Alignment Acupuncture

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                                                    Acupuncture in Cork & Kerry


Welcome! Many of us are only beginning to look at acupuncture as a way to help ourselves and have many questions. Below are some answers for you to contemplate.  Please email or call me if you have other queries not answered here.  

What is alignment acupuncture and is it different from regular acupuncture? 

Seitai Shinpo is the method of Japanese acupuncture that I practice. During a Seitai acupuncture treatment, the practitioner is working with you in the room over a period of 1-1.5 hrs. 

Japanese acupuncture needles are much finer in size than in TCM, so you don't feel them as much.  #1-3 is an outline of structural acupuncture. 


1. The structure of your physical body is in concert with gravity and the laws of physics every moment of your life. 

We examine your pelvis and spine and base our diagnosis and treatment on those findings. 

2. When our centre of gravity is off balance ie. one hip higher than the other it creates distortion, fascial constriction,          organ distortion, circulatory problems and nerve conduction decreases.

3. Alignment of the skeletal structure helps with pain, releases fascial constriction, regulates and boosts immunity and enhances ones overall well being. It also has an effect on the mind. 

How does acupuncture help a person to shift and enable one to become more flexible?

1. A re-set of the autonomic nervous system from sympathetic (fight-flight) to parasympathetic (rest-digest) mode.  

2. Adjusting layers of electro magnetic bio-fields that various acupuncture point combinations have the capacity to adjust with (positive-negative pole potentials) We are electrical creatures by nature from our central nervous system to the circulatory system and brain. 

Is it painful? 

In general it is a sensation of Qi or in other words your own energy pathways opening and circulating. People have described it as a dull movement or a quick painless zing or a slowing down sensation but not painful.  Mostly people feel very relaxed and sleepy and even snore on the table! Single use disposable Japanese needles are much smaller than a hypodermic needle, in fact 38 Seirin needles can fit into such a needle. They are hair thin little things.  

What should I expect before and during treatment?

Before coming to the acupuncture clinic in Cork or Kerry, I will email intake forms with instructions and a text with your permission as a reminder. 

If you do not have a printer then come earlier on the day to fill out the forms. I also ask that you bring your own sheet to cover yourself and everything else is supplied. 

1. Initial intake with numerical rating scale (NRS) 0-10 scale

2. Postural analysis.

3. Pulse diagnosis. 

4. Acupuncture treatment.

5. Moxibustion.

6. E-stim, gua sha, cupping if required.

7. Herbal suggestions if required.

How many treatments will I need and do you accept insurance in the Cork and Kerry locations? 

1. The frequency and number of treatments differ from person to person depending on your history. 

2. Some people experience dramatic relief after the first treatment. Some people need longer particularly with chronic      conditions. Bear in mind the body is a very intelligent system but needs your willingness to help improve your              health. The brain can take a few pointers to get the message! 

3. For complex or long-standing chronic conditions 1 tx x 4 weeks initially, then we review your case. 

4. For acute problems 3-5 treatments again depending on your body condition. 

5. Classical Herbal formulas speed up healing as they are created for your particular constitution and modified if              needed. They can be taken in tincture, tea, granules or pills. 

Bulging or herniated discs take months of treatment.  It usually takes a long time for the body to reach this point therefor have patience however pain levels can be decreased quickly. 

Yes, I accept insurance from all major insurance companies in Cork and Kerry.  Laya, Irish Life, VHI, HSF, St. Pauls Garda Medical Aid Society all refund you a portion of the cost incurred. Depending on your plan you can clain back from E20 - E70 for each treatment.  Insurance does not cover herbal medicine. 

Do I have to wear a mask and does the acupuncture clinic in Cork and Kerry have safe practices in place? 

Yes, We instruct you to wear face coverings unless you have reason not to and to bring your own sheet.  We also ask that you either wash or sanatise your hands prior to entering the treatment room. 

Do you treat children with acupuncture, acupressure or herbal medicine in Cork and Kerry clinics? 

