What is Acupuncture
Acupuncture is a branch of Chinese Medicine and originated in China where it still features in mainstream healthcare, both as a stand-alone therapy and in combination with conventional western medicine. Chinese Medicine is the oldest, professionally practiced medicine in the world. It has been researched, developed and refined for over 2000 years.
How does it work?
In acupuncture extremely fine needles are inserted into selected meridian points on the body. These are much finer than needles used for injections or blood tests.
On the first consultation a full case history will be taken, including medical history, lifestyle and diet. The main tool to identify the cause of disharmony is pulse diagnosis (alongside tongue and body diagnosis) in which 12 main pulses, 6 on each wrist are palpated and they alongside the full case history will indicate the most suitable treatment. Pulse diagnosis is an accurate method to establish what is going on inside the client and can show if there is any weakness that need to be strengthened, inflammation, where pain is situated in the body and from where to release it etc.
The acupuncture points are carefully chosen to achieve maximum benefit with as few needles as possible. The needles stay inserted for approximately 20 minutes.
Who can Acupuncture help?
Many people come to acupuncture with specific symptoms. Some just feel generally unwell, but have no specific diagnosis. Others choose acupuncture to maintain good health, as a preventative measure or to improve a general sense of well being.
As classical acupuncture treats the person as a whole rather than a symptom in isolation, it can be effective for a range of conditions, not only physical but also emotional. If you are unsure if acupuncture can help you, please feel free to call Pia for a chat to discuss if acupuncture would be of help to you.
Meet the practitioner
Pia Grönroos Lic.Ac. MBAcC
Pia completed a 4 year full-time training at the International College of Oriental Medicine in East Grinstead. This college teaches 5 Elements, TCM and the philosophy of Stems & Branches, offering a unique approach to understanding an individual at a core level. Pia complemented her training with a 2 year post-graduate course in integrated Western and Chinese pathology and has done several courses over the years in natural and assisted fertility.
Pia is passionate about learning and is continuously developing her skills further. She is a qualified yoga teacher, crystal healer and Toltec shamanic healing practitioner. This may seem like a lot of different approaches, but they are complementing each other and allowing for more subtle causes to be diagnosed. Different healing practices can be combined with acupuncture to create a more powerful treatment or used separately on their own if needed to provide the quickest most direct results. Yoga poses or stretches can be suggested to release physical pain, breathing techniques can be helpful for stress and anxiety. Sometimes she guides a meditation for her client during the acupuncture treatment to work on specific issues. Toltec practices can be useful to clear emotional or ancestral patterns, but also for stubborn physical issues. Adding or using any other form of technique is always discussed with client in beforehand and mutually agreed upon.
Pia is a member of the Association of Acupuncture Clinicians (AAC) and has been practicing from New Street Clinic since 2005.
Acupuncture appointments are available on Tuesdays & Thursdays 1:30 - 7:00