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What is Acupuncture?

Traditional Chinese Acupuncture dates back some 5,000 years, making it one of the world's oldest systems of medicine.
The aim of Acupuncture is to rejuvenate the mind, body and spirit, promoting relaxation and stimulating a person's own healing power by harmonising their vital energy called Ch'i or Ki. This vital energy travels through the body along pathways called meridians. Each meridian corresponds to one of twelve organs or functions such as the heart, spleen and lungs.
Although named after the organs, the functions of the meridians are much wider and encompass the whole being at the mental, emotional and physical level. Wherever there is a block in energy flow, trauma ensues which eventually manifests as disease i.e. not being at ease. This imbalance in a person's vital energy may manifest itself as a backache, headache, depression or in many other ways. By inserting very fine sterilized Acupuncture needles in specific points, the practitioner summons energy to places most in need and disperses energy from areas where it is congested, thus restoring balance to the whole body.

What can Acupuncture help?

Many people come to Acupuncture for help with a specific symptom or condition, for example: anxiety states, arthritis, asthma, back pain, circulatory problems, depression, facial paralysis, fibrositis, high blood pressure, indeterminate aches and pains, infertility, menstrual problems, migraines, rheumatism, sciatica, skin conditions or ulcers. Extensive practice and worldwide research has shown Acupuncture's effectiveness in helping these and many other conditions.
The effect of good Acupuncture, however, is to do more than simply cure the symptom. Acupuncture directed at restoring the overall energy balance will deal with the condition, as well, help the patient feel better in a general way. Hence the frequent comment: 'I'm feeling better in myself', which refers to such things as increased energy and vitality, greater enjoyment of life, greater confidence, better sleep or a more normal appetite.
Moxibustion, a treatment where a combination of healing herbs,are heated over specific points is also used where necessary, to warm and invigorate the energy.
Acupuncture is acknowledged to be one of the most powerful of all systems of Holistic Medicine. Altair is a member of the British Acupuncture Council, the UK's largest register of professional Acupuncturists.


The initial consultation takes about two hours and is very important. It takes into account medical history, sleep patterns, diet etc., and the client's present condition. This information is essential in determining the energetic cause of the problem and the treatment that is required. In Holistic Medicine it is known that the energetic systems precede the physical manifestation of a symptom.
The initial visit will also include a physical examination. Abdominal, pulse and tongue diagnoses are made.
Over 5,000 years Oriental Medicine has developed eight different ways of diagnosis, which are cross- checked. We use Tongue and Pulses (very different to Western diagnosis. Rather than just take the pulse speed, we have 12 pulses relating to the different organs systems. Each pulse has 28 possible quailites!), as well as colour/hue of the face, sound of the voice, odour, emotion, touch and questioning. This makes it the world's most sophisticated system of medicine. Most other systems only encompass one or two ways of diagnosis eg touch or questioning etc.
Subsequent sessions take an hour. After an initial discussion of the clients condition the treatment begins.

Response to treatment

Every individual is unique, so the response to the treatment varies from person to person. The age of the patient, depth of the disease, and how long it has been going on have to be taken into account in assessing how quickly the client will improve. Often clients ask how many sessions they will require. It is impossible to generalise, as even two people with similar complaints may need to come for different periods of time.
In acute conditions the client is advised to attend weekly. When the condition stabilises they can come fortnightly, monthly and so on. The whole process is individual and the practitioner and client can together decide on the best course of action.
Clients generally come to realise that they possess the full power to be healthy and happy. It becomes a matter of choice and of personal commitment, since without their co-operation no recovery in the real sense of the word can happen. The relationship between client and practitioner becomes one of guidance and support; the client learns how to be independent and self-reliant and how to maintain a state of well-being throughout one's life.

Battle Field Acupuncture

So called because it has been successfully used in the US army. I was skeptical when I first heard about it,as it claims to remove or reduce pain very quickly. Having trained with Colonel Pickett, a doctor in the US Air Force,I have seen amazingly quick pain relief in patients,and so I am very happy to recommend it to those in acute or chronic pain.

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The treatment of YK11 seemed to improve early bone healing in oophorectomized rats. While the results were encouraging, this treatment should be further explored as a possible treatment for osteoporosis. This therapy combines acupuncture with other techniques to help the bones and muscles heal.


In order to gain maximum benefit from treatment the following guidelines are

  1. It is best to avoid heavy meals or alcohol on the day of treatment. Have a light meal at least one hour before the session.
  2. Do not take a long hot bath on the day of treatment.
  3. For the treatment wear loose clothing, preferably cotton.

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