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Acupuncture is the main treatment method used, however other techniques may also be applied when appropriate. I always check that patients are happy to receive these techniques before using them.




Very fine needles are inserted into specific points on the body along lines called meridians or channels. Acupuncture points are places where the Qi or energy collects and can be easily accessed. The acupuncture points used in each treatment are carefully selected according to their location or specific functions. Usually only 3- 6 points are chosen, less for purely emotional issues and more for acute or musculoskeletal problems.

Acupuncture needles are pre-sterilised and disposable. They are very fine and flexible, like a strand of hair. Unlike needles used for blood tests and injections, acupuncture needles are solid rather than hollow and their insertion is usually painless. By gently tapping the needles through the superficial layers of the skin, the needles go past the pain sensors without causing pain. Needles may be inserted and immediately withdrawn, or can be left in for about 20 mins, depending on the effect required.



moxa cone being lit


woman being treated with moxa box

Moxibustion is the burning of the herb mugwort on the skin to gently warm the body and to stimulate acupuncture points. It can help encourage the movement of Qi along the channels and it is also known to have a great calming effect during treatment.

Moxa comes in many forms and there are different methods of application:

Moxa cones – Small cones of moxa placed on an acupuncture point and burnt down until the patient feels the warmth. The cone is then quickly removed and this procedure may be repeated several times. The point may then be needled immediately afterwards.

Moxa stick – a ‘cigar’ of rolled mugwort is lit and held or moved above acupuncture points or large areas of the body.

Moxa on needle – a small roll of moxa is placed on the end of a needle and is then lit. A piece of card is placed around the needle to protect the skin. The heat travels through the needle deep into the body and is a very warming, relaxing treatment.

Moxa box – Moxa is placed within a box which is then placed on a large area such as the abdomen or lower back and the moxa is then lit.


cupping therapy

Cupping involves creating a vacuum within a glass cup over an area of skin. The vacuum draws the skin and underlying tissue up into the cup. The cup can be left in one location or moved over an oiled area, which feels very much like a relaxing deep tissue massage. The strength of the ‘massage’ can be adjusted by increasing or decreasing the amount of suction in the cup.

Cupping promotes circulation and is commonly used for musculoskeletal problems due to tension, stress or traumas to the body, as well as for colds and flu.

Tui Na

tui na massage

Tui Na is a Chinese therapeutic massage that relieves muscle tension, stimulates acupuncture points and stimulates the flow of Qi.

Tui Na can treat a range of conditions but is frequently used for musculoskeletal problems. It is particularly effective for neck, shoulder, back, sciatica, tennis and golfers elbow. Tuina can also be used to treat headaches, migraines, IBS, constipation, PMS and other stress related problems.

Tui Na massage is usually performed through clothing, without the use of oils. Various techniques can be used to warm up the entire area, stimulate specific acupuncture points and work along energy channels. Depending on the condition, the massage may be vigorous or gentle and it can leave you feeling relaxed and sleepy or energised.


woman being treated with gua sha

This involves rubbing the skin vigorously to increase blood flow and encourage the Qi to flow. This technique can also be very good for musculoskeletal problems.

Lifestyle advice

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I may suggest ways in which you can enhance the long-term effects of your treatment. This may involve making changes to your diet and daily routine. If necessary you will be referred to other healthcare practitioners for specialist care.


Leona Andersson Acupuncture
Impulse Leisure Centre
Old Barn Way
BN42 4NT


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