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By definition, equilibrium is “a state in which opposing forces or influences are balanced”. The second definition is “a calm state of mind”. I think this perfectly encapsulate the holistic view of the human body and its place in the world, a view which permeates throughout all Asian cultures, and particularly Chinese Medicine. As the French say (roughly translated), a sane spirit in a sane body.

Chinese Medicine aims at returning balance within the individual. This “equilibre” doesn’t conform to a particular stereotype but it is unique to you at this time of your life. It can take many different forms, but eventually derives from the quiet joy of inner peace, to give you the choice to become who you want to be. Acupuncture often opens a window, from which you can experience this clam state and allow things to resolve.

I also think this notion of equilibre contain the idea of things in flow. In a state of equilibrium the system has the capacity to return to the still position fairly fast after being disturbed with the minimum of fuss. Extremes are avoided. One becomes flexible like a reed, or like a child, not rigid like a dead oak. True health goes beyond the complete well-being as defined by WHO, it is also the capacity to adapt and cope, and return to equilibrium.

Is this an attainable goal? For over 10 years now this is what my work has been about, helping people regain their equilibrium, physically and mentally, in an holistic way so that they can adapt, be mostly undisturbed by what life will throw at them, and most importantly go on enjoy life. It’s about maximizing the individual’s potential. Time and time again, I see people get better beyond their expectation, get discharged and achieve amazing things, like this lady, initially riddled with osteoarthritis who then went on to complete a very long walk in the Pyrenees (see testimonials). Every relapse is shorter, less intense and clears after only a few sessions.

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Chinese Medicine is the oldest, continually practiced, professional and literate medicine in the world. The written literature for this medical system stretches back 2500 years. Its effectiveness has stood the test of time, and current clinical trials consistently prove its effectiveness; so much so that it has been accepted by Western Medicine, and was recently recommended by the House of Lords to be made part of the NHS.

Holism is at the heart of Chinese Medicine: it views the body, the mind and the spirit as one. Your practitioner will seek to treat you as a person and get to the root of the disease, rather than just treat your illness.

How does it work?

The theory behind it states that energy lines or meridians circulate around the body, at the surface as well as through the organs. These meridians carry our life energy or Qi around. When the flow of Qi is impaired, imbalances and ill health occur. Many factors can block the proper circulation of Qi: emotional upset, physical trauma, poor diet, overwork to name a few. Blocked energy can manifest itself as pain, but also feeling of heat, cold, numbness. Once the practitioner has determined the underlying causes linking all your signs and symptoms, very fine needles are inserted to unblock the meridians and restore your natural balance.

Although modern research is in its infancy, it shows that acupuncture can affect most of our body’s systems: for instance, it stimulates the nervous system, hormone outputs and immune system function. One of its best-documented effects is the stimulation of endorphin production, to decrease pain threshold.

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102 Liddell Gardens

Harlesden, NW10 3QE
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