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Qualified: The International college of Oriental Medicine (1998)
Member: The British Acupuncture Council (BAcC)
Gary Hussey started studying Chinese acupuncture in 1993 at the International College of Oriental Medicine and established his own private practice in Bournemouth in 1998.
Gary has mastered two different styles of traditional acupuncture. TCM (traditional Chinese medicine) which is the standard in classical five element acupuncture, and also Stems and Branches, which is a refined technique of classical five element style acupuncture. Stems and Branches is the most ancient style of acupuncture still in existence, and because of its refined nature, Stems and Branches practitioners tend to use fewer needles and there is a longer time between treatments.
What is Acupuncture
Every cell of the body has a tiny electro-magnetic charge, this electricity was known to the ancient Chinese and they discovered that it flows in channels, which are called meridians, in an unbroken circuit around the body (similar to the circulatory system). They called it Qi.
The flow of Qi can be disturbed by many factors, physical, mental and emotional: anxiety, stress, anger, fear or grief, poor nutrition, weather conditions, hereditary factors, infections, poisons and trauma. By inserting fine needles into the channels of energy, an acupuncturist can stimulate, reduce or re-establish the flow of qi and restore its natural balance.
The principle aim of acupuncture is to maintain or restore health physically and emotionally. This is done by preventative or curative techniques respectively.
History of Acupuncture
Acupuncture has been used in the Far East to restore, promote and maintain good health for over 2,500 years. The first needles were made from stone, and then later from bronze, gold and silver. The first medical account of acupuncture was The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine which dates from about 300 BC. These records also contain details of pathology and physiology which some 2,000 years later provide the theoretical foundation for acupuncture today. Acupuncture practice has gradually developed and been refined by masters such as the famous Chinese herbalist Li Shi Zen who, during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), published his fifty-volume Compendium of Materia Medica, as well as a study of the Pulse and the Extraordinary Meridians.
Acupuncture was not the subject of serious study in Britain until the late 1950s. Links were made through Europe, where many Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese master practitioners had moved. The early students of acupuncture were often those already practising natural medicines – osteopaths, homeopaths and naturopaths. For many of them traditional Chinese medicine seemed to recognise and formalise many of the concepts they had uncovered through their own experience as practitioners.
There has been a steady increase in the number of professionally trained acupuncturists in the UK, from just a handful of qualified practitioners in the 1970s to over 2,800 registered with the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) in 2007.
What can Acupuncture treat?
- Allergies and skin conditions eg. ezcema, psoriasis
- Infertility and help through IVF
- Breathing and lung problems eg. asthma
- Digestive and bowel complaints, eg haemorrhoids
- Ear, eye nose and throat disorders
- Stress, Anxiety and Depression
- Headache and Migraine
- Period Pains, PCOS, Endometriosis
- Urinary Problems
- Infertility and IVF treatment protocol
- Problems related to pregnancy and giving birth
- Back pain and chronic pain conditions
- Chronic Fatigue and Fibro-myalgia
- And many other conditions
Who has Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is extremely versatile medicine, it is most widely known to treat physical problems such as pain, in fact Acupuncture effectively treats most physical, psychological and emotional conditions, these might include anxiety, asthma, depression, sciatica, high blood pressure, arthritis, repetitive strain, infertility and other gynecological problems, digestive problems, headaches, sinusitis, low immunity, fibro-myalgia, ME, spinal disc prolapse, any non specific pain, IBS, eczema, allergies, infections, nausea, menieres disease, menopausal symptoms, emotional problems that have become habit such as phobia, prolonged grief and excessive anger.
The benefits of Acupuncture frequently include more than the relief of a particular condition. Patients often feel increased energy levels, sleep better and get an enhanced sense of overall wellbeing. As mentioned earlier it is also used preventatively for health maintenance, these patients are usually seen every three months. This is the best method of using acupuncture, prevention is better than cure as the old saying goes.
Acupuncture is a safe treatment for all. It is used on babies and children ( although it is not common for Gary to use needles on children under 5) and is beneficial for age associated problems such as enlarged prostrate. It is very effective for all the problems associated with pregnancy such as morning sickness or high blood pressure and is useful when overcoming addictions to drugs and can be used to minimise the withdrawal effects of alcohol and recreational drugs.
Treatments last about 45 minutes. The first one lasts a little longer as a case history wil be taken. You will be asked current symptoms, past medical history, possibly family history. Pulse diagnosis is used to diagnose the problem in the ‘Qi’ and from this the points are selected.
Approximately one to five needles are used in each treatment and these are retained for twenty minutes and are usually painless. As a general rule of thumb acute patients are seen weekly and chronic patients are seen fortnightly or monthly.
All members of the British Acupuncture Council must observe a strict code of practice, which lays down the stringent standards of hygiene approved by the department of health.
Treatment Details & Cost
£43 per treatment (no consultation fee)
Telephone: 01202 554098 Mobile: 07921 999520