Acupuncture is an important part of Chinese Medicine and has been practised and perfected for thousands of years. It works on the basis that there are several channels in the body, through which “qi” (our life energy) runs. When the flow of qi is impaired, discomfort and symptoms of disease may occur.
By inserting very thin, disposable needles in strategic points of the channels, acupuncture aims to restore the normal flow of qi and support the body’s natural healing processes to not only relieve specific symptoms but to improve health and well-being. Although mostly used as a means of pain relief, acupuncture can be used to treat people with a wide range of complaints.
What conditions can be treated with acupuncture?
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has issued an extensive list of conditions that can be treated with acupuncture. These include:
- chronic pain, including back pain and arthritis
- depression, anxiety and stress
- sleeping problems
- digestive problems including IBS
- PMS, menstrual irregularities, menopausal syndrome
- high blood pressure and circulatory problems
- asthma, sinusitis, bronchitis, hay fever and other respiratory conditions and allergies
- withdrawal symptoms during detoxification from addictive substances, including alcohol and nicotine
- symptoms arising during pregnancy such as morning sickness, digestive disturbances, back pain, oedema and others.
Acupuncture also can be used to simply harmonise mind, body and emotions.
With over 25 years of experience, Brendagh has had notable success in treating a wide variety of conditions. She has particularly enjoyed assisting with fertility (male and female) and hormonal imbalances as well as treating musculo-skeletal problems (both acute and chronic). With a background in psychology, she is also skilled at treating lifestyle issues such as stress, anxiety and depression. Acupuncture can be an invaluable companion on the journey to greater health and serenity.
Currently, she also works at Penny Brohn Cancer Care as Senior Acupuncturist, offering support to people dealing with the side effects of active cancer treatment.
Brendagh initially studied at the College of Traditional Acupuncture (CTA) at the time of Professor JR Worsley, and so is trained in the deep constitutional diagnosis of the Five Element style. Her later studies at the College of integrated Chinese Medicine (CICM) enriched her treatment skills, adding the syndrome and substance differentiation of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). This enables her to be as adept at working with emotional development as with physical conditions of pain, approaching each patient as a unique individual, not just a list of symptoms.
Brendagh is a fully recognised member of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) and abides by their strict code of conduct.
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