Dee's Blog



2nd - 8th March 2015


This week is Acupuncture Awareness Week so it’s a great opportunity to highlight the benefits of this ancient and versatile therapy. Here at Napiers Clinic we have two highly experienced and trained Acupuncture practitioners – Xing Hui-Liang and Quintus Farrell .

Quintus Farrell says: “Traditional acupuncture works to maintain the body’s equilibrium by focusing on all aspects of wellbeing, whether it be physical, mental or emotional. According to traditional Chinese philosophy, our health is dependent on the body’s motivating energy moving in a smooth and balanced way through channels beneath the skin. This energy is known as qi (pron: chi) and its flow can be disturbed by a number of factors. These include emotional states such as anxiety, anger or grief as well as poor nutrition, hereditary factors, infections and trauma. When qi is unbalanced, illness may result. The acupuncturist inserts ultra-fine needles at chosen points along the channels to stimulate the body’s own healing response and restore its natural balance. Treatment is aimed at the root of your condition, as well as your symptoms. Your diagnosis is made both by looking at the symptoms and also what may be their underlying cause. This includes questions about medical history, lifestyle, diet, digestion and sleep etc. It also involves looking at your tongue and feeling your pulse on your wrist to determine the balance of qi or energy in your body.”

Xing Hui-Liang says: "Acupuncture can be most helpful in the following areas:

• Women’s health - conditions associated with pregnancy, menopausal symptoms, breech position, menstrual irregularities and pain, endometriosis.

• Infertility - assisting IVF, recurrent miscarriage, poor sperm count and quality

• Chronic pain - headache and migraine, back pain, tennis elbow, frozen shoulder, trigeminal neuralgia, sciatica, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic cough

• Skin problem - stubborn eczema, psoriasis, neurodermatitis

• Complaints associated with allergy – allergic rhinitis, asthma, hayfever

• digestion system disorders - chronic diarrhoea, irritable bowel syndrome, constipation

• Social related problems - stress, anxiety, depression, chronic vertigo, tinnitus, insomnia, eating disorders

• Others - losing weight, stopping smoking, drug addition, hair loss, facial paralysis

• General well-being"

To make an appointment with either Quintus Farrell or Xing Hui-Liang, call 0131 225 5542

For more information on Acupuncture at Napiers Clinic, go here.

You can also find out more by visiting the British Acupuncture Council’s website here.



Dee Atkinson MNIMH

Dee is one of the UK's top herbalists and owns and runs D. Atkinson Herbalist in Edinburgh - a herbal dispensary and shop which provide a wide range of herbal medicines, vitamins, supplements, herbal skincare as well as a herbal dispensary. Next door is Napiers Clinic.

Dee qualified as a Medical Herbalist in 1988 and took over Napiers the Herbalists in 1990, building it up into one of the UKs most respected and trusted Complementary Medicine Clinics.

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