Committed to offering the best possible support and treatment to my patients
Janice Booth - Acupuncture
I studied at the College of Chinese Medicine in Royal Lemington Spa and established a practice in Swindon in 1988. I practise an integrated system of Chinese medicine, notably Five element and TCM. I am a member of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC).
I am committed locally to offering the best possible support and treatment to my patients: and nationally, through my governing body, the BAcC, to safeguarding acupuncture as a significant option for restoring and maintaining health. I am a lecturer in Chinese medicine at the College of Integrated Chinese medicine in Reading and work for the British Acupuncture Council, currently as its Conference consultant.
In my daily practice I am constantly reminded, through patients, of the many benefits which acupuncture can bring. In a democratic society where we are free to make choices, the decision to have acupuncture treatment is so often linked to a wish to restore a sense of well-being and positivity and provide renewed energy with which to tackle life’s ups and downs.
Over the last 21 years as a practitioner I have encountered a wide range of health conditions and bear witness to the many positive outcomes of treatment. I am willing to make home visits where necessary.
So how does it work? A brief analysis!
Acupuncture points could be described as areas of ‘electrical sensitivity’. Inserting needles at these specific points on the body stimulates various sensory receptors that, in turn, stimulate nerves that transmit impulses to the hypothalamic-pituitary system at the base of the brain.
The hypothalamus-pituitary glands are responsible for releasing neurotransmitters and endorphins, the body’s natural pain-killing hormones. It is estimated that endorphins are 200 times more potent than morphine! Endorphins also play a big role in the functioning of the hormonal system. This may explain why people often say they feel relaxed after a session (release of serotonin?) and also the possibility of using acupuncture for not just pain conditions, but also for gynaecological issues.
In a state of perfect health our ‘qi’ flows smoothly, everything is balanced. You could describe this qi as the energy of all observable physiological activity, our very own bodily electro-magnetic currents! Pain, illness or disease may result from a blockage or imbalance in the flow of this energy.
An acupuncture treatment involves the use of fine, pre-sterilised needles inserted into specific acupuncture points along channels or meridians in order to re-establish the flow of qi. Research has shown that such treatment can improve the circulation, allowing for oxygen, blood and lymph to support the body’s own self-healing process.
The World health organisation (WHO) has compiled a list of diseases and conditions for which it considers treatment with acupuncture to be appropriate.
This list includes:
- Respiratory problems
- Gastro—intestinal problems
- Mouth problems
- Eye problems
- Neurological disorders
- Musculoskeletal disorders
Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)