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Our resident acupuncturist, Jadwiga Palmer LicAc MBAcC, is a fully qualified practitioner who, after a long and successful career as a midwife, trained for three years at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine, graduating in 2000.

Jadwiga is a member of the British Acupuncture Council, the UK’s largest regulatory body for practitioners of Traditional Acupuncture, and as such adheres to the organisation’s strict codes of practice, ensuring client safety and confidentiality at all times.

She first became interested in acupuncture having experienced the benefits of treatment for women during and after pregnancy, and she has a specialist interest in acupuncture for fertility and pregnancy conditions.

Beyond that, Jadwiga uses acupuncture and other supporting treatments to offer pain relief and improve general well-being for patients of all ages, suffering from a variety of conditions.

First visit. Initial appointments with Jadwiga take about 90 minutes during she takes a full medical history, including pulse readings and a careful examination of your tongue! All this acts as vital evidence to aid diagnosis and helps determine the right course of treatment. Needles are then inserted into the appropriate points for about 20 minutes.

Further visits. Follow-up treatments take 45 minutes. The number of treatments needed depends on each individual’s response but several sessions are usually necessary.

Unsure? Jadwiga is happy to give a free 15-minute consultation to anyone who wants to learn more about acupuncture before committing to treatment.

Jadwiga says: ‘Acupuncture is an ancient form of healing which originated in China over 2000 years ago. It is based on the philosophy that there is a life force called Qi (Chi) energy that flows within the body, creating harmony. Most disorders are caused by disruption to this flow which can be corrected by insertion of fine, sterile, disposable needles at key points, enabling the body’s own healing response to be stimulated. The body is divided into 12 Meridians (energy lines) which connect to the internal organs. Acupuncture points on these Meridians can be used in different combinations to help treat specific symptoms.’

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