Everything you need to know about acupuncture
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese health treatment that dates back many thousands of years.
It’s used to treat a wide range of health conditions including pain, stress, headaches, migraine, digestive health, fertility and for supporting IVF treatment and cancer recovery.
Each acupuncture treatment is unique to the patient receiving it. No two treatments are the same. This is because each of our body constitutions is entirely different.
Your practitioner will also look beyond physical symptoms and take your medical history, lifestyle and emotions into account.
During the treatment, fine needles are inserted into specific acupoints around the body. Sometimes your practitioner will use a smoldering herb called ‘moxa’ to warm these points.
The needles are used to release and rebalance the flow of Qi - the vital energy that flows around the body’s meridian pathways - which has become disrupted by illness or disease.
Your consultation may also involve a combination of other therapeutic remedies such as breathing techniques, meditation, healing sounds, the tuning fork, cupping, moxibustion and nutritional advice.
Is acupuncture safe?
Acupuncture is safe and evidence-based. Serious side effects are very rare - in fact, they happen in less than one per 10,000 treatments.
Conditions that can be treated with acupuncture
Acupuncture can provide an effective and long-term solution for a wide variety of conditions:
for fertility and pregnancy
Acupuncture has long been used to successfully and safely treat the causes of infertility and to help expectant mums carry to full term.
Causes of infertility vary. They include reproductive disorder, taking the contraceptive pill for long periods of time and high levels of emotional stress which causes oxidative stress and lowers your chances of getting pregnant.
Acupuncture acts as a mediator by releasing neurotransmitters (the chemicals that send messages from the brain) to prompt the hypothalamus (an area of the brain) to release reproductive hormones to the organs.
Acupuncture also stimulates blood and Qi flow to the uterus. This creates ATP (the primary molecule for storing and transferring energy in cells) production inside the cells and increases the chances of natural conception and makes embryo implantation easier.
In Chinese medicine, we go beyond physical symptoms and always look to balance your mind body and spirit.
Our treatments combine Bodytalk, acupuncture, lymphatic drainage, clinical massage and nutrition to optimise the mitochondrial health in your womb to help you get pregnant naturally.
If you have recurrent miscarriages
or IVF failure
We understand that this is extremely frustrating, and physically and emotionally stressful.
During your consultations, we will fully examine your medical history and current health conditions. As well as providing treatment, we’ll guide you to see the right specialist doctors who are experienced in this field.
We can help you to reduce pregnancy issues - including morning sickness, nausea, belching, digestive issues, mood swings - maintain a healthy, happy pregnancy and carry your baby full term.
For pain management, if your pain level is 7 out of 10 to 10 out of 10, this is considered a severe pain level.
Your symptoms might include limited movements - such as difficulty walking or lifting your arm - combined with a constant continuous burning pain which affects your rest and sleep.
If this is the case, please lower your expectation of the treatment outcome. One treatment will not be enough to get you back to normal. Getting rid of severe pain takes time.
Initially, you’ll need to come in every day - or every other day - for one to two weeks. We offer block payment, so you won't break the bank getting healthy.
You’ll then need to come back once a week to ensure complete recovery and freedom from pain.
You’ll also need to take pain-killing medication to allow you to rest and numb the pain before you come for treatment.
What to expect
at your first appointment
To enable a detailed diagnosis, your first consultation will take around an hour and a half. Follow-up treatments last an hour.
Before your treatment begins, your practitioner will take your pulse, examine the point of your symptoms and look at your tongue.
Some clients worry that acupuncture is painful but in fact, it rarely hurts.
You may experience a dull ache at the base of the inserted needle, or a slight tingling feeling when the needle is inserted. These feelings don’t often last long.
We usually recommend a course of treatment and will discuss this with you.
After the treatment
Potential side effects of acupuncture
must tell your practitioner
You should feel relaxed and calm at the end of your treatment or you may feel fully alert and energised.
A small number of patients feel drowsy so we recommend that you don’t drive home immediately afterward.
You need to be aware that:
A small number of patients feel drowsy after their treatment. If you’re affected you’re advised not to drive
Minor bleeding or bruising after treatment occurs in about 3% of treatments
Around 1% of patients experience pain during treatment
Existing symptoms can get worse after treatment (less than 3% of patients). You should tell your acupuncturist about this, but it is usually a good sign
Apart from the usual medical details, it’s important to tell your practitioner:
If you’ve ever fainted or experienced a fit or funny turn
If you have a pacemaker or any other electrical implants
If you have a bleeding disorder
If you’re taking anticoagulants or any other medication
If you have damaged heart valves or are at particular risk of infection
Meet your practitioner
Classical Chinese acupuncture, Ophthalmic acupuncture, Cosmetic facial acupuncture clinical massage, lymphatic drainage, Low-Level Laser - Photobiomodulation practitioner
Monica Wing-Yan Bailey is a fully insured, licensed acupuncturist and aromatherapist.
Her training began at home with her mother and grandmother teaching her herbal medicine, Gua Sha and the energetic power of food. With her strong interest in Chinese medicine, Monica retrained as an acupuncturist in her 30s.
Monica specialises in treating women's health, endometriosis, polycystic ovaries, fertility issues, IVF support, and hormonal disorders. She also treats general health issues such as chronic pain, digestive disorders, cancer recovery and mental health issues.
Her passion to help others comes from her own journey of long-term stress, illness caused by the overtime working culture while working as a fashion merchandiser in Hong Kong. That tipping point triggered her to pursue a more meaningful career.
BSc(Hons) Acupuncture - University of Greenwich
Member of Asia Pacific Aromatherapy
Member of British Acupuncture Council
Touch for Health Kinesiology
TCM post-graduate training
Nutrition for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome with Fiona McCulloch, Dr.Leah Hechtmanm Dr Felicity
Male Fertility with Dr. Olivia Pooje
Nutrition for Fertility with Dr. Carrie Jones
Nutrition for Endometriosis with Dr. Leah Hechtman, Dr Felicity
Acupuncture for endometriosis
Tung’s Acupuncture for fertility
Nutrition for Fertility
Classical acupuncture, aromatherapy and intensive training for reproductive medicine and nutrition with Taoist master Jeffrey C. Yuen
If you’d like Monica to help you, please get in touch for your FREE consultation.
“I was a bit skeptical about acupuncture at first until a friend recommended Monica. She has helped immensely with my sinus problems and also helped with other things as well. She is extremely intuitive and picked up on things I hadn't paid much attention to, but that were causing me issues.”