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Acupuncture Cambridge


Acupuncture Testimonial:

"I don't care who knows it!  Acupuncture has been like a miracle for me, in one treatment the pain in my knee has completely gone, I can sleep again! I'll sing it from the rafters to anyone to who wants to hear it!"  L Ashley, Cambridge, with acupuncturist Leah Claydon


Leah Claydon, BSc (Hons) LicAc MBAcC (reg: 960177), trained at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine and is also a well known Podiatrist.  She combines 31 years of Western Medicine knowledge with her training in Traditional Chinese and Five Element Acupuncture. She likes to combine her Western and Chinese medicine to get the best outcomes.



Initial appointments are 1 and half hours, allowing an in-depth medical history to be taken (including structural diagnosis if necessary) as well as your first treatment. Follow-up treatments are 45-55 minutes.  



Using the integrated and holistic view of disease/pain/disharmony with Chinese medicine, allows not only symptom relief, but a structured and methodical approach for addressing the underlying root cause to create longterm change.


Follow the link below under "what else can acupuncture help with?" for information on conditions that acupuncture can benefit.


As part of acupuncture treatment Leah may include: Ear Acupuncture, Tui Na, Cupping, Gua Sha, Electro stimulation and Moxibustion when relevant to the condition being treated.




Leah particularly enjoys Five Element Acupuncture which really helps emotion related problems such as stress, insomnia, PTSD and anxiety.  Leah has helped many patients going through and recovering from cancer treatment.


Western Medicine tends to see the human condition as a set of symptoms related to an organ which can then be operated on, removed or treated with drugs. It views body as constituent parts like - the heart as a pump, kidneys as a purification plant, the liver as a washing machine, the lungs like bellows - whereas acupuncture views the human more like an ecosystem or garden that needs the right balance of nutrients, fluids and temperature to flourish.  Acupuncturists aim to restore harmony within the 'garden' so that the body can repair itself.


Of course, acupuncture cannot help with all conditions and we will recommend you see your GP if we believe that is best course of action.







What is Acupuncture?

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Acupuncture seeks to correct disorders in the body by stimulation of specific points through the use of needles and sometimes pressure.  These points exist on channels, or meridians. Traditional Chinese medical theory discusses the interconnectedness in terms of energy (Qi in Chinese) and its circluation through the channels and believes illness arises from imbalances in the circulation of Qi.  Stimulation of acupuncture points is used to restore balance and harmony to the system.


Click here to see a synopsis the World Health Organisation's report on the effectiveness of acupuncture published in 2003.


What else can Acupuncture help with? - click this link to the BAcC site to download factsheets on many different conditions.


What Happens During an Acupuncture Session?


Your pratitioner will ask you lots of questions about your general health and wellbeing and not just about the symptom that brought you along; they will also take your pulses on both wrists and look at the health status of your tongue.


A few fine needles will be inserted as painlessly as possible and are either left in for between 20 and 30 minutes whilst the client rests or are placed in a point and immediately removed. You normally have between 6 - 12 needles.


Acupuncture is usually a relaxing experience and leaves us feeling calmer and more energised. 


Our practitioners also use other traditional techniques such as:


Tui Na massage - A gentle massage technique which is often done over clothing.

Cupping - Glass or plastic cups are used to create suction on the skin to stimulate healing,

sometimes we slide the cups up and down the body giving a massaging effect or sometimes they are left over a particular area.

Gua Sha - A gentle scraping of an area to stimulate healing.



Frequently Asked Questions:


Does acupuncture hurt?

Not usually, some areas of the body more sensitive than others eg around wrists and in the feet but mostly patients don't feel the needles very much.

I heard Gua Sha and Cupping leaves marks, is this true?

Yes, it can leave marks similar to 'hickies' on the skin caused by blood being drawn to the surface, these fade like bruises and are painless.  If you are worried talk to your practitioner.

Is acupuncture safe?

Yes it is safe, all the needles are sterile, single use and disposed of safely.  All our staff are trained to uphold the rigorous standards set by their regulatory body.

Can children have acupuncture?

Yes children can have acupuncture but all minors under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Can I have acupuncture and still donate blood?

Unfortunately only acupuncture given within an NHS setting allows you to continue donating blood, though this is under review.

Why do you look at the tongue?

The tongue reflects the health of your body on the inside and any changes in shape, colour or coating give us information about your health and if the treatment is helping.

Why do you take the pulses all the time?

The pulses are taken on 6 positions and - we feel the character, strength and quality of the pulses and compare the two sides of the body. It provides us with information on what is out of balance and feeds us information on how a treatment is going.

What is Five Element Acupuncture?

Ancient Chinese Philosophy recognises Five Elements of cyclical change: Fire, Earth, Metal, Water and Wood. It believes that all five elements should be in balance to maintain health. The elements are what make us individual and are the creative energies concerned with the mind, body and spirit. Five element acupuncture aims to identify your imbalances within the elements and re-harmonise them so the body is able to heal itself.


All our practitioners are registered and insured by the

British Acupuncture Council  (BAcC) 


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Fertility and Assisted Conception Support


Couples can be seen together at the initial appointment wherever possible so that they both meet her, understand the support available to maximise fertility and agree on a plan of treatment.

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Traditional Acupuncture addresses both the physical and emotional aspects.


Acupuncture helps with the emotions, promoting positivity and confidence as clients know they are getting their bodies and minds in the best shape possible before conception.



Acupuncture for fertility is carried out in conjunction with Western Medicine and the research results to date are promising. 


Research has been carried out into the effects of Acupuncture in the following areas:


•             Regulating the menstrual cycle

•             Reducing Stress

•             Increasing the blood supply to pelvic organs, thickening of endometrium

•             Triggering Ovulation

•             Helping PCOS, Endometriosis, Dysmenhorroea and Pelvic Inflammation

•             Improving Sperm count, motility and abnormalities in form


Click here for more information on Fertility treatment on the British Acupuncture Council's website.


Clients can feel their IVF appointments can be clinical and too quick, often with little time to discuss their fears or doubts  - the hour long sessions at betterNOW! provide the opportunity for this type of offloading and caring support.   Clients very much appreciate that their Acupuncturist offers them long-term, confidential support throughout pregnancy and for post-natal recovery. 


For more information our to book an appointment with our acupuncturist today, contact betterNOW! 





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