COMMUNITY ACUPUNCTURE OXFORD
Affordable and Effective
A Happier, Healthier You
Community Acupuncture was created to help make acupuncture accessible and affordable to many people in our community. It is available to people living on lower budgets.
Unlike multibed clinics, these acupuncture sessions are one to one, making it possible to work closely and confidentially with each patient.
Providing a low cost service means patients are able to have more frequent treatments, which will bring about deeper and longer lasting changes in their health.
Community Acupuncture treatments are professional, gentle and effective and support people with the wide reaching effects of acupuncture.
A Planned Approach
By taking time to look at both the symptoms and underlying causes of disease, unique treatments are created for each person, supporting people in their own route to wellness.
Treatments cater to patient need. Acupuncture, cupping and moxibustion techniques are all used to give people the best treatment for their unique needs.
Here For You
I have extensive training and clinical experience in restoring health and wellbeing with traditional acupuncture.
I approach treatment by drawing on thousands of years of practice and development from Oriental medicine, combined with contemporary based clinical training and evidence based research.
As a member of the British Acupuncture Council I am bound to strict codes of conduct and professional practice, and are committed to continual post graduate training.
BOOKINGS & COST
Low cost treatments
First Appointent: £55 (60 minutes)
All Follow-up Appointments: £35 (30 minutes)
Cancellation Policy. There is a strict 24 hour cancellation policy. 24 hours notice is required for cancellation or to reshedule. Appointments cancelled after this time incur the charge.
Because over 90% of appointments are booked at least a week in advance we appreciate at least 7 days notice of a cancellation or change to your appointment. This is to ensure that all patients have access to available appointments.
Payment: We accept card, cash and cheque payments.
Appointments are available from Wednesday to Saturday
Wednesday: 1.30 - 6.30pm
Thursday: 10am - 7pm
Friday: 1.30 - 6.30pm
Sat: 9am - 5pm
WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE?
and how does it work?
WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE?
Acupuncture is a therapy that has been used for thousands of years to treat a wide variety of conditions. It’s usage stems from traditional Chinese medicine which soon spread to neighbouring areas like Korea and Japan.
It views the body as an integrated whole. By asking questions and using pulse diagnosis the practitioner is able to identify which systems are weak, blocked and over-active. The practitioner then chooses appropriate acupuncture points to simultaneously treat the symptoms and the root cause. By doing this, the person can be bought back into balance restoring health and well being, and increasing resilience to future problems.
WHAT CAN IT HELP?
Acupuncture is recognised to be effective by a variety of organisations, including the World Health Organisation, the NHS, Cancer Research, the Drugs Rehab Service and the Stroke Association amongst others.
It is used to help a wide range of conditions, both physical and mental. It is often considered better at managing chronic conditions, it can also be effective with acute conditions.
It is most often seen as a good way to manage pain, but is also very effective in dealing with other system or organ based diseases and illnesses.
A more comprehensive list can be found on the UK based British Acupuncture Council website, And from the World Health Organisation who list the wide variety of diseases or disorders for which acupuncture therapy has been tested in controlled clinical trials.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
From a traditional Oriental medical view point acupuncture works by stimulating the subtle meridians of the body. A practitioner is able to adjust the strength of each meridian using different acupuncture points. Points can be reduced, tonified or harmonised to help bring the body back to balance. A body and mind in balance can better withstand diseases, repair from injury and illness, and maintain healthy function.
There are a few theories on how acupuncture might be achieving this. One is that it the needling itself acts as a micro-trauma which stimulates the immune system with healing compounds. This accounts for local healing effects of dopamine, the body's natural pain killer, and natural anti-inflammatories.
Most often, however, acupuncture uses points on the lower arms and legs to effect organs and entire physical systems (cardiovascular, hormonal, digestive etc). A needle inserted into a particular point in the wrist can affect the lungs, and one in the foot can affect the stomach. It is possible that acupuncture uses the network of neural pathways to change the way the body functions.
WHAT WILL IT FEEL LIKE?
The needles are ultra fine and are usually painless. You may feel a variety of sensations, or nothing at all. Some people describe a sensation as warm, pulling, tingley or tugging. Each person’s experience will be slightly different.
