ACUPUNCTURE is a system of healing which has been practiced in China and other Eastern countries for thousands of years. Although often described as a means of pain relief, it is in fact often used to treat people with a wide range of illnesses. Its focus is on improving the overall well being of the patient, rather than the isolated treatment of specific symptoms.


John Gavin 
Lic Ac. MBAcC. MRCHM. ITEC Massage. Dip Naturopathy. Dip Reflexology 

Treatments available on Mondays and Tuesdays.

John Gavin is an experienced Complementary Therapist. His disciplines include Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Hypnotherapy, Naturopathy, Reflexology and Massage. He is willing to discuss any health concerns you may have and likes to take a holistic view with regard to treatment.

According to traditional Chinese philosophy, our health is dependent on the body's motivating energy - known as Qi - moving in a smooth and balanced way through a series of channels beneath the skin. Qi consists of equal and opposite qualities - Yin and Yang and when these become imbalanced, illness may result. By inserting fine needles into the channels of energy, an acupuncturist can stimulate the body's own healing response and help restore its natural balance. The flow of Qi can be disturbed by a number of factors. These can include emotional states such as anxiety, stress, anger, fear and grief, poor nutrition, weather conditions, hereditary factors, infections, poisons and trauma.  

The principal aim of acupuncture in treating the whole person is to recover the equilibrium between the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of the individual.

Many people come to acupuncture for help with specific symptoms or conditions. These might include anxiety states, arthritis, asthma, back pain, circulatory problems, depression, facial paralysis, fibrositis, high blood pressure, indeterminate aches and pains, infertility, menstrual problems, migraines, rheumatism, sciatica, skin conditions and problems thoughout pregnancy. Acupuncture has also been used to help overcome addictions such as smoking, alcohol, food or drugs.

As with any therapy the response to acupuncture can vary from one person to another.