Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine – Kerry Wratten

‘Acupuncture, from migraines to ankle sprains and everything in between!’

Contact Kerry Wratten, the Centre’s fully qualified Acupuncturist on 07712 481231 or
01460 250817

Brief explanation of acupuncture

Acupuncture is an holistic approach to the management of disease as well as the maintenance of health. The skill of an acupuncturist lies in their ability to make a traditional diagnosis from what is often a complex pattern of disharmony. The exact pattern and degree of disharmony is unique to each individual and with traditional acupuncture it will be treated as such with a personalised treatment plan.

Although often described as a means of pain relief, it is in fact used to treat people with a wide range of illnesses. Its focus is on treating the root of the problem and improving the overall well being of the patient, rather than the isolated treatment of specific symptoms. According to traditional Chinese philosophy, our health is dependent on the body’s motivating energy – known as Qi – moving in a smooth and balanced way through a series of meridians (channels) beneath the skin.

By inserting fine needles into the channels of energy, an acupuncturist can stimulate the body’s own healing response and help restore its natural balance. The flow of Qi can be disturbed by a number of factors. These include emotional states such as anxiety, stress, anger, fear or grief, poor nutrition, weather conditions, hereditary factors, infections, poisons and trauma. The principal aim of acupuncture in treating the whole person is to recover the equilibrium between the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of the individual.

What the client can expect at the appointment

The first appointment will be double length and involves the taking of an in-depth case history, followed by a treatment.

What happens in a session

At the start of the session you will be asked how you have been since you were last seen and the practitioner will find out in detail what changes have taken place since then.  Your pulse will be taken and your tongue examined – as this is an important diagnostic tool.  You will lie down or sit up while needles are put in place for about 20 minutes. Practitioners may also use moxa (a heating herb) or cupping (the placing of cups over certain points, creating suction).

How many sessions should the client need before they see a result

The number of sessions required largely depends on the severity of the problem, but a practitioner usually starts by seeing you for 6 weekly sessions then stretches the frequency to fortnightly, monthly and so on as you improve.  You should have indications of a response within the first 6 treatments – for some that may be sufficient.

Who would benefit from this type of therapy

As acupuncture treats the person as a whole, many people who have treatment report “beneficial side effects” – their other symptoms and general health start to improve.  So it is suitable for almost everybody.

If you would like to have a chat to Kerry about acupuncture and whether it might be helpful to you, please call 01460 250817 or 07712 481231 or email

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Kerry Wratten (BSc Hons LicAc MBAcC) is a fully qualified and experienced acupuncturist and a member of the British Acupuncture Council, for more information go to