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Extended Opening Hours

Due to the success of her East Linton Clinic, Julia will now be offering appointments on Wednesdays in addition to Thursdays. please phone or email Julia if you would like to arrange a consultation.

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Acupuncture Awareness Week

Acupuncture Comes to East Linton.

Acupuncture Awareness Week 27th February – 4th March 2012

 Julia Edmonds is an Acupuncturist who has worked in Edinburgh for the last 14 years. Julia is pleased to announce that she will be opening a practice from East Linton in March and goes on to tell us that her clinic has opened just in time for Acupuncture Awareness week. Have you ever wondered about having acupuncture but have been concerned about needles? Well you are not alone, research out today has revealed that over 21% of the British public think an acupuncturist’s needle is as large as that used in an injection, proving that despite the ancient Chinese medicine’s rising popularity and hundreds of years of practice, there are still a host of common misconceptions surrounding the treatment.

Julia Edmonds, local acupuncturist and member of the British Acupuncture Council, comments on the research: “2.3 million acupuncture treatments are carried out each year by traditional acupuncturists and this figure is rising, yet this research shows myths surrounding the therapy still remain strong.  The first myth to dispel about acupuncture is the size of needle used in treatment. Needles are much smaller than you may think; they are in fact the same width as a human hair and some are just 0.13mm in length”. The research, in which 3,000 UK men and women were questioned, also found that over a quarter of people (26%) think an acupuncture needle is similar in size to a sewing needle.

Julia goes on to stress not only are the needles used very fine but also acupuncture is very safe and an Acupuncturist who is a Member of the British Acupuncture Council must have first-degree level qualifications and adhere to codes of safe practice and professional conduct in order to be registered and insured by the British Acupuncture Council. The Council guarantees excellence in training, safe practice and professional conduct so patients are advised to look for a practitioner who has British Acupuncture Council membership.

Other Popular Misconceptions about Acupuncture

  • Three quarters had no idea that children and pregnant women can safely be treated with the therapy
  • According to two studies published in the British Medical Journal (2001) the risk of serious adverse reaction to acupuncture is less than 1 in 10,000. This is far less than many orthodox medical treatments.
  • 26% of people surveyed say they are put off having acupuncture as they think it will be painful.  However most people who go on to have acupuncture find acupuncture to be very relaxing and not painful. Patients often describe the needle sensation as a tingling or dull ache.
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Autumn 2011

Our own health and energy is influenced by many factors.  For example what we inherit from our parents, where we live, what we eat and our environment. Some things we are more in control of than others, some things we can change and some things we cannot.  Our inherent place in the universe is a given. For now we are here, on this planet getting on with our lives taking the ups and downs that come our way. In Chinese medicine there is a recognition and deep understanding of our interconnectedness with all things in our universe.  We cannot alter the fact that we wax and wane with the seasons as do all sentient beings, but here in the west we are hell bent on pretending that some how we are above it all, the cycle of life.

Take a moment to consider this time of year, coming into autumn.  How are you in Autumn, is it a favorite month or one that leaves you feeling down and a little depressed.  Do you get ill in autumn, coughs, colds, flu, fatigue?  Our health is affected by the change in movement of qi at this time.  In the summer our energy is upward and growing before it reaches a plateau of late summer when we can reap our harvest and enjoy the fruits of our labour.  If you are a vegetable gardener, you will have been picking the veg and digging up your potatoes.  Autumn is the time of return.  All things go back into the earth, the sap ceases to rise and the nights draw in.  This has a profound affect on how we feel.  

In autumn our energy moves in accordance to the season, it becomes more downward and inward in direction. You may find that you need more sleep, are more inclined to stay indoors and are generally more reflective.  It is a very poignant time of year, the colours can be inspirational.  How do you maintain good health at this time?  Don't fight the natural order of things, eat well and rest well, try to get out and enjoy the change in colours of the leaves.  Observe what is happening to the world around you.  It may be windy as the season changes, in Chinese medicine the wind can leave us vulnerable to acute disease or ill health, for example more vulnerable to cold, flu and aches and pains. If you are a sports person pay particular attention to warming up and cooling down before exercise, stretches and breathing techniques will be good.

Autumn is a good time to meditate and reflect.  You could learn to meditate, take up Qigong or Tai Qi.  Join an art class, reading group just simply take your time.  This is not the party season, that time was the summer, so embrace a more reflective you.  Don't try to push your way through the season, slow up a bit and enjoy the smells and the colour changes around you.

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Client Testimonials

I personally will always attribute Julia's treatment to be the predominant factor in my extended period of remission from Crohn's disease. Julia is both a trusted friend and therapist and I would highly recommend her to anyone seeking an alternative therapy.

Haley Creasey

My aches and pains in ankles, knees, hips and lower back disappear and my energy levels are given a very good boost too! It is 45 minutes or so of relaxation in a busy schedule. She keeps up to date with modern acupuncture techniques and has recently returned from a trip to China to experience these new techniques first hand. I cannot recommend Julia highly enough

Christopher Spencer

I consider myself very fortunate to have found Julia's Acupuncture Practice 2 years ago, when I decided to try acupuncture for back problems. After a few treatments the problems were solved. Since I have every confidence in Julia's ability, each treatment is a very relaxing and worthwhile experience.

Jean Osborne

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