Acupuncture originated in China approximately 2,000 years ago. It involves the insertion of very fine needles into the skin, and can be used to boost the body's natural healing energy in order to promote health and long life, or to treat specific illnesses or complaints.

A life of excess and extreme is cautioned against in Tao philosophy. Moderation, balance and harmony are encouraged, in order to enhance Chi (energy), Shen (spirit), and Jing (soul). The acupuncturist will seek to promote this philosophy, as well as helping Chi to flow unimpeded through the body along the 12 'meridians', six of which are 'Yin', and six of which are 'Yang'.

Because the needles are so fine only a slight discomfort may be felt. Alternatively, the acupuncturist may apply pressure (acupressure) rather than inserting needles. This way Chi is either encouraged or calmed, depending on the nature of the problem. Cupping or the application of Moxa, may be used to enhance the flow of Chi to the acupoint.

For further information, including research into the efficacy of acupuncture for various conditions visit The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (acupuncture factsheet).

Treatable Conditions

  • To control pain, i.e.
    • Muscle pain
    • Joint pain
    • Pain associated with inflamation
    • Pain of childbirth
    • Pain related to specific illnesses, i.e Cancer, irritable bowel etc.
  • To help control nausea and vomiting
  • Giving up smoking
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • High blood pressure
  • Withdrawal from alcohol
  • Menstrual problems
  • Menopause
  • Stress and anxiety



Therapy-World only displays practitioners' qualifications in those cases where we have been able to confirm these, having seen a copy of relevant certificates and verified membership of the appropriate professional organisation. In all other cases we do not display qualifications, and would advise all potential clients to satisfy themselves of a practitioner's competence and ethics. For further guidance on choosing a suitable practitioner see, "How to find the right therapist", which can easily be printed out for future reference.


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Louise Webster. Moreton, Wirral/Merseyside.

"Louise Webster first trained as a Reflexologist in 2000 then as a Sports Massage Therapist in 2001. In 2004 she qualified from the School of Five Element Acupuncture in London and set up a busy practice in Stroud, Gloucestershire before relocating to The Wirral with her family in 2007."

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British Acupuncture Council MBAcC; Lic.Ac.; BA Hons

Telephone : 07970 260450



Victor Ong. Acupucture For Life, Staffordshire.

Classical five element acupuncture in the Staffordshire towns of Lichfield and Cannock and also in Atherstone. Acupuncture is used to maintain the best health by a majority of people in the East. The practitioner is British Acupuncture Council registered and has been practising for over 14 years

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British Acupuncture Council. Lic.Ac., MBAcC

Telephone : 01543 472454