Yes, children of all ages come and receive acupressure if very young and if they wish to graduate to acupuncture then they have that option. Mom's and Dad's love to watch their little ones enjoy the treatments. Coughs and colds can be remedied with herbal medicine in either tincture or granules (like an instant coffee drink) or put into capsules if time allows. Children also love Sho ni Shin which is a Japanese form of massage on the acupuncture points and meridians. 

I like to teach parents to do their own treatments at home and give handouts with diagrams to practice. All sorts of kiddy ailments can be treated in theses ways. Treatments usually take about 30 minutes. 

Are there any other things that I need to know? 

You should probably know that I love to educate my patients on health and wellbeing.  For the initial 30 minutes I am ok with you asking questions and I usually email information or give handouts on what we discussed to enable you to move forward and take the reins of your own health. Breathing exercises during acupuncture treatments are important and you can use these exercises in your daily life in any situation. 

Sotai Ho exercises are alignment based exercises that I also teach you and are easily practiced by you at home. You might also have moxa homework on specific acupuncture points, dietary changes to contemplate and some lifestyle choices that may or may not be working for you at certain times of the year.  Oriental medicine is big on living alongside the changing seasons in terms of nutrition, warmth, cold, wet, dry, dampness etc.. As human beings we have not changed much in thousands of years, though life in the world around us certainly has.  We are part of the Earth herself and little tips on how to live optimally as our ancestors did can help enormously. 

Evidence based conditions that acupuncture treats with good results:

  • Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)

  • Biliary colic

  • Depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke)

  • Dysentery, acute bacillary

  • Dysmenorrhoea, primary

  • Epigastralgia, acute (in peptic ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis, and gastrospasm)

  • Facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)

  • Headache

  • Hypertension, essential

  • Hypotension, primary

  • Induction of labor

  • Knee pain

  • Leukopenia

  • Low back pain

  • Malposition of fetus, correction

  • Morning sickness

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Neck pain

  • Pain in dentistry (including dental pain and temporomandibular dysfunction)

  • Periarthritis of shoulder

  • Postoperative pain

  • Renal colic

  • Rheumatoid arthritis

  • Sciatica

  • Sprain

  • Stroke

  • Tennis elbow

Limited evidence based conditions with probable outcomes include:

  • Abdominal pain (in acute gastroenteritis or due to gastrointestinal spasm)

  • Acne vulgaris

  • Alcohol dependence and detoxification

  • Bell’s palsy

  • Bronchial asthma

  • Cancer pain

  • Cardiac neurosis

  • Cholecystitis, chronic, with acute exacerbation

  • Cholelithiasis

  • Competition stress syndrome

  • Craniocerebral injury, closed

  • Diabetes mellitus, non-insulin-dependent

  • Earache

  • Epidemic haemorrhagic fever

  • Epistaxis, simple (without generalized or local disease)

  • Eye pain 

  • Female infertility

  • Facial spasm

  • Female urethral syndrome

  • Fibromyalgia and fasciitis

  • Gouty arthritis

  • Hepatitis B virus carrier status

  • Herpes zoster (human (alpha) herpesvirus 3)

  • Hypo-ovarianism

  • Insomnia

  • Labour pain

  • Lactation, deficiency

  • Male sexual dysfunction

  • Ménière disease

  • Neuralgia, post-herpetic

  • Neurodermatitis

  • Opium, cocaine and heroin dependence

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Pain due to endoscopic examination

  • Pain in thromboangiitis obliterans

  • Polycystic ovary syndrome

  • Postoperative convalescence

  • Premenstrual syndrome

  • Prostatitis, chronic

  • Pruritus

  • Radicular and pseudoradicular pain syndrome

  • Raynaud syndrome, primary

  • Recurrent lower urinary-tract infection

  • Reflex sympathetic dystrophy

  • Retention of urine, traumatic

  • Sjögren syndrome

  • Sore throat (including tonsillitis)

  • Spine pain, acute

  • Stiff neck

  • Temporomandibular joint dysfunction

  • Tourette syndrome

  • Ulcerative colitis, chronic

  • Urolithiasis

  • Vascular dementia

  • Whooping cough (pertussis)

Clinical conditions that are difficult to treat with acupuncture:

 Hernia (surgery required) and chronic tinnitus, chronic deafness.