Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine Treatments

I am an experienced acupuncturist with a unique set of skills; bringing together Chinese Medicine acupuncture, with trigger point acupuncture, massage and mentoring.

Acupuncture is good for a range of health issues, so why not give me a ring for an informal chat or to book a treatment session?

Jackie Pamment, Lic.Ac. MAAC

A course of acupuncture commonly delivers natural health benefits such as improved digestion, better quality sleep, higher energy levels, and reduced pain.

Traditional acupuncture treats the ‘whole person’ not symptoms

Traditional Acupuncture can help your body function better in all kinds of ways. It is also calming to the nervous system and can help you feel more emotionally balanced. Read More…

Trigger point acupuncture can dramatically reduce pain

A style of acupuncture developed through the western scientific method, which can dramatically reduce pain, improve flexibility and movement of the muscles and joints. Read More…

Therapeutic Massage the power of touch

A mixture of skill and intuition brings the therapeutic effect of massage, and the comfort and pleasure of touch, to some acupuncture treatments. Read More…

Fascial Trauma Release trauma-informed bodywork

A light touch connecting with the fascial layers, which safely and gently integrates emotional and physical responses to trauma held in the body whilst calming the nervous system and relaxing the mind. Read More…


About Traditional Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a tried and tested system of traditional medicine, which has been used in China and other eastern cultures for thousands of years. Its benefits are now widely acknowledged in the UK and all over the world.

Traditional acupuncture takes a holistic approach to health and regards illness as a sign that the body is out of balance. The pattern and degree of imbalance is unique to each individual. The traditional acupuncturist’s skill lies in identifying the precise nature of the underlying disharmony and selecting the most effective treatment.

How does Acupuncture work?

The Chinese concept of Qi (pronounced ‘Chee’) is key to the way Chinese medicine practitioners understand their work. The Chinese character for Qi is most often translated into English as ‘Energy’, meaning your body’s vital energy. Traditional acupuncturists work to help maintain your system’s equilibrium by using very fine needles at specific points on the body to regulate the flow of ‘Qi’.

When Qi (energy) is in abundance and is flowing smoothly through us we thrive and our health is at its best. However if the flow is interrupted, or obstructed, then the vital energy or Qi becomes unavailable for some processes, and distress signals arise.

These signals may be noticed in us as either physical or mental-emotional signs or symptoms. A properly trained acupuncturist uses diagnostic processes, including Chinese pulse-taking, and examining the tongue, that apply just as effectively to subtle imbalances as to obvious complaints and disease.

Traditional Chinese Medicine recognises patterns or groups of signs and symptoms and how they are interrelated, so it does not treat a symptom in isolation from the rest of you. This means that there are often positive side-effects to acupuncture so that often quality of sleep, energy levels, digestion and mood naturally improve whilst the main complaint is being treated.

Even if your main condition is a degenerative condition and something you just have to accept and live with, acupuncture can be a good choice for enhancing your quality of life, reducing pain and discomfort and helping you feel more emotionally balanced.

Understanding Acupuncture in terms of Western Medicine

Acupuncture pathways, fascia and the nervous system.

Whilst the concept of Qi, or Energy, is echoed in enduring systems of traditional medicine around the world, western scientific medicine does not entertain this concept.

Research shows that Acupuncture is good for pain relief and that it affects the nervous system. This stimulates the body’s bio-chemical communication systems – hormones and neurotransmitters – which is one way to understand, from a bio medical point of view, how acupuncture encourages ‘natural healing’.

Fascia is a bodily substance which connects one part of the body to another along routes known as the ‘fascial trains’. Fascial trains are visible on dissection and it turns out that these routes correspond very closely to the Meridians or ‘energy channels’.

Traditional  acupuncturists use Meridians to navigate the body. There are accessed using specific acupuncture points from the 400+ at the surface of the body.

Meridians also traverse the body along deep pathways and knowledge of the way fascia works helps to explain, from a bio medical perspective, how needling a named acupuncture point in one part of the body can intentionally communicate with and affect another part of the body, including the interior organs.

For information about how acupuncture works for you during treatment, please Read more…

Jackie Pamment Acupuncturist Somerset Acupuncture Mentoring Supervision