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The Plane Tree Mind & Body Therapies
in Bethnal Green East London

Medical Acupuncture

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Medical Acupuncture, sometimes know as Western Acupuncture or Dry Needling, is provided at The Plane Tree by John Mallinder and Hannah Balderson, not as a stand alone therapy, but as one element of the treatment.

Medical Acupuncture is a therapeutic modality involving the insertion of fine needles; it is an adaptation of Chinese acupuncture using current knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology, and the principles of evidence-based medicine. While Western medical acupuncture has evolved from Chinese acupuncture, its practitioners no longer adhere to concepts such as Yin/Yang and circulation of qi, and regard acupuncture as part of conventional medicine rather than a complete “alternative medical system”. Training for Medical Acupuncture is significantly shorter than for Chinese Medicine Acupuncture, as the scope of conditions treated is more limited, and generally confined to the muculo-skeletal issues that an osteopath or physiotherapist would treat.

There is growing scientific research to show the effects of acupuncture on the body. Firstly a release of natural hormones and chemicals block pain signals in the injured area. Acupuncture also helps stimulate local blood supply, as well as having a positive effect on muscular trigger points. Acupuncture is recommended by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) for low back pain. For further information on John and Hannah please see the @14 page.






Experienced Complementary Therapists at Bethnal Green East London E2. Offering osteopathy, cranial osteopathy, acupuncture, a range of massage therapies, homeopathy, counselling and psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, reflexology, metamorphic technique. Covering Hackney E8/E9, Bow E3, Mile End E3, London Fields E8, Stratford E5, Stepney E1, Shoreditch E1, Spitalfields, Docklands, Victoria Park E9, and the City of London.


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