Traditional Chinese Acupuncture - Linda Dowler BA Lic Ac MBAcC


Availability: Tuesday 9am - 5pm, Thursday 1pm - 5pm

Session Prices:
FREE - Introduction (10mins)
First consultation £60*
(* increasing to £65 on 1st Feb 2015)
Follow up (adult) £40
Follow up (child) £32
Hopi Ear Candling £26

Linda trained at the College Of Integrated Chinese Medicine in Reading where she also completed a post graduate certificate in Chinese Patent Herbal Remedies. She is a member of the British Acupuncture council and regularly attends courses and seminars to upgrade and develop her knowledge and skills.

Linda has studied both Traditional Chinese Medicine and Five Elements acupuncture. These are the two main styles of practise in the UK. Five Elements focuses on improving the patient's constitution and strength supporting their mental and emotional well being. Traditional Chinese Medicine the predominant practice in China concentrates on the treatment of symptoms based on yin yang and eight principle theory.

Linda is also a qualified yoga teacher and has certificates in Body Massage and Thermo-Auricular Therapy.


WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE AND HOW DOES IT WORK?
Acupuncture is an ancient system of medicine which is based on the idea that the living body has a life force energy called Qi. Qi flows along highways known as meridians. The qi or life energy can become out of balance when there is disharmony in the body. The energy can block, for example, because of external invasion or due to internal conditions such as difficult emotions. These result in the development of symptoms.

WHAT DOES A TREATMENT INVOLVE?
During your first visit a case history will be taken. You will be asked questions about your specific complaint as well as your medical history, diet, sleeping patterns and any other relevant aspects of your life. If there is a physical or structural problem a short examination may be necessary. Acupuncturists gain much information by looking at the tongue and by taking the pulse. From all of these details a diagnosis will be made to suit your particular needs.


People can benefit immediately from acupuncture though it is usual to have regular treatments for six weeks to set the body on its road to recovery. Sessions may then be continued at less frequent intervals according to the patients requirements. Each treatment will last up to an hour.


Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine sterilised needles into the body. The needles cause a tingling sensation to be felt in the body, some people call it a dull ache. Treatment can be very relaxing - some patients have fallen asleep during a session. Cupping and moxa heat and some massage may be used during a treatment if necessary.

WHO COMES FOR ACUPUNCTURE TREATMENT?
Acupuncture is suitable for most people including children and the elderly. A full case history is taken to make treatment safe for the patient and all underlying medical disorders should be disclosed for patient safety.