Five Element Acupuncture
I practice the ‘Five Element’ (5E) style of acupuncture, the most ancient form developed in China around 2000 years ago. It is an alternate branch of acupuncture to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) which developed in the 1950’s under Mao.
Five Element differs from TCM through diagnosis and needling technique. The most major difference is that 5E acupuncturists are trained to identify blocks between certain meridians or a block between the mind and body. Five Element uses the law of nature to treat the individual . We identify where the system is weakest using points specific to treat the causative factor. Once we strengthen the distressed ‘element’ theoretically it stops stealing energy from the rest of the system and returns it to a more efficient function. (Read more here.)
TCM works by diagnosing patterns that have accumulated in the body that are causing symptoms. Common types are heat, cold and damp.
Clearing Major Blocks
The major blocks between meridians are outlined below. They are referred to as ‘Exit/Entry’ blocks. A block means the energy isn’t flowing between organs and can have an effect on the system. For example one of these blocks is between the large intestine and stomach: causing various symptoms, from a head cold or sinus, to nausea or IBS. We diagnose these not by symptoms but by taking the pulses and feeling where the energy is stuck. (Read more here).
The other category of blocks are between the mind and body and these can be a transformative aid to recovery.
Interested in Treatment?
Acupuncture never ceases to amaze me by what it can address. Here is a list available on the site under ‘What’s the research?‘
I have experienced specific success with anxiety/depression, headaches, insomnia and women’s health including fertility. I love treating sports medicine cases and providing marathon support.
I look at the holistic picture, beyond just Chinese medicine, including research and resources ( link to Further Resources) and rooting out the cause of imbalance.
My availability is at the Sunflower Centre, Brockley on Mondays 3.45pm to 900pm and The Berkeley Clinic, Marylebone on a flexible basis. Please get in touch.
I am happy to have a chat with you prior to booking to discuss your case.
Anxiety and Binge Eating
I came to Cara looking for help regarding my impulsive eating and anxiety. I had been on SSRI's for a long time in the hope of controlling the impulsive craving issues . From the outset Cara explained how the sessions should help me and we both worked together to achieve my current outcome : freedom from my binge eating , the associated guilt as well as a much more controlled impulses. We managed this in less than 6 sessions I am so happy to have found Cara and now I visit her just for seasonal treatments, to keep myself in balance. I would recommend her to anyone looking for an alternative way to harmonise the body with the mind.
Alongside severe endometriosis ( story in Women's Reproductive health resources) I suffer from both extreme migraines and terrible bouts of insomnia, which can sometimes mean that I have a maximum of 3 1/2 hours sleep a night for a week (or longer) at a time. I have difficulty getting to sleep and, if I wake up, find it hard to return to a restful sleep. This can of have a detrimental effect upon the rest of my life (including exacerbating migraine symptoms). Cara has addressed these through treatment. Afterwards, I feel much more relaxed and am able to sleep for at least 6 hours on the following nights, which is wonderful! I believe Cara to be an excellent practitioner and I have learnt about how Five Element theory is applied - I am now more aware of how my body works. I am so glad that I made the decision to see her for treatment, it has been a wonderful experience and I will continue to visit Cara to help me manage my symptoms.
I am an avid lawn bowler and over the last few years have sustained a few niggles. I first saw Cara for an ankle injury and it cleared very quickly and I resumed play. I was impressed. This season I had some trouble with my knee and Cara was able to reduce swelling and I regained mobility with another swift recovery. Acupuncture has been a simple solution for me to problems that can take a long time to resolve on their own.
I cannot recommend Cara highly enough! I suffer from PCOS and hadn’t had my period for two years. Doctors told me there was nothing they could do without medication. Two weeks after my first appointment with Cara and they were back and I was feeling healthier again. A total revelation! I had heard good reports about acupuncture but nothing prepared me for this result. I have also found it to be excellent at relieving stress and insomnia. Cara puts you at ease immediately. She is totally professional and clearly very talented. I feel brighter and more relaxed after every appointment.
I was introduced to Cara by a friend and first visited for a muscular problem with my thigh. Originally being a little sceptical of acupuncture, I was amazed by the tangible and immediate effects. She’s also excellent fun and makes you immediately comfortable with the whole process.
Improved Levels of Energy
I started acupuncture treatment about three years, after suffering from insomnia for about 6 years. I have always been reluctant to mask the problem with heavy sleeping tablets, and from my first appointment with Cara I really felt she understood I was looking for a long- term solution, not a quick fix. I first noticed improvements to my energy levels, feeling rested and awake rather than jet lagged and groggy, shortly followed by a regulated sleep pattern. I started with treatments every other week and now I see Cara two to three times a year. She has not only relieved my insomnia but helped my stress levels, treated chest infections and improved my overall well being. I couldn’t recommend her more highly.