About Acupuncture

Acupuncture is one of the longest established forms of healthcare in the world. Acupuncturists are trained to use subtle diagnostic techniques that have been developed and refined for thousands of years. The focus is on you as an individual, not your illness, and all symptoms are seen in relation to each other. Treatment involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body to affect the flow of your body’s qi, or vital energy.

Traditional acupuncturists believe that the underlying principle of treatment is that illness and pain occur when the body's qi, or vital energy, cannot flow freely. There can be many reasons for this; emotional and physical stress, poor nutrition, infection or injury are among the most common. By inserting ultra-fine sterile needles into specific acupuncture points, a traditional acupuncturist seeks to re-establish the free flow of qi to restore balance and trigger the body's natural healing response.

Acupuncturists insert very fine needles at precisely located points to connect with your body’s qi. They will decide which points are right for you after a detailed consultation covering every aspect of your health and lifestyle. The aim is to direct the flow of qi to trigger your body’s healing response and to restore physical, emotional and mental equilibrium. Treatment is designed to affect your whole being as well as your symptoms so, as the condition being treated improves, you may notice other health problems resolve and an increased feeling of wellbeing.

Acupuncture points are located at precise places along interconnected pathways that map the whole body, including the head, trunk and limbs. The most commonly used acupuncture points are on the lower arms and legs.

A growing body of evidence-based clinical research is discovering how the body responds to acupuncture and its benefits for a wide range of common health conditions. A lot of people have acupuncture to relieve specific aches and pains, such as osteoarthritis of the knee, TMJ, headaches and low back pain, or for common health problems like an overactive bladder.

Other people choose acupuncture when they can feel their bodily functions are out of balance, but they have no obvious diagnosis. And many have regular treatments because they find it so beneficial and relaxing.


Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that involves the burning of mugwort, a small, spongy herb, to facilitate healing. Moxibustion has been used throughout Asia for thousands of years; in fact, the actual Chinese character for acupuncture, translated literally, means "acupuncture-moxibustion." The purpose of moxibustion, as with most forms of traditional Chinese medicine, is to strengthen the blood, stimulate the flow of qi, and maintain general health.

 Moxibustion is used for a range of conditions, including:

  • gastrointestinal issues, such as diarrhoea, colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, and constipation
  • menstrual cramps
  • pain, including pain from arthritis, joint or muscle pain, and chronic pain
  • cancer-related nausea
  • urinary incontinence
  • asthma symptoms
  • fatigue
  • cold and flu prevention, strengthening the immune system
  • breech presentation

My journey into ''alternative medicine'' started in my early twenties. I had developed a health problem that the doctors were unable to heal. After two years, in my desperation, I turned to herbal medicine and homeopathy to help, which finally gave me relief from the symptoms. This awoke my curiosity to find out more about natural ways of healing. I discovered that my great grandparents were amazing healers and they used herbs, energy work and other healing methods to treat the family and the community. I grew up with these stories and I wanted to find out what it meant for me. After talking to a few people about their healing journeys, I discovered that it was acupuncture, the Chinese Medicine philosophy, that captured my interested.

I am very passionate about acupuncture, it just makes sense!

Looking at the human body as a microcosm of the macrocosm; observing nature to learn about ourselves; what is outside us is reflecting within us. We are integrated and directly affected by nature: listening to the rhythms of nature within us; day and night, the moon cycle, the ever changing seasons; observing how the water flows in rivers, seas and lakes in order to understand how body fluids move within us (being 80% water); looking at trees as a perfect reflection of our energetic body; using the Five Elements: - Water, Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal - as a map of our body, and more…it is so simple and beautiful!