Acupuncture: Nicola Rawstron Msc, BSc, MBAcC
Acupuncture is one of the longest established forms of healthcare in the world. Acupuncturists are trained to use subtle diagnostic techniques that have been developed and refined for thousands of years. The focus is on you as an individual, not your illness, and all symptoms are seen in relation to each other. Treatment involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body to affect the flow of your body’s qi, or vital energy.
Acupuncture can treat a wide variety of conditions such as backache, migraine, stress, and anxiety. It is also helpful for a range of gynaecological and obstetric problems including working in partnership to improve IVF outcomes.
Acupressure massage, cupping and moxibustion may also be used during treatment and offered as an alternative to needles.
We also offer specialised facial (cosmetic) acupuncture, which is a treatment used to improve skin and fight the process. Sometimes referred to as an “acupuncture facelift” or “facial rejuvenation,” cosmetic acupuncture is often used as an alternative to surgical facelifts and other conventional procedures said to reverse signs of aging in the skin.
Nicola works in Easingwold on a Tuesday morning and on Thursday evenings. Visit Nicola's website HERE
I became interested in Traditional Chinese Medicine when I started having acupuncture and Chinese herbs alongside IVF treatment. I am particularly fascinated by how well acupuncture can work alongside Western medicine to provide the best of both worlds.
In addition to running clinics in Easingwold and Bedale, I teach at the Northern College of Acupuncture on their BSc and MSc courses and I’ve worked in the NHS with cancer patients for a number of years. I have a developed particular interest in working with complex or longstanding cases including patients who are having oncology treatment, and like to keep up to date with current research and developments in acupuncture treatment. I am also a registered volunteer therapist for the Teenage Cancer Trust.
Whilst studying to become an Acupuncturist I became aware that in many cases, people who may benefit from acupuncture treatment were not able to afford it. I wished to find a way of enabling as many people as possible to have acupuncture based on need rather than ability to pay. To achieve this, myself and a colleague set up a not-for-profit social enterprise called “Access to Acupuncture” (www.accesstoacupuncture.co.uk) that obtains charitable or government funding for a range of projects providing acupuncture free to patients at the point of care.
Prior to becoming an acupuncturist I worked for the NHS in the field of Pathology, gaining an MSc in Haematology. Following that I worked for Johnson & Johnson providing training, sales and scientific support for blood transfusion laboratories in the UK and throughout Europe.