Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine

acupuncture in waterloo

Acupuncture and physical wellbeing 

Laura and Rahul are the acupuncturists at our Waterloo centre. In addition to acupuncture Laura practices Tui Na Chinese medical massage and has taught one to one and group Tai chi classes for over twenty years.  Rahul is a highly experienced acupuncture practitioner and also specialises in Chinese herbal medicine.

Chinese herbal medicine consultations online with Rahul 

To book an online herbal consultation with Rahul, call 07789 204 937 

Treatment with Chinese Herbal Medicine involves the use of a combination of herbs designed to correct the particular disharmony of the individual. As the patient’s condition progresses, the balance and combination of the herbs can be modified.

The herbal prescription may be administered in the form of capsules, concentrated herbal powder, pills, teas, tinctures, or external ointments, according to the circumstances and the pathology of the patient. The herbal formula may include leaves, flowers, roots, stems, barks and seeds of plants.

Chinese herbal medicine is particularly recommended in cases of both male and female infertility, dermatology, gynaecology, respiratory, digestive and autoimmune conditions. Insomnia, depression and anxiety can also be treated.

Frequency and duration of treatment 

If herbal medicine is prescribed, treatment will need to be reviewed at intervals and adjusted as appropriate. Follow-up consultations will usually take place every 2-4 weeks. The length of the treatment will vary greatly depending on the condition and the individual. Anything between one and six months would be common.

Are Chinese herbs safe?

Chinese herbs are very safe when prescribed correctly by a properly trained practitioner. Allergic-type reactions are rare and will cause no lasting damage if treatment is stopped as soon as symptoms appear. Members of the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine  abide by UK laws which have banned the use of certain toxic herbal ingredients, and they use only approved herbal suppliers which adhere to strict quality control procedures. The practitioner carefully monitors each patient to ensure there are no unusual reactions to treatment. It is important to inform the practitioner of any drug treatment that you may be receiving in order to ensure that there is no incompatability between the drugs and any ingredients in the herbal formula.

Endangered species and animal products

UK laws have banned the use of endangered plant species in Chinese Medicine and the use of all animal and mineral products.

Acupuncture and Tui Na massage

Our patients come for acupuncture, tui na massage, Chinese medicine and movement therapy for many different reasons.  Many people find these treatments a powerful compliment to western medicine and a vital component of their wellbeing programs.  The idea behind these treatments is improve harmony within the body and mind as a way to prevent minor ailments becoming major ones, to speed up the healing process and also to keep people in good working order. In Chinese medicine emphasis is placed on prevention before cure.

In addition to preventative self-care treatments our patients also come for a multitude of bodywork treatments including:

  • Lower back pain
  • Sciatica
  • Neck and shoulder tension
  • IBS
  • Constipation
  • Dizziness
  • To improve mobility
  • To manage pain
  • Headaches
  • Temperature fluctuations
  • Fertility

Some of our patients also find it useful to use acupuncture in conjunction with our talking therapies.  For example people feeling stressed, anxious, going through bereavement, making major life decisions, overcoming addictions , handling competing demands at home and work find that a combination of talking and physical therapies works for them.  Feeling listened to, being attended to, receiving treatment from a kind hearted and experienced practitioner  and in a relaxing setting is all part of the healing process.

Our Waterloo acupuncture therapy business is on the top floor of the Colombo centre, 34 Colombo street SE18DP. We have four beautiful treatment rooms each with views of the local park.

To make a booking

To find out more and to book either Rahul or Laura please click on their bios and then either contact them via the online consultation form or give them a call.  Prices vary between therapists and treatments.

Laura is at the Waterloo centre on Tuesdays and Fridays and also at our Covent Garden centre on Mondays and Wednesdays . 

Rahul is at the Waterloo on Wednesdays.