The acupuncture practitioners at our clinics are fully qualified acupuncturists and hold either a Postgraduate Certificate, a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree or Masters Degree in Acupuncture.
Acupuncture is one of the most popular complementary therapies and is becoming more widely used by the medical profession. It is a simple, drug-free way to ease or stop pain which involves placing small needles into the skin at specific points on the body. The needles enter just into the skin or deeper into the muscle. All needles are single-use sterile needles and once inserted can be stimulated manually or electrically to enhance the effect of treatment. This will produce an odd kind of ache or tingle. The needles are then left in place for about 10-20 minutes or they may be left for 30-40 minutes for chronic conditions. Following treatment the patient may feel quite relaxed for a few hours or even a little sleepy.
Effects of acupuncture
Acupressure and acupuncture points are places on the skin that are especially sensitive to bioelectrical impulses in the body and when stimulated conducts impulses readily throughout the body to have their desired effects. Western scientists have studied and proved the existence of these points.
Stimulating these points with needles, pressure or heat triggers the release of endorphins (the brain’s natural pain-relieving hormones) which are neurochemicals that relieves pain. As a result, pain is blocked and the flow of blood and oxygen to the affected area is increased.
Acupuncture produces many of its effects by stimulating nerve fibres in skin and muscles. These sensory nerves form a network in the layers of the skin. Needling sets off a chain reaction causing the body to release chemicals locally, causing local blood vessels to dilate thereby increasing local blood flow in deep and superficial tissues, which encourages tissue healing (e.g. in muscle, tendons, joints and ligaments). It may also improve the function of local glands, such as salivary glands. Acupuncture has a general calming effect and can improve a person’s wellbeing.
Acupuncture also has other important central regulatory effects on the central nervous system. It is well known for reducing nausea, for example in pregnant women and travel sickness. It may also influence the autonomic nervous system, and various hormones, such as the female hormones that controls the menstrual cycle.
Besides relieving pain, acupuncture can rebalance the body, enhance the immune system, relax and reduce tension thereby allowing sleep to be improved. Overall it assists the body in its fight against infection and ill-health, giving a feeling of well-being and better health.
For patients who are afraid of needles, different types of special equipment are used instead of needles to achieve the same effect.
Common conditions that we treat with Acupuncture:
- Pregnancy disorders
- Arthritis and Rheumatism
- Circulatory Problems
- Headaches and Migraine
- Sprain and Strains
- Back, Neck and Shoulder Pain
- Skin Conditions
- Post Stroke
- Diabetes/Peripheral Neuropathy
- MS & ME
Our Acupuncture Practitioners
Introducing Shumin Xu …
The 9 most important things you should know about complementary healthcare practitioner Shumin Xu …
1. Shumin was born in Changchun City in NE China and has lived in 2 countries: China and the UK.
2. Having previously lived in 2 locations in the UK she has finally settled in Sheffield where she has lived for more than six years.
3. Shumin is a committed believer and practitioner of integrated medicine with more than 20 years experience in the medical profession.
4. Shumin studied for 5 years in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) at the TCM Chengchun University where she obtained her medical
degree and became a qualified TCM doctor.
5. Shumin has worked in 3 TCM hospitals in China. At one of these she further studied and practiced in emergency medicine.
6. As an enthusiastic practitioner Shumin has developed 3 special interest areas: arthritis, infertility and recurrent miscarriages as well
as practising TCM for the more common ailments.
7. Shumin established and ran her own TCM clinic in China before moving to the UK.
8. Shumin has worked in the UK for 5 years as a TCM doctor for a leading national TCM outlet, practising mainly at Meadowhall.
9. Shumin also likes music and singing.