acupuncturistAcupuncture is a branch of traditional Chinese medicine – a tried and tested healthcare system that has been practised for thousands of years in China and the Far East. It has been developed, tested, researched and refined over centuries to give us a complex and detailed understanding of the body’s energetic balance.

Today, acupuncture is practised all around the world and clinical trials are now confirming its efficacy. More and more people are able to benefit as acupuncture becomes a recognised option in established medical practice.

Rita Halstead offers acupuncture from her treatment room at 178 Mountdale Gardens, Leigh on Sea.

Pain relief

Research has shown that acupuncture provides pain relief by stimulating nerves which leads to the release of pain-killing endorphins and changes the processing of pain in the brain and spinal cord. Acupuncture is also thought to reduce inflammation and promote healing. In recognition of the benefits of acupuncture for providing pain relief, the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) issued guidelines in May 2009 recommending that acupuncture is available on the NHS for chronic lower back pain. Read more about Pain Relief

“Rita I have found to be an utmost professional, knowledgeable and caring. I am unable to take pain-killing drugs so it is clear that the treatment received has helped me with my pain management.”

Fertility and IVF

Whether you are trying for a natural conception or undergoing Fertility Treatment (IVF), there is overwhelming evidence that acupuncture can play a significant role in treating fertility problems for both women and men, along with gynaecological issues and other emotional and physical impediments to conception. Find out more about Fertility and IVF

“Rita gave more than just acupuncture, she gave advice on diet and exercise, I began to look forward to my weekly visits and not think about the needles. To this day people ask why do you think the IVF worked for you and my answer every time is acupuncture and prayer.”

Call Rita today on 01702 478559 to book your acupuncture appointment

Women’s health:

Acupuncture can be very successful in treating a variety of women’s health problems including pregnancy related conditions. For more information about Women’s Health

“Acupuncture has helped me through periods of depression and anxiety, hot flushes, heavy bleeding, poor sleeping, a badly pulled back muscle and headaches. I find Rita to be professional, knowledgeable, friendly, welcoming, reassuring”

General well-being
What is the meaning of good health and wellbeing? Some people think they are healthy because they have no ailments and the doctor tells them all their tests are ok.

But do you feel well? Do you feel vital and energetic all day? Are you mentally and emotionally positive and happy? Do you feel relaxed and stress free? Do you get a good night’s sleep?

Discover why you might not be as well as you think you are

Battlefield acupuncture

This is a new acupuncture technique which is very effective for fast pain relief for any acute, severe and chronic pain in the body. Battlefield Acupuncture involves placing a maximum of 5 very short gold plated needles (they are more like studs than needles) in each ear. I use this technique for back/neck pains migraines and headaches and other disorders where fast pain relief is required. Find out how Battlefield Acupuncture could help you

“I can honestly say that Rita and her needles enabled me to dance the night away at my wedding when a severe headache threatened to spoil everything. This sceptic has been converted and I would not hesitate to recommend this pain relief, it saved the day for me.”

Call Rita today on 01702 478559 to book your acupuncture appointment

Japanese Acupuncture

Japanese acupuncture is unique in its efficiency and precision. Techniques are often directed at using the minimal amount of stimulation to attain the best results. If you are worried about needles, find out how Japanese Acupuncture could be the right treatment for you.

Cosmetic acupuncture – the secret of younger looking skin

Acupuncture has been around for thousands of years and, although relatively new to the west, the Chinese have been using points on the face to combat the signs of ageing and to help with various skin conditions for many years. Learn more about Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture

Many more:

Acupuncture can help with many other conditions, such as digestive and bowel disorders, lung ailments and even the common cold. These and other general complaints for which patients most commonly come for treatment are listed on the World Health Organisation’s website here:
World Health Organisation

The World Health Organisation lists a wide variety of diseases or disorders for which acupuncture therapy has been tested in controlled clinical trials