Ilminster Chiropractic & Wellbeing
Ilminster Chiropractic & Wellbeing

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a form of Chinese Medicine that has been around for thousands of years, but this does not mean it is outdated.  Fine needles are inserted into particular points on the body with the aim of promoting and maintaining good health by influencing and stimulating the body’s own healing responses.

How will I benefit from Acupuncture?

Rachel uses a combination of two different types of acupuncture; Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Five Element Acupuncture.  The combination of the two lends itself very well to an holistic approach aimed at improving both physical and mental health with an increased sense of wellbeing.  


The focus of acupuncture is on the overall health of the individual, not just a list of symptoms.  Two patients presenting with the same condition will most likely receive different acupuncture treatments; this is because acupuncture treats the root cause of the problem, not just the symptoms that bother you.  

At your first appointment Rachel will take a full health history in order to form a TCM diagnosis and create a treatment plan that is individual to you: this appointment will take around one and half hours.  She will also ask to look at your tongue and take your pulses at your wrists, and this information is used to confirm the diagnosis. Your first appointment will end with a treatment and needles are normally retained for around 15-20 minutes.

Follow up appointments Rachel may use other modes of Chinese Medicine to complement Acupuncture, such as;


Cupping is an ancient practice that is often used alongside acupuncture, but can also be used alone.  It stimulates acupuncture points or larger areas of the body.  Cups are usually made of glass or plastic and the practitioner creates a vacuum inside the cup and quickly places it on to the area to be treated.  Several cups can be used at one time or the practitioner may use the ‘sliding cup’ technique to cover a large area with one cup.  Cupping is not painful but it can leave reddish patches on the skin for some days. You will probably have seen elite athletes at the Olympics with red circles on them, these will have been from cupping!  It can be used to treat coughs and colds, relieve aches and pains, soothe stiff muscles.


This is a technique that involves scraping the skin with a tool made of resin or sometimes jade.  Oil is applied to the skin first and the technique involves causing a ‘sha’ or mark on the skin which like cupping, will often stay for a few days.  It is used to treat the symptoms of coughs and colds, inflammation, muscular pain, nausea and vomiting.  


Moxa or moxibustion is a term derived from the Japanese word mogusa or mo kusa, meaning, “burning herb.” It can be found in many forms, from moxa “wool” to moxa pressed into a charcoal stick, but it is always harvested from the mugwort plant.  It is burned on or over the body using cones, sticks, a moxa box or on a needle and it can be used to strengthen, warm and nourish, to boost the immune system and historically even used to turn breech babies.

Tuina massage


Tuina is a form of medical massage that is based on the fundamental concepts of Traditional Chinese Medicine.  It will usually incorporate most of the body not just the area that is causing you problems and will take place over your clothing. It is advisable to wear loose clothing of natural figures.  


It can be very good at treating specific problems, especially chronic muscle and joint pain.  It is beneficial for such conditions as fibromyalgia, arthritis, sciatica, muscle spasms, sports injuries and trauma, pain of the back neck and shoulders.  It can also help with long term conditions like insomnia, headaches and migraines, digestion problems and stress.  As well as targeting specific problems many patients find it beneficial as a preventative treatment.   

Appointment times are one hour, but during the first appointment Rachel will take a health history before starting treatment, so your actual treatment time will be slightly shorter.


Acupuncture 1st appointment Health History & includes treatment  £55.  


Acupuncture follow up treatments  £40


Tuina Massage  £40 

Where to find us:

Ilminster Chiropractic

& Wellbeing


34-36 West Street

Ilminster TA19 9AB

Phone: 01460 54552


Business hours

Monday   09.00 - 1.00

Tuesday  09.00 - 4.00

Wednesday 09.00 - 1.00

Thursday  09.00 - 6.00

Friday      09.00 - 3.00

Saturday  By Appointment

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