TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) is an ancient but evident medical discipline that addresses pathological symptoms and signs as a part of treating holistically the person bringing back the body and the mind into its optimal state of self regulation and healing capacity. This system of medicine which is at least 23 centuries old, aims to prevent or address a disease by maintaining or restoring balance. China has one of the world’s oldest medical systems. Health acupuncture and Chinese herbal remedies date back at least 2,200 years, although the earliest known written record of Chinese medicine is the Huangdi neijing (The Yellow Emperor’s Inner Classic) from the 3rd century BCE.
Based on traditional Chinese medicine principles, the practice has advanced subtle diagnostic techniques that have been developed and refined for centuries. The focus is on the individual who present symptoms and signs of imbalance. Each patient is unique; two people with the same western diagnosis may well receive different acupuncture treatment, because the underlying causes of the disease may vary. Traditionally is believed that the deeper causes of illness and pain occur when the body’s energy is not optimised and flowing properly, due to emotional and physical stress, poor nutrition, infection or injury are among the most conditions.
Acupuncture is a complementary medical practice that involves stimulating specific points on the body, most often with a needle penetrating the skin, to alleviate pain or to help treat various health conditions. The method of inserting ultra-fine sterile needles into acupuncture points after a thorough diagnostic evaluation, aims to restore balance and trigger the body’s natural healing responses.
Acupuncture is based on the concept that the body has a sensitive energy network (Meridian system) which circulates energy (Qi) through it interconnecting body functions and organs in a harmonious manner. These meridians and energy flows are accessible through at least 350 acupuncture points in the body.
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Acupuncture is a form of treatment that involves inserting very thin needles through a person’s skin at specific points on the body, to various depths, using specific manipulation techniques. From a scientific perspective, acupuncture points are seen as places where greater biological responses have and some may be located near nerves, muscles, and connective tissue which trigger stimulation. The stimulation increases blood flow, while at the same time triggering the activity of the body’s natural painkillers.
Acupuncture address many health conditions but commonly is preferred for digestive, mental and emotional, cardiovascular, respiratory and asthma, gynaecological, addictions, chronic fatigue, tiredness, muscular/skeletal, back/neck pain and RSI, stress and insomnia, as well as health maintenance and prevention.
Dr John Tsagaris with over twenty years of clinical experience, has gained an established status in UK and internationally.
His ‘hands on’ approach to health and wellbeing is communicated within his treatments in a form of a dynamic meridian bodywork that facilitates diagnostic evaluation and a treatment initiative to be followed by specific acupuncture intervention, focusing on aetiology of identified health concerns during the initial consultation. This involves asking questions about current symptoms and medical history of the patient, as well as sleeping pattern, appetite, hormonal related topics, digestion and emotional wellbeing. It also an assessment of the pulse and tongue will take place. The pulse is a very significant diagnostic tool in Chinese medicine and differs from the western way of perceiving the heart rate. It identifies the state of each organ and function in the body and every aspect of health. The tongue diagnosis cross references the findings from the pulse elaborating on clinical evaluation and determines the treatment strategy. The bodywork when is incorporated in the treatment, diagnoses and treats issues with of body posture, tight muscles, structural imbalances and appropriate action and advice will be provided for specific concerns.
The treatment stimulates the body’s vital energy and being calm and relaxing in nature, yet dynamic in effect, the body begins to re-adjust itself and healing takes place. The treatment enhances self awareness and encourages body’s homeostatic balance.
As well as performing acupuncture, dr. John Tsagaris, may use other Chinese medicine techniques, which usually performed in combination according to the individual needs and diagnostic evaluation of the patient, such as:
- Tuina: meridian bodywork where the practitioner is using different bodywork acupressure techniques, stretching and other methods to prepare the body for acupuncture and bring it to a deep relaxation and loosed condition.
- Moxibustion: heat is applied to an acupuncture point or meridian using moxa (a therapeutic herb) and/or heat lamps to warm and relax muscles and energy. The technique is especially effective in the treatment of chronic problems, “deficient conditions”, weak constitutions or rehabilitation.
- Cupping: special cups are used on the skin, that creates a vacuum seal in order to stimulate blood flow and clear stagnant energy and stiff muscles.
- Guasha: vigorous rubbing of the skin increases blood flow and clears stagnant energy.
Frequently Asked Questions
Acupuncture is a safe practice with minimal discomfort if any while the needles are placed on the body or when bodywork is performed. Acupuncture has very few side effects and any that do occur are usually mild and self-correcting.
Dr john Tsagaris will advise the patient for any specific herbal or nutritional supplementation required, as well as discuss diet and life style chances that need to be addressed, taking into account the compatibility with current medication and activities of the patient. A treatment course is going to be suggested for ultimate results.
Harrods Wellness Clinic, London, UK
Lanserhof at The Arts Club, London, UK
Treatment duration: 1 hour
Single session price: £350
Course of four price: £1050
Course of four price: £1750
*loose comfortable clothing is required