Acupuncture is the insertion of fine needles into different parts of the body in order to stimulate and regulate the bodies own wisdom and self healing ability.
In Classical Chinese Medicine, acupuncture is just one tool that we use to create change. Other tools we use include cupping, gua sha, (scraping) moxibustion (heat) and bleeding.
Other techniques we use are dietary and lifestyle advice to support and strengthen the effect of any treatment given or change those contributing factors that helped create the problem in the first place. Also in this category are Qi gong exercises, meditations and visualisations.
Over the last 15 years I have seen thousands of people with hundreds of types of problems and conditions.
Most commonly people seek treatment for pain and discomfort. Typically a lot of musculoskeletal issues such as back pain, sciatica, neck pain, tennis elbow, knee pain, arthritis, and injuries.
People also present for acupuncture with systemic problems such as digestive problems, headaches, hay fever and allergies, common colds, sinusitis, ENT problems, recovery from illness, poor energy, tiredness, low immunity, menopausal problems, problems with the menstrual cycle, stress and anxiety, or sleep problems.
Acupuncture works consistently well for both of these type of problems, and if the problem is of a recent onset, it can also work quite quickly. If the problem is more entrenched, then often more time will be required to make a change.
In Classical Chinese Medicine there is no separation between the mind and the body, so people also seek treatment for all kinds of emotional issues. Long term stress, anxiety, panic attacks, OCD, overthinking, depression, fears, phobias and PTSD. These can all be understood and treated using acupuncture and its ancillary techniques.
The third area people seek treatment for are chronic degenerative diseases. These are problems that people have lived with for a number of years and are looking to manage symptoms and improve their capacity for living well. These include things such as arthritis, MS, ME, auto immune problems, chronic pain, living with cancer, Parkinson’s, long standing fertility or menstrual issues, and chronic gut issues.
Classical acupuncture is able to not only manage symptoms but build resources and maintain latency. Here the idea is to keep the pathology quiet or latent so the bodies resources can be strengthened reducing the severity of the symptoms and increasing the capacity to live well. Depending on the severity and type of the problem it may be possible to greatly improve the situation, or just manage and maintain the problem.
In truth the role of myself as an acupuncturist is to help facilitate change. Often when people come for treatment there is the expectation that I am there to fix the problem and make it go away. Often that is what happens, especially with problems of a recent onset. A few treatments and a few changes to dietary or lifestyle advice are all that are required to restore order.
But when people present with emotional problems or chronic systemic disorders the pathological process is much deeper and has taken much more time to manifest, so the process for resolution can also be much more complex. Here my job is to understand why the problem has arisen, communicate to you why this has happened and then facilitate change within the body mind through appropriate acupuncture treatments and life style advice.
Once the understanding of why an illness is there, according to the wisdom of Chinese medicine, then we can understand how to change it. There is a saying in CCM that “all diseases are rooted in the spirit.” This means that often the causes of illness are the inability to accept or let go of the emotions, trauma and wounds we have accumulated during our life time. Sometimes our inability to accept, process or let go of these emotions triggers a disease process. Even if this is not the case, often our emotional states are intimately linked with our illnesses and so if we change how we feel about ourselves we change our relationship with the dis-ease. This change occurs in the heart mind and is where true healing resides.
The purpose of acupuncture is to help facilitate this change and realisation in the body and mind and move us to a state of wholeness or completion.
Classical Chinese Medicine is applied philosophy, and our destiny can often be intertwined with illness. In this model, illness can provide an opportunity for growth, change and evolution if that is what is required. My job is simply to create space for healing to occur in whatever form that takes.
“I recommend Jeremy without hesitation. He is kind, caring, compasionate and skillful. He is treating me for violent, sporadic face pain that I have been having for about 10 years. The pains stopped after my first treatment and I have had no occurences since my second. I have been pain free for three months which has not happened for some time. He is very professional practicioner. He is conscientious in his coronavirus precautions.”
“After 6 months the continual pain in my leg and spending hundreds of pounds on physiotherapy, compression stockings, creams etc. I went to see Jeremy. After just 2 sessions a week apart I am pain free. Make Jeremy your first point of call.”
“Acupuncture with Jeremy is much more than just having needles put in place. His level of knowledge, wisdom and compassion is outstanding and he is a true healer who works on the mind, body and spirit.
What an inspiration to find somebody who is living his life true passion and is dedicated to helping others.”
F, Burgess Hill
“I had tried every available treatment and diet over a two year period for a severe digestive issue. My symptoms were affecting my ability to function in every day life, making me unhappy and anxious. I really couldn’t understand how after just one appointment with Jeremy Marshall my symptoms improved drastically. After three further sessions I am completely back to normal.
His vast knowledge and quietly confident manner made it easy for me to trust his diagnosis and subsequent treatment.
I can’t thank him enough for helping me so much when all else had failed.”
C W. Hassocks
Acupuncture for insomnia
“I contacted Jeremy due to a longstanding sleep problem. I have been inspired by his quiet confidence, skill and dedication towards helping me through his vast knowledge and experience of acupuncture. How grateful I am for his patience and encouragement. I would recommend Jeremy without hesitation.”