Acupuncture in Wokingham - Get the best Acupuncture Services in Wokingham, Berkshire
Acupuncture is the ancient healing art of inserting very find needles into specific points along pathways on the body to activate the Qi (vital energy). The flow of Qi can be disrupted by many ways, i.e. emotions, poor diet, overwork, trauma, stress, etc. Acupuncture acts to restore the natural flow of Qi bringing a holistic balance back to the body.
Dr (TCM) D'Alberto understands that not everyone likes the idea of needles, so he uses the best quality acupuncture needles to ensure a smooth insertion with minimal discomfort. Acupuncture needles are very fine and almost painless. You can fit 20 acupuncture needles into a hypodermic syringe.
The history of acupuncture
Acupuncture treatment is often viewed as a strange form of therapy originating from East Asia where they are all Buddhists. This is far from the truth. There is now some proof with the discovery of the frozen Oetzi tattoo man found in 1991 in the Italian Alps that acupuncture may have been around in Europe over 5,000 years ago. Therefore acupuncture doesn’t necessarily belong to East Asia. What is known is that its use has been documented in East Asia for over 2,000 years and has a long and successful history.
Acupuncture probably originated from massage (acupressure) where they would massage a point on the body and find it helped another part of the body that was in discomfort. The Chinese then added their unique understanding and awareness of Nature to these points to give us the acupuncture we know of today. The technology used to make acupuncture needles or rather pins, has evolved over the centuries from bamboo stripes, to thick needles to ultra fine pins we use today. In the west, these ultra-fine pins are just used once and then put into a special container and then incinerated for health and safety reasons.
How does acupuncture work?
A patient's signs and symptoms are broken down and categorised into a pattern differentiation (Bianzheng). This allows the physician to understand which organ(s) are disharmonised, the pattern and movement of the disharmony from one organ to another and its origin. The internal organs are divided according to Yin and Yang. The hollow, empty organs (Fu) are Yang, Large Intestine, Urinary Bladder, Gallbladder, Stomach and Small Intestine, whilst the full (Zang) organs are Yin, for example the Heart, Liver, Spleen, Lung and Kidney. Together they are known as the Zangfu. Each Yin organ is paired with a Yang organ. Disease pathology is categorised according to Wu Xing (Five Phase theory); metal, water, wood, fire and earth. Each Zangfu presents not only a phase, but also a colour, emotion, animal, planet, season, etc. To read more about the concept of acupuncture and Chinese medicine, click here.
Is acupuncture safe?
A large-scale study conducted published in 2001 found acupuncture to be very safe after reviewing over 34,000 treatments. It is also safe to use on pregnant women to help maintain a healthy pregnancy and can be used during labour to help ensure a smooth birth and relieve pain. Doctors, physiotherapists, chiropractors, nurses, etc can legally perform 'acupuncture' after a weekend course. It's not possible to learn over 2,000 years of medicine in one weekend. It's like learning western medicine in a day!
What can acupuncture treat?
It is recommended in the treatment of multiple health problems by the World Health Organisation (WHO). What makes this system so uniquely suited to modern life is that physical, emotional and mental aspects of humanity are seen as interdependent and reflect what many people perceive as the connection between the different aspects of their lives. Acupuncture, therefore works on multiple levels to bring a state of balance back to the mind, body and emotions. There are twelve principle channels that span the human body. They look like the lines on the underground map and the acupuncture points themselves are like the underground stations that sit on the channel. Each one has an associated health property. Stimulating them with very fine needles gives the body a gentle push back to the path of good health.
How does acupuncture feel?
People are often reluctant to have acupuncture for a fear of needles. This fear of needles generally comes from having blood tests or vaccinations. However, the needles used in acupuncture are more like pins. You can fit 20 of these pins into a syringe, they are that thin. Some people will feel acupuncture more than others. This is often due to a lack of energy. The weaker the person is, the more sensitive they are and the more they will feel it. The sensations a person feels when having acupuncture are not anything like you normally feel in your day-to-day life and can be:
- A dull throbbing ache
- A pulling sensation like two train carriages being coupled together
- An electrical sensation
- A tingling sensation
- Sharpness (which is the needle breaking the skin)
What will I feel after having acupuncture?
The most noticeable affect people feel when they have acupuncture is how calm and relaxed they feel afterwards. These are the most noticeable effects of acupuncture, although that's not all it does, these are just the obvious benefits. Stress and anxiety play an important role in fertility so most people notice how relaxed they feel afterwards once the anxiety and stress has faded away. Some patients say they feel a big light headed after getting off the couch, which is normal. Some even sleep on the couch during acupuncture, which can give the person a great catnap and restore their energy levels and health. I find that the more the person relaxes on the couch, the better the acupuncture works. After having acupuncture, it is safe to drive or go back to work. Most people like to have acupuncture after work as they often feel too relaxed to want to go back to work again. Some people might need a few more minutes to gather themselves if they fell asleep or feel light headed afterwards.
What is dry needling?
Dry needling is not acupuncture. Just putting a needle in where it hurts is not acupuncture. Make sure that you receive proper acupuncture. GP's, Osteopaths and Physiotherapists have only done weekend courses and have very limited skills.
Dr (TCM) Attilio D'Alberto BM (Beijing), BSc (Hons) TCM, MBAcC, MRCHM
Dr (TCM) Attilio D'Alberto has been practicing acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine for over 15 years. He is passionate about empowering people with the ancient knowledge of Chinese medicine through knowledge, lifestyle and diet. This knowledge can be used again and again in people's lives and those of their family.
Dr (TCM) D'Alberto graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine from Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in China. This full time, five year degree program included six months internship at two of the largest hospitals in Beijing, China.
Dr (TCM) D'Alberto practices acupuncture, moxibustion and cupping from his own acupuncture clinic in Wokingham. He is a member of the British Acupuncture Council and practices traditional Chinese acupuncture and not 5 Element style, which is a modern, western invention.