Acupuncture

Acupuncture has been practised in China and other Eastern countries for over 5,000 years and is one of the oldest systems of healing in existence.

In recent years there has been a growing interest in the use of acupuncture in the Western world. Now supported by clinical research, it is accepted as a form of healing alongside orthodox medicine.

Our state of health is thought to depend on the balance of yin and yang; these two fundamental forces are at the core of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

The dynamic polarity between yin and yang gives rise to the vital energy called Qi. The Qi flows round the body in channels. When the vital energy is blocked or stagnates the flow of Qi is disturbed; this becomes the basis of illness.

The flow of Qi can be disturbed by a number of factors. These include poor diet, over work, lack of exercise (or too much physical exercise), weather conditions. Also emotional factors such as anxiety, anger, sadness and grief, excessive worry.

The stimulation of appropriate acupuncture points will free this blockage or stagnation, improve the flow of energy and promote healthiness.

Some conditions which may be helped by acupuncture

  • Back and neck pain, sciatica, arthritis, headaches, migraine, chronic pain syndrome
  • sinusitis, hayfever, asthma
  • stress, anxiety, chronic fatigue
  • bladder and bowel problems
  • skin conditions
  • menstrual disorders, menopausal symptoms
  • hot flushes in cancer patients

It is often worth trying acupuncture for conditions which have not responded well to orthodox medicine.

In addition patients diagnosed with cancer can be provided with Qi Gong training to strengthen the immune system and counteract the side effects of both chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

Stephanie Ross

Acupuncturist
Stephanie Ross BSc(Hons) MCSP MACA DipAc China, became interested in acupuncture in 1995 and commenced training at Renshu College of Chinese Medicine – China Beijing International Acupuncture Training Centre UK Branch. This is an integrated establishment of the Acupuncture Institute of Chinese Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and the WHO Collaborating Centre for Traditional Medicine. She gained a diploma in acupuncture following successful completion of the International Professional Examination Tutorial programme, China Study Tour and Acupuncture and Moxibustion Proficiency Examination undertaken in Beijing 2000.

Stephanie is also trained to teach Guo Lin qigong for those diagnosed with cancer. Please refer to this website for further information www.acupuncture-qigong.co.uk

Stephanie  is also a Chartered Physiotherapist.

Treatment costs £52 for initial 1 hour assessment and treatment.

Follow ups £45 for 45 mins – brief reassessment and treatment.

Frequency – usually once each week – possibly twice each week if acute or treatment for addictions ie smoking.

Reduced rates on discussion or when considerable amount of treatment required or where patients have chosen to continue treatment over a long period of time.

I can honestly say without Stephanie's acupuncture and compassionate understanding following the death of my husband I would have been in a TRUELY bad state. I have had acupuncture for nearly 30 years having read that one of its main aims is to keep the body healthy rather than wait for problems to arise. After all we do have our machines serviced regularly in order to keep them running smoothly so why not treat our bodies with equal care? – S.T, Wantage
Acupuncture really helps with many symptoms of my MS. Fatigue is a major symptom which is eased by acupuncture. It appears to give me much more energy and I have been given several self help exercises to try to maintain my energy levels. Acupuncture has helped with many different areas of my body including nerve pain, sensory issues and bowel problems. Nerve pain-I often experience altered sensations in different parts of my body. These can either cause tremendous itching or shooting pains. Acupuncture seems to soothe these sensations allowing me to rest and will often take them away completely. Bowel problems. In the past few years I occasionally have sudden unexplained bowel incontinence. I feel this is one of the worst problems MS has caused due to severe embarrassment that could make me want to stay at home always. Acupuncture appears to strengthen my bowel and make me more confident that a bowel accident will not happen. My MS often produces diverse and unpredictable symptoms. I am so pleased that acupuncture is there to ease many symptoms and help me cope. I also value and enjoy the individual treatment that acupuncture brings. – Anon.
Call Wantage NTC on 01235 760079 to arrange an appointment with Stephanie.

If you would like more information you can contact Stephanie direct on:

Mob: 01993 771622
Email: stephanie.ross1@btopenworld.com
Website: www.acupuncture-qigong.co.uk