Acupuncture is a safe treatment for all. It can be used to optimise health, as a part of a proactive, preventative health program or to treat specific conditions or ailments.

Chinese medical philosophy believes that energy flows throughout the body along pathways or channels, this energy or Qi (pronounced Chee) nourishes the body. If this energy becomes imbalanced, weakened, blocked or restricted then ailments can occur.

Factors such as emotional strain, stress, overwork, trauma, anxiety, anger, infections, disease and hereditary causes can all affect the smooth flow of Qi.

An acupuncture treatment involves the insertion of ultra fine needles into specific points to release blockages and to encourage Qi flow.

There are many different styles of acupuncture that are practised today across the world. Rachel integrates Constitutional Five Element Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM ) approaches in her treatments. She also uses massage and acupressure.

Constitutional Five Element Acupuncture

With its roots found in Daoist philosophy and ancient naturist thinking, Five Element theory utilises concepts of the five elements; Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water, to express the movement of Qi within an individual and the universe.

Constitutional Five Element Acupuncture concentrates on the individual and diagnoses through the key concept of Constitutional Factor or CF, which denotes the root of the imbalance. Treatment focuses on the person's spirit as well as the physical symptoms. This style is particularly beneficial for;

  • those wishing to use acupuncture as a preventative form of medicine
  • to relax, re-balance emotions and release stress

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
TCM is the most commonly practised style in China. It is structured in approach and incorporates many different acupuncture traditions. It is a very dynamic style, and is being constantly updated and refreshed as new developments occur. It is used to treat a wide range of ailments and diseases.

It can treat both chronic and acute diseases and is particularly helpful in pain management and paralysis.