Acupuncture is the use of sterile, stainless steel, disposable needles about the size of two hairs, inserted approximately 2mm into specific stimulation points in the skin. Each point has its own function and effect on the body’s Qi.
Qi “pronounced Chi” is considered to be the life force, the energy that powers the body, mind and spirit. Wellness is achieved when the Qi is balanced. Negative symptoms are considered to be an imbalance of Qi. Acupuncture’s goal is to help patients Qi achieve balance.
Symptoms of imbalance may appear on mental, emotional or physical levels. Treatment is best when we pay attention to small, initial symptoms before they get too big.
Using the NADA 5 point protocol, we stimulate specific points in the ear in order to address problematic symptoms that a patient may display. The ear is seen as a 'microsystem'. This means that there are stimulation points in the ear that relate to every possible part of the body.
Cravings (drugs, alcohol, tobacco, sugar, caffeine, food, etc)
5 small needles are inserted into skin on the ear.
Calms the heart, soothes the mind, descends Qi, and regulates excitation and inhibition. This point possesses sedative, analgesic and antiallergenic functions.
Use:Calms the mind, treats insomnia, restlessness and excessive sensitivity. It promotes lower abdominal circulation, harmonises the liver and reduces high blood pressure. This point reduces stress and anxiety very effectively.
Related Emotions: Sadness and depression.
Effective in relieving visceral pain and cramps, vassal spasm, constriction and spasm of arterial and vena.
Use: Strong pain killing action relieving contractions in intestinal organs. This point causes dilation of blood vessels and is used for treating many vascular/arterial related disorders. It is used for treating night sweats or involuntary perspiration. It is also effective for treating eye disease and is widely used in the treatment of anxiety.
Related Emotions: Anxiety, worry and nervousness.
Tones, warms and nourishes the kidneys. Reinforces the kidney to hold Qi and build physiological strength.
Use: Cleanses damage caused by drugs, medications and alcohol. Strengthens kidney function. Can address nervous deafness and dental problems. Strengthens the lumber spine, aids brain tissue, assists urination and sharpens the eyes and ears. Stimulates head hair.
This point additionally nourishes sperm and can be used in fertility treatment.
Related Emotions: Fear, paranoia, low self-esteem, lack of confidence and sexual-dysfunction.
Regulates functions of the liver (storing blood, maintaining patency for the flow of Qi and controlling the tendons). This point harmonises the liver and spleen (stomach). Nourishes Yin (calm nourishing energy) and restrains the Yang (active fire-filled energy).
Use: Regulating blood circulation, improving eye sight, strengthening stomach and digestion. Relieves chest heaviness, generalised soreness and pain. Reduces abdominal distension and treats depression. This point reduces dizzy spells, convolutions, fainting, haemorrhage disease and iron deficiency anaemia.
Related Emotions: Denial, anger, violence, irritability and depression.
Promotes lung function, improves respiration, skin and hair. Transports nutrients (blood and Qi) and regulates metabolism.
Use: This point controls breathing, regulates body temperature and promotes circulation of oxygenated blood. Effective in treating oedema, night sweats, skin disease/irritation and laryngitis. The lung and large intestines are intimately related and this point is effective for treating enteritis and diarrhoea.
Related Emotions: Holding on to negative emotions, grief and lack of motivation.
Acupuncture has been found to be very effective for patients who:
Acupuncture is an enjoyable experience for anyone wishing to relax in a safe, peaceful environment. It is recommended that patients decide on a treatment plan based on their individual issues or needs.
All acupuncture treatments includes the stimulation of points via sterile needles and a structured, guided relaxation exercise (Qi Gong) or a self-meditation session (dependant on the patient’s preference).
For patients who have an acute or specific issue that they would like to work on, it is recommended that acupuncture is undertaken at least once per week until symptoms improve (6 week courses available).
