest forms of treatment available.
What to expect from an acupuncture treatment
Acupuncturists work to establish the cause, nature and location of an individual’s imbalance, and the most effective way to treat it. This is commonly done by the insertion of fine needles into particular areas of the body, known as acupuncture points. These points lie on channels (or meridians), which circulate Qi throughout the body. By fine tuning the Qi in the channels, acupuncturists aim to achieve balance, health and harmony of each individual.
Treatment also often consists of other techniques in place of, or in conjunction with, the needles, where deemed appropriate. These techniques include massage, acupressure, moxibustion (the use of a burning herb around areas of the body to create warmth and energy), cupping (suction cups that draw out toxins or pathogenic factors) and advice (usually surrounding the likely causes of the imbalance and possible ways of addressing these).
What can acupuncture help with?
Acupuncture restores health simply by rebalancing the flow of Qi in both the organ systems and the meridians of the body, so any condition can be treated. It is equally effective in the treatment of both acute conditions (colds, flu, recent muscle sprains, urinary infections etc) and the more chronic, stubborn disharmonies. Some examples are:
- High blood pressure
- Migraines and Headaches
- Menstrual disorders
- Menopausal symptoms
- Infertility/ Subfertility
- Pregnancy/ Labour/ Post-natal problems
- Musculo-skeletal pain and/ or stiffness
- Asthma/ Bronchitis
- Low energy
- Digestive disorders
- Hay fever/ Sinus problems
- Other immune related disorders
- Anxiety and/or Depression
This list is not exclusive, these are just some of the many conditions where acupuncture has been found to be effective. For the more serious illnesses where Western medical drugs are essential and lifesaving, acupuncture is very often successfully used in alleviating unwanted drug side effects, improving quality of life considerably.
Jack (Bsc.Lic.Ac.) is a fully qualified practicing acupuncturist. He trained in the UK at The International College of Oriental Medicine regarded as a leader in its field, where he awarded first class honours Degree. He is a member of the British Acupuncture Council, having an approved standard of training in both Chinese and Western Medicine; and is bound by the Council's Code of Ethics.
Jack's approach is client-centred and takes into account all aspects of the individual in order to address the root cause of the condition rather than just the symptoms alone. Treating conditions this way help to eradicate any underlying conditions as well as the symptoms in order to minimise re-occurance. As a classical acupuncturist Jack practices Five Element, TCM and Stems and Branches acupuncture, working with life cycles, rhythms and birth energies to restore health and well-being.
Jack recently volunteered at Vajra Varahi Healthcare Clinic in Nepal, providing free and low cost acupuncture to the local population in Chapagoan, just south of Kathmandu.
How Safe is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture has been proven to be a wholly safe form of treatment provided the practitioner is a BAcC member, the regulating body for Acupuncture in the UK. The BAcC ensures that all members adhere strictly to the Codes of Professional Conduct, Safe Practice and Ethics, and that they have achieved the required level of training to become a qualified Acupuncturist, currently set at degree standard.
The Code of Safe Practice ensures that all needles used are single use, pre-sterilised and disposable. Once used the needles are discarded in the appropriate manner, so there is no risk of infection.
'I saw Jack for one treatment while visiting the UK, due to persistent pain in my neck and shoulder, with referred pain to my er and down my arm. It kept me awake at night. After the treatment I had no pain for 6 months! Jack was so thorough and sensitive that I've been kind of reluctant to see someone else' - Tabitha Ewing
'After having surgery Jack provided a wonderful healing, positive and calm atmosphere. I had never had acupuncture before and Jack was a great practitioner at introducing acupuncture's many benefits. He is very considerate to your needs and I always left feeling restored' - Helena Hutchinson
'As someone who doesn't like needles I was rather apprehensive about acupuncture, however, Jack creates such a calming and safe spaceI immediately felt reassured. I have been having acupuncture on and off since then with Jack and it is always a relaxing, restorative experience. It has really helped me with low-level fatigue.' - LJ (Primary School Teacher)