WHAT SORT OF NEEDLES DO YOU USE?
As a member of the British Acupuncture Council, I practice clean needle technique and use high quality, ultra fine, sterile, single use acupuncture needles. Once a needle has been used it is immediately disposed of in a medical sharps box.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?
This will vary for everyone. An improvement is usually seen within the first four treatments and for some conditions and people the improvements begin after the first treatment.
Treatments are once a week to begin with. As symptoms are relieved and the patient feels better in themselves treatments are spaced further apart to fortnightly and so on.
Many people come to acupuncture regularly every month or six weeks to maintain good health.
HOW WILL I FEEL AFTER MY TREATMENT?
People find acupuncture deeply relaxing and calming.
If you've been running on empty or recovering from an illness you might tired. This shouldn't last longer than a day.
The treatment can also release energy from within the body and you may feel refreshed and energised.
It is important to listen to your body, if you feel tired it's best to rest and recuperate.
HOW DO I PREPARE FOR THE TREATMENT?
It is important to eat on the day of your treatment. Try to leave an hour between eating and the appointment.
It’s best not to drink alcohol on the day.
Please wear loose clothing. Points from the knee and elbow down are routinely used in acupuncture treatments.
LicAc MBAcC BSc(Hons)
Heather studied at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine gaining a licence to practice acupuncture (LicAc), along with a BSc (Hons) degree. The college teaches an integrated style that combines Traditional Chinese Medicine with Five Element Acupuncture. Her training included TCM, biomedical sciences, five element acupuncture, tui na, gua-sha and qi gong. She is now a faculty member of the college teaching acupuncture skills.
She went on to obtain a post graduate qualification from the Toyahari Association of Japan. This form of Japanese acupuncture is known for its very gentle yet powerful needling techniques. It’s a particularly good technique for people with needle phobia and anxiety.
She is a fully insured member of the British Acupuncture Council and is bound by strict codes of ethics and practice. She is committed to the highest standards of professional care as well as to their professional guidelines and strict clinical hygiene standards.
She maintains her membership of the European Branch of the Toyahari Association through ongoing training.
ONGOING TRAINING & INTERESTS
She continues to develop her clinical skills with ongoing postgraduate training and although she treats a wide range of conditions she has a particular interest in the areas of emotional and mental health, treating stress, anxiety and depression, women’s health and fertility, long term and chronic health complaints and acute pain.
Heather treats both men and women and aims to get to the constitutional root of the condition to achieve long term health improvements. She works to restore and preserve physical and emotional health and wellbeing.
She specialises in acupuncture, electro-acupuncture, cupping, moxibustion and touch needle.
HOW MUCH RESEARCH IS THERE?
There is a growing body of research evidence showing that acupuncture is effective, and in many cases more effective than standard medical treatments.
Acupuncture is by far the mose researched of all alternative or conjunctive health practices.
See below for various articles and pieces of research on a variety of conditions treated with acupuncture.
UNDERSTANDING THE RESEARCH
Scientific research uses very particular and precise language that is not always easy to understand.
Some care must be taken when interpreting the results of any research. Treatment outcomes are dependant on the quality of the practitioner and the surroundings. Fully trained acupuncturists study for at least four years at degree level to understand the very complex prinicipals and techniques in Oriental acupuncture.
Research is often carried out by medically trained acupuncturists who may have trained for only a handful of hours.
This is adequate for running trials, but does not acurately reflect the results that can be achieved by degree level trained practitioners.
Nonetheless the research into acupuncture remains robust.
The Cochrane research group is highly regarded in scientific research. They collate and analyse unbiased, high quality studies and research from multiple sources. They are tentative at drawing conclusions making their results particularly valuable to the scientific community.
BRITISH ACUPUNCTURE COUNCIL
British Acupuncture Councils research fact sheets – from acne to vertigo
WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION
The Independant – ‘Best way to treat back pain is with acupuncture’
Community Acupuncture Oxford is based at
the Iffley Turn Practice in West Oxford.
Wednesday: 1.30 - 6.30pm
Thursday: 10am - 7pm
Friday: 1.30 - 6.30pm
Sat: 9am - 5pm
IFFLEY TURN PRACTICE
3 Church Cowley Road