What is Acupuncture?
Traditional acupuncture is a comprehensive medical system which is over two thousand years old. It is based on a model of good health and function where pain and illness are indications that the body is out of balance. Acupuncture treatment is focused on returning the body to equilibrium.
One of the great strengths of traditional acupuncture is that the physical, emotional and mental health of a person are seen as interdependent and a holistic approach to cause and treatment is taken.
Traditional acupuncturists are trained to use diagnostic techniques that have been developed and refined for centuries. The focus is on the individual, not their illness, and all the symptoms are seen in relation to each other. Each patient is unique; two people with the same western diagnosis may well receive different acupuncture treatments. The underlying principle of treatment is that illness and pain occur when the body’s Qi, or vital energy, cannot flow freely. There can be many reasons for this: emotional and physical stress, poor nutrition, infection or injury are among the most common. By inserting very fine sterile needles into specific acupuncture points, a traditional acupuncturist seeks to re-establish the free flow of Qi to restore balance and trigger the body’s natural healing response.
Can Acupuncture Help?
Acupuncture is perhaps best known in this country for musculoskeletal problems such as bad backs, frozen shoulders and sciatic pain but acupuncture is a complete medical system and can help with a wide range of physical, emotional and mental conditions. The British Acupuncture Council has produced fact sheets for some (but not all) of the conditions that acupuncture can be helpful for. Read more.
Acupuncture can be used either as a stand-alone therapy or in combination with conventional Western medicine. Contact Jeff to find out if acupuncture can help you.
Jeff is a wonderful therapist
“For most of my adult life migraine had been having an increasing impact on my life and on my family. My GP, always supportive, had said that there was no further medication he could offer except beta blockers, and I had tried several complementary therapies to little effect. When my son mentioned that one of his employees had found acupuncture helpful for migraine I decided to give it a try. The therapist who had been recommended was not practising when I enquired, but passed my name on to Jeff Cross, who was recently qualified at that time. Experience had taught me not to expect too much. I had been advised that if no appreciable benefit was apparent after six treatments there would be little point in continuing. After four or five sessions I began to notice changes. The intervals between attacks had lengthened, and the headaches themselves were milder. The improvement has continued to the point where I no longer fear to make commitments in case of having to cancel them. While I still experience some migraine it is manageable: much less severe. Jeff’s skilled treatment has changed my life. He has the healing touch and a gentle reassuring approach; and quite a sense of humour, too! If you are worried about needles, there is no need. All you feel is a tiny tap and then a painless ‘pull’ sensation: no pain. Acupuncture is an ancient and wonderful therapy. I don’t understand how it works, but it does, and Jeff is a wonderful therapist.”
- Sue Hiscox
Wonderful results were achieved in a matter of weeks
“Wonderful results were achieved in a matter of weeks. It is a great relief to be free from the pain that distressed me for almost twenty months. Jeff Cross is a highly skilled practitioner. Based on my experience and treatment outcome I would recommend his professional services to all without hesitation,”
- Neil Parry
Easy to confide in and comfortable discussing quite intimate details
“I have found Jeff easy to confide in and comfortable discussing quite intimate details in a practical manner. He is pleasant to chat with during treatment while maintaining a strictly professional attitude. The acupuncture itself is an ongoing success.”
- Caroline Elmitt