Traditional Chinese Medicine

In addition to the usual medical history, a full medical history is taken according to the precepts of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), to ascertain the state of the body’s natural energy, called Qi (pronounced ‘chee’).

Once the history has been taken, a TCM diagnosis can be made, and acupuncture, patent herbs or tui-na prescribed, or a combination of these, as appropriate. As part of the history, taking, pulse and tongue diagnosis are carried out to confirm the patient’s state of health from a TCM perspective.


Acupuncture has been used in the Orient for many thousands of years to treat ailments, disease and injury. It is carried out using fine (one-use) sterile needles to regulate and balance the body’s natural energy system (Qi). This helps strengthen the body’s immune system and allows the patient’s own body to help repair and fight disease.

The needles are inserted into various acupuncture points on meridians (channels) where the energy flows. Patients may feel a slight sensation on insertion of the very fine needle.

For more information about conditions treated, please visit the Research page of the British Acupuncture Council. The Research Fact Sheets summarise the results of thorough investigation in the benefits of acupuncture in such conditions as:

Options such as Chinese tui-na massage are also available for patients who prefer a similar approach that does not employ needles.

Chinese Herbal Patent Formulae

Traditional Chinese herbs can be prescribed in tablet form as a tonic or to assist acupuncture treatment.

All such ‘patent’ herbs used are natural, and purchased only from manufacturers that have been approved by The Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine.

Tui-Na (Chinese Medical Massage)

Tui-Na is carried out with the patient fully clothed.

A full Chinese and western history is taken, and tui-na and acupressure techniques are applied to the patient’s body to alleviate pain and tension from trauma or sports injuries. It can also be used for internal problems such as IBS.

Tui- Na makes use of the same meridians (channels) as acupuncture and can be used as a needle-less alternative.