A system of medicine which has been in use for thousands of years, acupuncture helps the body to maintain good health and to rid itself of illness or imbalance. It is based on the principle that the body’s ‘life force’ – the principle or energy that keeps us alive – travels along channels or invisible meridians within the body in a system which parallels, on an energetic level, the circulatory system. Energy blockages in these meridians, a causal factor of ill health – are then freed through the insertion of fine needles at fixed points along its lines.
In China, the use of acupuncture in anaesthesia (ie pain control) has been widely publicised, with anaesthetic-free operations performed with dramatic effect in front of a TV camera. Less well-known, but equally startling is the traditional Chinese practice of paying the acupuncturist to keep you well – and stopping payments when – and if – you become ill. In the west, the therapy is frequently used in the treatment of digestive, menopausal and respiratory (hay fever, asthma, etc) problems – as well as for arthritis and musculo-skeletal pain. Increasingly, its effectiveness in managing depression has been observed and is being studied.
The mild prick of the needle is insignificant compared to the reinvigoration one feels – and the healing one experiences – from a treatment.
Tim Stillwell BAc MBAcC qualified from the International College of Oriental Medicine in 1987. His further studies over the years include a postgraduate course in clinical acupuncture in Nanjing, China. Massage has always been a part of his work and he synthesises a number of techniques that utilise his studies of shiatsu and other forms of body work. He will often also use Bach Flower Remedies as part of his treatment strategy. He is a member of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) and is also a member of the BAcC’s ethics and disciplinary committee. He has been here at the Letchworth Centre since 1994. For further details about Tim read here.
When used on its own Acupuncture has been shown to increase fertility in both men and women. It can improve blood flow to the reproductive organs and improve their functioning, regulate
hormones, reduce stress and lessen the possibility of miscarriage. When used in conjunction with
conventional fertility treatments, it can increase conception rates by 26% and reduces their side
effects. Lianne’s work combines the latest research with clinical practice to optimise the likelihood of
natural conception or of pregnancy following medical intervention. She has a deep
understanding of the emotional impact of subfertility and she uses acupuncture to help
reduce its negative effects.
Lianne Aquilina BSc Hons Traditional Acupuncture MSc is a well-known fertility acupuncturist who has been working successfully with couples suffering with infertility since
2004. She has developed a range of effective clinical strategies to improve fertility and has worked closely with couples undergoing assisted reproductive technology to improve outcomes. Much in demand as a lecturer, Lianne is co-author of the internationally best-selling textbook Acupuncture for IVF and Assisted Reproduction: An Integrated Approach to Treatment Management. For further details – www.aquiliaacupuncture.com