Every Tuesday from 2.00pm to 6.30pm
All Saints Centre
44 All Saints Road
07791 414 440 Sue
Because of our location close to the Northern Line stations of Colliers Wood and South Wimbledon, we are easy to get to from Tooting Bec, Tooting Broadway, Mitcham and Morden, as well as Wimbledon itself. Follow the link above for location, directions and travel information, from other areas around Merton and London.
What Is Acupuncture
Acupuncture is a branch of traditional Chinese medicine, a tried and tested healthcare system that has been practised for thousands of years in China and the Far East. It has been developed, tested, researched and refined over centuries to give us a complex and detailed understanding of the body's energetic balance.
Today traditional acupuncture is practised all around the world and clinical trials are confirming its efficacy. More and more people are able to benefit as traditional acupuncture becomes a recognised option within standard healthcare. Recently, the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommended acupuncture as an effective treatment for over forty different conditions.
How Acupuncture Works
From a Chinese Medical perspective, the dominant function of acupuncture is to regulate the circulation of Qi (vital energy) and Blood. The flow of Qi and Blood through the meridians is just like the flow of water through a stream. It can become blocked off by an obstruction. In the streams, this might be a fallen tree or a mud slide whereas in humans it might be caused by the influence of stress, diet or living conditions. When a stream is blocked, it floods above the blockage and below the blockage it dries up. If one goes to the point of blockage and clears it away, then the stream can resume its natural course. Similarly, if the Qi in the meridians becomes blocked, the body becomes distressed and this situation can give rise to different disorders.
Inserting a small needle into the blocked meridian helps to rectify the disturbance in the flow of Qi. Meridians have certain points which, if treated by needling, will have a significant impact on the flow pattern. If the qi circulation is corrected, the body can eliminate most symptoms and eventually-with proper diet, exercise, and other habits-overcome the disorders and illnesses.
In Western terms, several theories on the mechanisms of acupuncture have been suggested. The most commonly accepted is that acupuncture works by stimulating nerves to produce changes in the brain. Other research has shown that some acupuncture meridians are assocciated with bands of collagen that run through the body. Needling acupuncture points changes the way messages are sent along these bands. More recently, researchers in Seoul, Korea, have found hollow structures which follow closely the path of acupuncture channels as described by the original acupuncturists and oriental physicians.
In reality, acupuncture could work through a combination of several mechanisms.
What Can Acupuncture Treat?
People seek acupuncture for a wide variety of conditions. Acupuncture text books cover a similar range of conditions and illnesses to text books on Western Pathology. In a typical week at our clinic we may see people who are suffering from conditions such as back aches, menstrual problems / period pains etc, fertility problems, neck pains, tension, stress, IBS / bloating, migraines and headaches, depression and mental-emotional issues, for example. Please give us a call to discuss your case and how (and indeed if) acupuncture can help you.
Acupuncture also recognises many disharmonies that have no medical diagnosis. Acupuncture may produce feelings of positivity and increased well-being, and many people enjoy the effects of acupuncture for this reason.
Please follow the link below for a full list of conditions as recommended by the World Health Organisation:
W.H.O. - Conditions treatable with acupuncture
The advice of a qualified health professional should be sought at all times.