- About Acupuncture
Acupuncture originated in China and other far eastern
cultures more than 2,000 years ago. It has a very
positive model of good health and function, and looks at
pain and illness as signs that the body is out of balance.
Acupuncture treatment aims to restore your body's
equilibrium and involves the insertion of very fine
needles into specific points on the body to regulate the
flow of 'qi', your body's vital energy. When the flow of qi
is disturbed, blocked or depleted, symptoms of pain,
illness or disease can result.
people unwell in Chinese Medicine are:
e.g. stress, anxiety, fear and grief
e.g. cold, heat and damp
- Injury or trauma, infections and poisons
- Poor diet
- Hereditary factors
Traditional Acupuncture focuses on the individual, not
their illness, and all symptoms are viewed in relation to
each other. Acupuncture can therefore be an effective
therapy to help restore balance and promote physical
and emotional harmony.
- The benefits of acupuncture
Treatment is aimed at the root cause of
your condition as well as your main
symptoms. This approach helps with
resolving your main problem but also
enhancing your feeling of wellbeing. You
may notice other niggling problems resolve
as your main health complaint improves.
- Is it safe?
Yes. The results of two studies conducted
in 2001 found that the risk of serious
adverse reaction to acupuncture is less
than 1 in 10,000.
- What does it feel like?
Acupuncture needles are incredibly fine -
as fine as human hair. The sensation is
nothing like having an injection, it is a
unique feeling often described as a tingling
sensation or dull ache. Most people find
acupuncture treatment very relaxing.
- How many treatments?
Treatment is tailored to each individual,
therefore frequency and number of
sessions depends on your individual
condition. This will be discussed with you
at your consultation.
- About Charlotte
Charlotte trained at the College of Integrated Chinese
Medicine and holds a First Class BSc (Hons) degree
in Acupuncture awarded by Kingston University. She
is a fully insured member of the British Acupuncture
Council, the UK's largest professional, self-regulatory
body for the practice of Traditional Acupuncture.
Charlotte has undertaken postgraduate training in
acupuncture for gynaecology and fertility, PCOS and
endometriosis, understanding IVF and miscarriage,
understanding male and female infertility, using
acupuncture in pregnancy, labour and postpartum,
obstetric complications in pregnancy and cosmetic
BSc Hons, LicAc, MBAcC
& Women's Health
Owner of The Fertility Kitchen.
Charlotte is a founder
member of the Acupuncture
for Conception to Childbirth
Team (ACT) Berkshire.
This is a professional group of qualified Traditional
Acupuncturists who offer specialist treatment for
conception through to childbirth, as well as
postnatal support. Members are required to have
undertaken postgraduate training in obstetric
(pregnancy) and fertility care and to attend regular
meetings to develop best practice, explore the
research base and provide peer support.
Charlotte is a member of a voluntary register
that has been accredited by the Professional
Standards Authority. The AVR is a government
scheme set up to improve standards and safety
for the benefit of the public. Accreditation
demonstrates commitment to high professional
standards, to enhancing safety and delivering a