It is a sad but true reflection on our society that too many women “put up with” gynaecological issues and think that pain and dysfunction (both physical and emotional) are normal. They are not. They are all due to imbalance, which often starts as hormonal and can then progress to other physical signs and symptoms. Too many women who have had treatment at One Acupuncture® and say “I wish I’d known about this earlier”, “I think of all the wasted time (often years) when I didn’t have to be this way”.
We live in stressful times, often pulled in different directions -careers, family etc. We rarely take sufficient time for ourselves and the adage “you cannot pour from an empty cup” has never been truer. Looking after our physical and emotional health at all stages of our lives is something we can do for ourselves and Alison would love to help you do that.
Why One Acupuncture
Alison has lectured at a leading UK Acupuncture College for many years on Reproductive Health, including both Andrology (male) and Gynaecology (female). She has a deep understanding of Gynaecology from both an Eastern and a Western perspective and she brings the knowledge and insight from both these perspectives to bear on your unique diagnosis and treatment plan.
Young Women’s Health
Alison is increasingly treating girls and young women from peri-puberty onwards, smoothing their transition into and through the first years of womanhood. Conventional medicine has a tendency to medicate these young women, for example with the pill, or with other drugs that alter the menstrual cycle. East Asian Medicine understands that this transition period from 7-14 yr and 14-21 yrs are pivotal times in our development and long-term health and that we need to nourish and nurture during this time, not suppress and alter. Often the mothers of these girls have had issues themselves -often the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Together we can break this cycle and empower a generation of young women to own and manage their own gynaelogical health (patients under 16 yrs need to be accompanied by an adult).
What you receive
- Dedicated one-to-one care with a calm space to relax and review your complete medical and personal history, so together we can identify likely causes and how best to help you
- A full Chinese-Medicine based diagnosis – of your total health and also how it relates to your overall health
- Unique treatment plan, tailored at every treatment to how you are
- Diet and lifestyle advice based on your diagnosis
- Free access to the clinics lending library of books related to Women’s Health, e.g. menopause
- Self-support: advice on energy exercises, self-massage, acupressure
- Optional cross-referral to trusted other therapists, if appropriate
What we Treat
Alison takes a complete health history, makes observations and creates your individual East Asian Medicine-based diagnosis which is the foundation of your treatment at One Acupuncture®. She integrates any information you have from a Western perspective, including understanding your Western “label” if any, results of Western blood and other tests.
Treatment makes best use of all the East Asian Medicine tools are her disposal [link to what we do section] to help balance your body and mind. This includes not only Traditional Acupuncture, but also Tui Na (Chinese Massage) and heating herbs (moxa) as well as other techniques.
From an East Asian Medicine point of view, moving stagnant Qi and Blood, replenishing the body’s natural fluids, and improving flow and balance through the body are all key. Balancing the warming Yang and the cooling Yin is also important for Women’s Health. You will know if you are too cold or too hot, or sometimes a mix of both, with cold underneath but an increasing flare of heat, often causing symptoms.
Balancing and optimising these physical factors, while important, is not the whole picture. Emotional and mental health play an important role and are part of the whole you that is addressed in treatment. Many patients are pleasantly surprised at the holistic effect of Acupuncture and how much better they feel in themselves.
How can Acupuncture help?
From a Western medicine perspective, Acupuncture is in general terms believed to;
- stimulate the nervous system and cause the release of neurochemical messenger molecules. The resulting biochemical changes influence the body’s homeostatic mechanisms, thus promoting physical and emotional well-being. Stimulation of certain acupuncture points has been shown to affect areas of the brain that are known to reduce sensitivity to pain and stress, as well as promoting relaxation.
- increasing relaxation and reducing tension. Acupuncture can alter the brain’s mood chemistry, reducing serotonin levels, and increasing endorphin levels, which can help to combat negative affective states.
- stimulating nerves located in muscles and other tissues, which leads to release of endorphins and other neurohumoral factors, and changes the processing of pain in the brain and spinal cord.
- reducing inflammation, by promoting release of vascular and immunomodulatory factors (Source: BAcC, 2017)
What we Treat
The simplest answer to this is we treat you – body and mind. However, to give you some perspective,
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
Peri-Menopause and Menopause
Period Pain (dysmenorrhea)
Pre-Menstrual Syndrome (PMS)
Continued Professional Development (CPD) in Women’s Health
A summary of the professional postgraduate courses Alison has attended relating specifically to Women’s Health (excluding Fertility and Pregnancy). You can find a complete list of all courses taken, here. [link to CPD section under Alison]
Acupuncture for Gynaecology and Fertility (Jani White)
Japanese Acupuncture (Gynaecology focus) (Marian Fixler)