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Understanding Acupuncture

The body loves to be healthy and in balance – it craves homeostasis.  Acupuncture works with this concept, and supports the natural rhythms of the body to rebuild health and vitality.  

To understand this a little better, think of your energy as flowing through pathways that feed every cell of your body.  When that flow becomes blocked or impeded, our energy stagnates, and we can begin to feel sluggish, and even depressed.  

Our work then as Five Element acupuncturists is to find out why the blocks are happening, where the blocks are occurring, and then with needles, clear them, so your energy flows unobstructed.  The result is increased energy, clarity of mind, lightness of spirit, and simply just feeling better all around. 

The practice of acupuncture involves the insertion of fine, sterilised, disposable

needles into specific points on the body. These points lie on energy channels,

known as merdians, that connect to the body’s main organs. In Chinese medicine, the organs and meridians are related to physical as well as mental and emotional functions. The results can include deep relaxation, pain relief, and healing.   Acupuncture has been found extremely useful for people who have either not responded to conventional forms of treatment or wish to augment Western medicine.​

Acupuncture can be beneficial for a wide range of illnesses, from very clearly defined complaints to more general feelings of ill health and low energy. Take a look at the British Acupuncture Council’s Research fact sheets to find out more about the available research into the efficacy of acupuncture with specific complaints.

Acupuncture and Fertility


Acupuncture is a system of medicine that supports the healthy movement of energy through the entire system. For people trying to conceive it can be very beneficial.   


Why is it beneficial? Because treatment is about nourishing the natural flow of energy, so that you, as the patient, can be as physically, mentally and emotionally healthy as possible. Balanced energy flow can help with the body’s natural rhythms and cycles, regulating menstruation, sleep cycles, eating cycles and bowel movements.   


In Chinese medicine, it is believed that a healthy system will also support a healthy pregnancy. This does not mean that acupuncture can get you pregnant, but it does mean that acupuncture can help you achieve a more balanced flow of energy through your system, all of which is effective support for getting pregnant.

As an acupuncturist, Aaron's modus operandi is to addresses the root cause of illness while supporting the natural healing power of the body. This means that his focus is to balance and nourish the flow of energy so that the body’s innate healing system can be as strong and vital as it needs to be to take on the healing work itself.  Individual symptoms are seen as alarm bells and sign posts pointing us to the deeper ailment that needs attention.  Aaron's focus is therefore on your entire health, from the physical to the mental to the emotional.

By treating the core imbalance and not just the associated symptoms, we have seen time and time again that health and wellness can be restored.  As people today have become more informed and active in addressing ways to support their own health and wellbeing, acupuncture has become an increasingly sought-after form of treatment.  People appreciate that it works to support the natural cycles of their body without the potential side effects so often experienced with Western medicine today.

Woman receives Five Element acupuncture from Aaron Deemer at the Source Clinic in Oxford
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