Booking an Appointment
For more information or to book an appointment please call 01305 759405 or 07989 950462.
Initial consultation is £60 (hour and a half)
Follow up appointments £43 (1 hour)
Herbs are supplementary to these costs and range between £40-£80 per month.
- Written by Louise Stevens
I have completed studies in
Chinese Herbal Medicine and Dermatology,
The use of Mushroom Therapy in managing Chronic conditions and support through Cancer treatment.
Chinese Herbal Medicine and Urinary Tract Infections, an alternative to Antibiotics.
Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture in Chronic Inflammatory Conditions.
Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Women's Health and Fertility in Dorchester & Weymouth
I attended a course on Chinese Medicine and Gynaecology with the well respected Michael McIntyre. The first topic included Fertility, male and female. Did you know that 40% of infertility issues are male orientated and treating both partners is an essential part of the fertility journal.
We also looked at endometriosis, Poly-cystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), and menstrual problems. These conditions are commonly encountered in the clinic and Chinese Medicine has so much to offer these women. I think hormones, painkillers and surgery are generally not good options for many women.
Chinese medicine always looks to the root of the problem and treats both the cause and the symptoms. It can enhance blood circulation, stop pain, encourage ovulation, regulate hormones, nourish blood and calm the mind. It allows patients to have a deep understanding of their situation and encourages them to make other appropriate changes if necessary.
Acupuncture and Autism in Paediatrics
I have recently attended a fascinating course with Julian Scott on whether Acupuncture can be useful in treating autism. The simple answer is that it is possible to help but as always it depends on the reasons why the child has the diagnosis in the first place. Every child needs to be assessed as an individual and if its possible to diagnose some physical symptoms in Chinese Medicine, then the chances are you can make a difference. These could include symptoms of excess Heat, Phlegm, Qi stagnation or Deficiency.
Past medical history is important including any trauma during birth, disease or ill health. Whether they have had immunisations and what their digestive function and diet are like.
Plenty of food for thought, and perhaps a paediatric course sometime next year!
Chinese Medicine and Mento-Emotional Disorders
This enlightening course gave some great insight into how to deal with common illness like anxiety and depression. It touched on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and OCD. Chinese medicine is always looking for patterns of disharmony and this is the same in mento-emotional illnesses. Many of the herbs we use can calm the mind, lift the spirits, clear heat and agitation, promote sleep. There is often a pattern of stress associated with it too as we live in a very fast paced world. We tend to have high expectations of ourselves but never seem to be able to fulfil them, we are often too self critical.
It is helpful to focus on the joy of the small things in life, aim for more achievable goals and take pleasure in doing less. Spend more time with those we love and who have a positive impact on our wellbeing.
Diet and Nutritional Therapy
- Written by Louise Stevens
We are born with a certain constitution (pre-natal qi) and this is supplemented and supported by our lifestyle and the food we eat.
In Chinese medicine the stomach is viewed as a cooking pot and our spleen/pancreas is likened to the fire beneath the pot that cooks the food. If we consume too many cold/raw foods we can damage this fire/cooking process and the food cannot be transformed and transported around the body and 'sludge' is left in the bottom of the cooking pot! This 'sludge' is called damp or phlegm and is often stored in the lung system or can manifest as water in the body.
'You are what you eat'
Your digestive system is the source of your blood and energy (post-natal qi) and if it is malfunctioning this can have an impact on all aspects of your health. Your constitution will benefit from certain foods but others will be damaging. A consultation will be able to advise a personalised diet plan which will enhance your health now and in the future.
The importance of keeping a healthy digestive system is paramount when maintaining our health. The problem is we are often too busy to allow our systems to function correctly: we don't take the time to eat our meals in a relaxed manner away from screens and other stimulations, we have irregular mealtimes and many often skip meals altogether. These bad habits are equally as important as the food that we eat when encouraging our digestive function!
When we are stimulated or stressed its our sympathetic nervous system that kicks in and enables us to 'deal' with things. When we eat, we need our parasympathetic nervous system to switch on to allow our digestive function to operate efficiently. Any distraction, stimulation or stress will turn this off and activate your sympathetic nervous system, leaving your digestion bereft of positive guidance.
So if you're health conscious and have a 'good' diet, please consider your environment and make some decisions to engage with your food: regular meals, allowing 15 minutes to eat away from your daily routine. Yes that means NO screens.... You can do it!
Counselling Service at Weymouth Acupuncture
- Written by Louise Stevens
Georgie is a Humanistic Integrative Counsellor trained in Person Centred, Transactional Analysis and Gestalt approaches, and she is a Registered Member of the BACP. Georgie currently works part-time in primary care at a GP surgery in Somerset supporting registered patients with common mental health issues such as depression and anxiety, and supporting their emotional well-being following life events that involve change, loss or grief. Georgie has recently moved back to Dorset to settle and is setting up in private practice this month. Georgie will now be offering sessions from Acuherbs on Friday.
Georgie has an avid interest in the natural world, complementary therapies and spiritual development. She is currently studying psycho-spiritual counselling (level 5) to bring this approach into her current practice which takes the soul (rather than the mind) as its starting point, to help us understand why we do what we do. It looks at ways to bring mindfulness, energies and nature back into our daily lives. Georgie is an Equine Facilitated Practitioner which also encompasses being in nature, being in the 'here-and-now' and acknowledging your real feelings/emotions which are often held in the body. Horses, and all animals, are good at sensing energies and will reflect what they feel presented, even that which what you attempt to hide. Animals see your real self and this is the self Georgie encourages to come into the counselling room. Georgie brings an element of equine wisdom into the counselling room with body awareness and sensing energies. If you want to know more about equine and eco-therapy please visit Equine EARTH.co.uk where Georgie provides Equine Facilitated Counselling and Well-being Retreats in the Cotwolds.
Prior to counselling, Georgie has worked in various jobs and lived in different countries/counties; an Army child, Special Constable, Army soldier, Police Control Room Operator, Secondary Science Teacher, Programme Leader/Lecturer and self employed as Natural Therapist for Animals and People. She has personal experience of the emotional impact that alcoholism, drugs misuse, murder, missing family members, psychosis/sectioning, social services intervention/children in care and PTSD creates for those in a supporting/caring role. Georgie became a finalist in 2015 for Venus Business Awards (Dorset) for Influential Woman of the Year for her fostering role; that year supporting her niece through sudden paralysis to recovery, only to deal with an abrupt 'end of this placement' a year later. She has been homeless a couple of times but because of a good support network has always had a roof, unlike her sister who did live on the streets for some time. She has dealt with the discrimination that comes from being a 'single parent' on 'low income', and experienced our illogical system that keeps people from breaking out and achieving more in life. She has a natural empathy for those who no fault of their own didn't get a 'good enough' start in life and understands the subsequent impact and life restrictions,promoting low confidence and self esteem. Georgie places importance on taking responsibility for ownmental health (as you would your physical health), self care (which is not being selfish) and creating a good support network of friends which has to start with you loving your real self as this is the longestrelationship you will have in your life.
If you would like to book a counselling appointment with Georgie please contact her at
AcuHerbs 01305 759405 or
Juniper Counselling and Therapies.co.uk or
- Written by Louise Stevens
BSc BSc(Ac) MBAcC PG Dip CHM MRCHM Clin Ac(Hangzhou) Clin CHM(Chengdu)
Louise completed a 3 year honours degree in Health Sciences at the University of Northumbria, followed by a 3 year honours degree in Acupuncture at the University of Westminster.
She then completed a 2 year Post Graduate Diploma in Chinese Herbal Medicine also at the University of Westminster.