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About Acupuncture

Traditional acupuncture is an ancient system of medicine that has been effectively used over several thousand years and has its origins in China and other Eastern Countries. From Chinese philosophy, our health is dependent on the body’s motivating energy, known as Qi or Chi – flowing through the body in a smooth and balanced way. When this vital energy becomes unbalanced illness may result. The acupuncturist aims to bring harmony and balance back to the patient’s Qi. As this happens the patient’s symptoms and overall health will improve.

Commonly treated conditions

Back/Joint pain * Muscle Spasm * Arthritis * Tendonitis * Sports Injuries Addictions: Smoking * Alcohol * Drugs * Food Depression * Anxiety * Stress * Insomnia Headaches * Tremors * Post-Stroke Acne * Herpes * Eczema Indigestion * Constipation * IBS PMS * Menopause * Impotence

Free 15 minute consultations are available to allow you to learn more about Acupuncture and to assess whether Acupuncture could be of benefit to you.

Frequently asked questions

What does it feel like?

Acupuncture needles are much finer than those used for injections and blood tests. When they are inserted, the sensation is often described as a tingling or dull ache.

What does a diagnosis involve?

The diagnosis itself can take up to two hours, allowing the acupuncturist to assess your general health and to identify the underlying patterns of disharmony, in order to give you the most effective treatment. You will be asked about your current symptoms, what other treatments you have received, your medical history, diet, digestive system, daily stresses, sleeping pattern and emotional state. Part of the diagnosis involves taking your pulse on both wrists, and looking at your tongue. From this information, the most appropriate treatment can be selected to improve your complaint, and boost your energy and vitality.

What does treatment involve?

Treatments consist of inserting very fine needles into acupuncture points either for a second or two, or left in place for up to 20 minutes, depending on the effect required.

What should I feel during treatment?

During treatment, patients commonly experience a sensation of heaviness in the limbs or a pleasant feeling of relaxation. The benefits of acupuncture frequently include more than just relief from a particular condition. Many people find that it can also lead to increased energy levels, better appetite and sleep as well as an enhanced sense of overall well-being, with reduced stress levels.

What are the professional standards?

David Sanders is a member of the British Acupuncture Council, who require all members to have achieved a demonstrable level of competence in Acupuncture, Clinical competence and Western Medical Sciences. All members are bound by the Society’s code of ethics, which covers relations with patients, fellow practitioners and the general public. Training lasts for a minimum of three years, and all our acupuncturists are fully insured.

A copy of the Code of Ethics is available from: British Acupuncture Council Park House 206 – 208 Latimer Road London W10 6RE

Opening Hours 

8.30am – 7:00pm

9.00am – 12.00pm (by appointment only)


Find Us

Thornbury Chiropractic Clinic
The Georgian House
6 The Plain
BS35 2AG

Tel: 01454 418259