Our bodies and minds need nourishment and healing to create our own safe place, a haven from where we can renew our strength, compassion, and alertness. When we are healthy both physically and emotionally, we feel good about ourselves and easily bounce back from setbacks. We can cope with the challenges in our lives, we are resilient and feel content, our body and mind are in balance.
By assisting your innate healing capacities, acupuncture can help you create this refuelling station, from which you can get back to everyday life and its challenges with fresh energy and new perspectives.
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Five Element Acupuncture
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese healing system dating back thousands of years. It is based on the theory that energy -Qi flows through a network of connected meridians, which if in balance provide health and well-being. If the flow of Qi is blocked or in imbalance, symptoms will arise, and illness will occur. In treatment, we look the re-balance the system by finding the root cause of the illness and help the body to heal itself physically, mentally and spiritually.
There is growing scientific evidence, based on clinical research, showing how the body reacts to acupuncture in a wide range of conditions and validate the effectiveness of this complex healing system.
This style of acupuncture focuses on the emotional and spiritual distress that may cause physical problems too.
It is thought that each individual resonates most strongly with one of the five archetypal elements: Fire, Earth, Metal, Water or Wood. The aim is to isolate the weakest element and support it back to health by restoring the balance and harmony among the five elements. As a result, the patients will feel better in themselves and live their life fully and consciously to their full potential. Seeking treatment for mental and emotional wellbeing, including stress and anxiety relief is one of the most common cases I see in the clinic.
What to expect on your first appointment
During the first consultation, we will discuss your medical history in complete confidence and the main complaint for which you are seeking treatment.
I then normally carry out a range of diagnostic tests:
I take your pulse
look at your tongue: the colour, the tongue coating, and the shape of the tongue itself give me very useful information about your health.
I often palpate specific acupuncture points, along with certain meridians.
After gathering all the information, I create a unique treatment plan for you and will carry out the first treatment.
Moxa is made of the herb Artemisia Vulgaris. There are various forms of it like a cigar-shaped moxa stick or cones. I use it on carefully selected acupuncture points for a warming and healing effect. This is a beautifully simple treatment for certain digestive problems, gynaecological conditions, and breech presentation in late-term pregnancy.
Cupping is widely used around the world in different traditions. Glass or silicone cups are placed on the skin by creating a vacuum that generates a lovely relaxing and relieving sensation.
It has a warming and invigorating effect: an exceptionally powerful technique in the treatment of musculoskeletal complaints, acute or chronic pain, including menstrual pain and endometriosis.
Gua sha is a very safe, effective and simple technique where a jade tool is used in sweeping motions on the skin. It is a stimulating and soothing treatment for conditions such as a common cold, headache, muscle tension and even in case of morning sickness.
Treatments are available at The London Acupuncture Clinic
57A Wimpole St, London W1G 8YP
There is ever-growing scientific evidence showing how acupuncture works and how effective it is. The British Acupuncture Council has created a set of Fact Sheets on various conditions to provide accurate and unbiased general information about the efficacy of acupuncture.
In line with the strict advertising rules set out by the Advertising Standard Authority, Erika Fodor does not claim to cure any illnesses. Acupuncture should be considered a complementary therapy along with Western Medicine.
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