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Acupuncture has been used in the Far East to restore, promote and maintain good health for over 2,500 years. There has been a steady increase in the number of professionally trained acupuncturists in the UK from just a handful of practitioners in the 1970’s to over 2,800 registered with the British Acupuncture Council in 2007.


A complete, holistic system of medicine undergoing constant trials because of the increased interest within the public and the available evidence that supports its effectiveness.

Usually worked alongside herbal medicine and massage, acupuncture has been known to work effectively to treat a plethora of conditions, particularly those related to individuals with substance mis-use issues.

The acupuncture system is based on harmonising the meridian system- the Oriental system of anatomy. By balancing this system using the insertion of fine, sterilised needles, clients first experience a relaxing effect and a gradual management of their conditions.  A course of treatment is usually prescribed over a course of weeks, then reviewed before commencing treatment.

Clinical evidence shows that acupuncture, on a regular basis can help to detoxify the body of any drugs that are taken. Auricular acupuncture also reduces anxiety, stress and depression.  It also reduces cravings and withdrawal symptoms whilst providing a feeling of relaxation.

Treatment process:

An acupuncture session lasts between 40-45 minutes.  The treatment unblocks the flow of the client’s chi (energy) to correct any imbalance and aid in the detoxification of the body.  

Stimulation of the outer part of the ear helps to alleviate health conditions in other parts of the body. Before treatment commences a qualified therapist will complete a health check.  

The health check is a quick and simple form of questions relating to the client’s health, this ensures that clients are suitable for treatment.

What to expect:

Before the session begins you will be asked a number of health questions, this is all confidential and to make sure you get the most out of the session.  Some people want to listen to music during the treatment but it is recommended that the session takes place in silence. 

Acupuncture has shown effectiveness in relieving the symptoms associated with cravings and side effects of medication. Expect fine needles to be inserted throughout various sites around the body. The initial session may not give you any immediate effect, this depends on how much 'stuff' the treatment has to work through. Resistance comes through the form of chronic conditions, a system overloaded with toxicity or high levels of mental stress.

Treatment effects can show up 24 hours afterwards.

Once used to the therapy, deep relaxation, sensations of nerve impulses or heat throughout the body can be experienced. Most people nod off to sleep!


You may feel tired after the session and some people feel a little unwell, this is the body’s way of adjusting after the treatment and nothing to worry about.  


Roweena Russell, E: , T: 079 57 57 6305
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