Acupuncture and complicated health conditions

Dr Charlotte Paterson

 

Dr Charlotte Paterson, MBChB, PhD, MBAcC.

Five Element and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) acupuncture

 

My particular expertise is using acupuncture to help people who have complicated health conditions. This includes people with:

  • Both physical and emotional problems (for example: both pain and depression; or migraine, anxiety and insomnia; or other combinations)
  • One or more long-term conditions (for example: diabetes, chronic bronchitis, acid reflux, etc)
  • Autoimmune diseases, and other diseases that affect several different part of the body (for example: rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, polymyalgia, etc)

In these situations, my approach is to treat each of you as a whole person and as a unique individual. I like to use Chinese medicine to understand how these problems are connected together and then treat the underlying causes and imbalances. Although my acupuncture treatment is grounded in Chinese medicine, my experience as a Western medical doctor helps me to treat you confidently and safely. It is not necessary to stop any treatment your Western medicine doctors are giving you – acupuncture can work alongside other treatment.

I also think that how we relate to and communicate with each other is very important. I put great store on listening to you, and developing a warm, respectful and caring relationship. I hope that acupuncture and Chinese medicine will help you find new ways of understanding your health and how best to take care of yourself.