About the Business

Welcome to the Edinburgh Acupuncture Clinic and East Lothian Acupuncture Clinic. Julia Edmonds offers Five Element Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, TCM at both of her acupuncture clinics in Edinburgh and East Linton. Julia has run her acupuncture clinic in Edinburgh since qualifying as an acupuncturist in 1998 which is when she became a Member of the British Acupuncture Council to find out where the Edinburgh Acupunctue Clinic.

She started to study Five Element Acupuncture in in 1995 having received acupuncture herself and went on to study Traditional Chinese Medicine as a post graduate. Julia had already received training as a massage therapist gaining a qualification from ITEC in 1993, this gave her an introduction to Complimentary Healthcare.

Julia gained her License to practice Acupuncture in March 1998 from the College of Traditional Acupuncture in Leamington Spa. This is a recognized degree level course and allows Julia to use Lic. Ac. (Licensed Acupuncture Practitioner) after name. This course gave Julia a grounding in Five Element acupuncture. She subsequently became a Member of the British Acupuncture council and went on to do four further years post graduate study at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine at Reading.

Julia studied Traditional Chinese medicine also known as TCM on this course, click on the following Traditional Chinese Medicine and TCM link to find out more. Julia feels that by studying both Five Element Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, as an Acupuncture Practitioner, she can offer a complete range of treatments to suit the individual.

Julia continues to undertake courses as part of her continuous professional development and has taken many courses including:acupuncture and pregnancy; acupuncture for back pain; acupuncture for knee pain: acupuncture and fertility problems; acupuncture and anxiety; acupuncture for pain; muscular and skeletal disorders; acupuncture for arthritis; acupuncture to stop smoking; acupuncture for weight issues; acupuncture for anxiety and depression and many more emotional and physical conditions. Julia is required to submit her her Continued Professional Development programme to the British Acupuncture Council every year.

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What is Acupuncture?

What is Acupuncture?

It is incredible to think that acupuncture is available to people in Edinburgh and East Lothian, and the acupuncture given is based on a tradition that goes back thousands of years. Acupuncture is an ancient system of medicine which has been tried and tested over many hundreds of years. While it is a very old system of help, acupuncture remains a modern choice for many people and can work very well alongside current western medicine.

Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine needles into acupuncture points which are situated all over the body. By inserting a needle, the acupuncturist is able to manipulate an individual’s personal energy, known as Qi. (Pronounced ‘chee’). When a person is unwell the Qi stops circulating correctly around the body. By inserting needles Qi is encouraged to return to its natural balance.

The flow of Qi can be affected by many things, for example an injury, wear and tear on joints, poor diet, emotional strains like grief and overwork. These will then present as symptoms to the individual, for example, pain, insomnia, fatigue, in fact any disorder could be said to have its root in poor circulation or quality of qi. The aim of acupuncture is to return an individual’s natural equilibrium. The image below is of an ancient statue which shows the position of the meridians of energy and the associated acupuncture points on those meridians. The energy flows to and from the extremities through out the body having an influence on the area of the body it travels through.

For example the Gall Bladder energy travels from the head over the skull through the trunk down the legs and ends on the end of the fourth toe. This channel is often treated for head aches and often away from the skull, so you may find that you have visited and acupuncturist with migraine but have needles inserted into your foot. The channel also travels through the hip area, again it is often treated for sciatic pain as is the bladder channel that travels through the buttock. Again these channels end on the foot, so if you go to see an acupuncturist for sciatica as well as local points where the pain is the acupuncturist may treat the channel further down the leg. Sciatic pain is a good example of trapped qi as it often corresponds exactly with the energy line.

Location & Hours

187 Dalkeith Road

Edinburgh, EH16 5DS
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