For patients who simply want to keep relaxation in their lives, or wish to maintain their improved level wellbeing following a course with us, I would recommended a minimum of once monthly treatments. However, acupuncture can be appreciated and effects can be seen even at random intervals if simply seeking some tranquillity.
Group treatments are an effective way to obtain acupuncture treatment without the high cost. At Equilibrium, we are aware that some issues may require intensive and frequent treatments in order to improve symptoms. We do not wish for finances to get in the way of your recovery and are therefore offering patients the chance to engage in our acupuncture groups at a significantly reduced rate. These groups will be held at specified times and are available on a first come first served basis. They will be made up of up to 6 individuals, all requiring high frequency interventions for their symptoms. Your confidentiality at these groups will be maintained and it is simply a way of us being able to offer treatment to multiple patients at one time for a low cost. Your practitioner has extensive experience of running acupuncture groups and there has been considerable evidence to suggest that attending for this type of treatment in groups can significantly benefit patients due to increased Qi (energy) in the room. If you would like further information on our acupuncture groups, please discuss this with your practitioner.
Ear Magnets/Ear Seeds
Patients who wish to intensify the effects of their acupuncture session can opt to add an ear magnet or ear seed treatment to the end of their session. Once the practitioner has removed the acupuncture needles from the ear, a magnet or seed can be placed upon the pressure point and secured with adhesive tape. This will keep the point stimulated for a much longer duration and keep the effects of the treatment strong. These magnets or seeds can be massaged by the patient at any point, to add additional stimulation to the point and bring about a feeling of calm and relaxation. These magnets or seeds are not permanent and the duration that they remain adhered to the ear depends on multiple factors including shape of the ear and personal care.
We aim to offer a full holistic experience so will be offering tailor made herbal blends to enhance the effects of your treatment. We are able to talk through the effects and benefits of each herb to create a mix that suits your needs.
Emma Rogers is your therapist for these treatments.
1 Hour Auricular Acupuncture Treatment - £40
(Includes free additional 15 minute consultation at first appointment)
30 Minute Auricular Acupuncture Treatment - £25
45 Minute Group treatment - £15
(Up to 6 patients, specified times only)
Ear magnets - £5 (50% off if opted for with a 1 hour session)
Herbal teas (individualised supply) – various prices by weight
(Please approach your practitioner for a guide)
6 Week Course of Acupuncture Treatments (pay for 5 sessions only).
* You will be given priority booking
* All courses include free herbal teas (pick and mix leaves), created specifically for you based on the issues that you are presenting with.
*All courses include free ear magnets after each session
(N.B. not safe for pregnant women)
30 minute sessions - £125 (save £25 plus cost of magnets and teas)
1 Hour sessions - £200 (save £40 plus cost of magnets and teas)
Life coaching – price available upon request
You MUST tell your practitioner if you are pregnant. You may still receive auricular acupuncture and relaxation (in fact, this can be very beneficial in pregnancy) but it is important that you inform the practitioner so that she can reduce the number of points stimulated as per protocol.
Ear magnets or seeds cannot be used on pregnant patients for safety reasons. Please feel free to discuss the protocol for pregnancy with your practitioner.
Pregnant women cannot ingest specific herbs, so please make your practitioner aware if choosing teas.
Due to the nature of auricular acupuncture, there is a very small chance of bacterial infection. This is due to the skin being broken and the potential for bacteria to enter the body. This is a very uncommon side effect and can be easily avoided by keeping the area clean. Your practitioner will be happy to provide you with additional cleansing wipes if you desire.
Clean, sterile needles are used every time in this practice and you will see your practitioner opening a fresh set of disposable needles every time you visit. You are not at risk of catching any viral infections from unclean equipment.
As with tattooing and piercing, acupuncture may prevent you from giving blood for 4 months. This is due to the nature of the treatment piercing the skin and the potential for infection (as outlined above).
When selecting herbal teas, please be aware of storage if you have pets. Some of the herbs are not safe for your pets but have very healing properties for you.
Monday - Friday 9am - 8pm
Saturday 9am - 5pm