Acupuncture is a collection of procedures which involves the stimulation of points on the body using a variety of techniques, such as penetrating the skin with needles that are then manipulated manually or by electrical stimulation. It is one of the key components of traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), and is among the oldest healing practices in the world.

The Hale Clinic offers SIX different types of acupuncture treatments.

1) 24 Carat Pure Gold Needle Facial Acupuncture

Gold has been highly prized for its luxurious and beautifying properties as far back as the time of the Egyptian Empire and regarded as the key to prolonged youth in the Chinese Tang and Han dynasties. However, Gold had not been much used for skin treatment in more recent years as in most other applications it had been found to be difficult to dissolve and permeate the skin.

Science, Safety and Results

The 24 carat pure gold composition of the acupuncture needles is singularly significant as they as they produce measurable results by visibly enhancing the volume and tone of facial muscles so improving the skin’s circulation, collagen and elastic fibre network which activates the fibroblastic cells and increasing hyaluronic acid production. Therefore; sleeker, plumper, more youthful skin results. Gold’s safety profile is excellent too since it cannot react with any other substance and is inherently anti microbial.

The benefits of using 24 carat pure gold needles rather than any other material are manifold. Firstly, the very fine gold needles penetrate the skin and impart minute bio-available quantities absorbed naturally and comfortably due to the innate softness and purity of the material. Gold’s well established anti-inflammatory properties decrease skin cell degeneration slowing melanin secretion and age spots.

2) Acupuncture (Traditional)
Traditional acupuncture is a holistic healthcare system that regards pain and illness, whether physical or mental, to be a sign that the body is out of balance. Treatment focuses on the individual rather than their illness or isolated symptoms.

Traditional acupuncture is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) principles that have been developed, researched and refined for over 2,500 years.

Traditional acupuncture regards human beings to be fully interconnected and interdependent physically, mentally and emotionally. Vital energy, or the body’s qi flows freely between all interdependent dimensions of an individual. The vital energy, or the body’s qi travels through pathways referred to as meridians, and these can get blocked for any number of reasons such as emotional and physical stress, poor nutrition, infection or injury.

The aim of Traditional acupuncture is to re-establish the free flow of qi, to restore balance and stimulate the body’s own self healing resources. This is achieved by inserting ultra thin, sterile, disposable needles into specific points which correspond with the meridian channels.

3) Auricular Acupuncture
The ear is a valuable tool in rebalancing the body and provides an effective and accessible means of treatment at a fundamental level.

The ear functions as a minute representation of the body in the same way as the foot does in reflexology. Auricular acupuncture has been used in China since 500 BC, but has become more known in the West through the work of a French doctor, Paul Nogier. Disharmony within the body can be reflected onto the ear as an area of inflammation, dry skin, white or grey nodules and even scarring. These areas become electrically active and can be detected using a special point locator or by palpation with the blunt end of an acupuncture needle.

By using very small acupuncture needles, the acupuncturist can stimulate the energy at these points, helping to address imbalance in the body. Sometimes small plasters with little gold balls or seeds are left over certain points on the ear to maintain the affects of the treatment, and enable the client to be active in their own treatment by stimulating these specific areas.

As well as rebalancing the body, Auricular acupuncture facilitates chemical changes that occur within the bloodstream. Auricular acupuncture can be used with other styles of acupuncture or on its own .

4) Biopuncture
Biopuncture is a therapy whereby specific body locations (acupuncture points, trigger points, reflex areas etc.) are injected with biologically active substances. It can be understood as a combination of acupuncture and homeopathy – enhancing the efficacy of both and making the combination treatment more powerful and effective.

Biopuncture is mainly used to treat pain, inflammation, swelling and toxin accumulation. It is excellent for musculo-skeletal problems (due to injuries, bad posture etc), to treat organ dysfunction and to facilitate detoxification and stimulate self-healing processes on deeper levels for any chronic and degenerative conditions. It can also help to modulate the immune system in auto-immune disorders. The advantage of injections is that the absorption rate is 100%, the delivery to target tissues is fast, precise and there is a depot effect, i.e. the remedies are released slowly over several days into the tissue, which creates a more long-term response and action of the remedies over several days. This is contrary to oral uptake, where a big part is lost due to suboptimal digestion and excretion of the remedies usually takes place within several hours – meaning their therapeutic effect is lost.

Biopuncture is especially indicated in the following conditions:

Musculo-skeletal pain/injuries (swollen ankle, whiplash, knee pain etc)
Digestive problems (bloating, constipation, diarrhoea, spasm)
To stimulate liver –and lymphatic detoxification
Kidney problems and to treat the whole urinary system
Weak immunity, recurrent colds/flus
Female/male reproductive conditions, infertility
Asthma, tinnitus, high blood pressure
Diabetes, obesity
Eczema, psoriasis, acne and other skin conditions
The remedies that are used are 100% natural and mainly from the German company HEEL – the global leader in the field of scientifically based modern homeopathy. Their remedies like Traumeel are well researched and their benefits especially for reduction of pain and inflammation have been proven in multiple studies (

The injections are given superficially, so there is minimal pain and discomfort with fast results and improvements starting from the very first session.

I often combine the treatment with a preceding acupuncture session in order to balance the body better and stimulate its self-healing abilities more strongly.

Michael B., London: I have been suffering from rheumatoid arthritis for many years. Even though I was taking prescription drugs, my condition seemed to get worse, and I noticed more generalised pain and stiffness, while at the same time I was worried about the side effects of long term use of medications. I had heard from a friend that acupuncture could help me with pain and inflammation – so I booked in with Katrin for acupuncture and biopuncture treatments. I was a bit worried about the idea of getting injections at first, but Katrin explained to me what it was for and where exactly she was going to inject, so I felt more at ease. To my absolute amazement, already after the first session I felt a marked improvement. The pain and inflammation was reduced, especially the early morning stiffness, also I felt overall more energy and my mood was much better also! I continued to go for weekly sessions and I kept feeling better. My joint pain is almost gone now, I was able to come off the prescription drugs, my energy is great – I have started to go for runs and to the gym again regularly, which I could not do for years! I feel much better in myself, more balanced and happy, I have changed my eating pattern and diet too – with Katrin’s help, and that made a big difference too! Would highly recommend this kind of treatment to anyone suffering from a similar condition!

5) Classical Five Element Acupuncture
Classical Five-Element Acupuncture (CF-EA) is a system of medicine based around the understanding around the body's natural laws and how keeping these in balance, maintains good physical and emotional health.

CF-EA, which dates back over two thousand years, works by isolating the cause of a complaint, strengthening this weakness and supporting the natural functioning of the body as a whole. The overall aim is to promote well-being and longevity in the client.

In CF-EA, the natural laws are understood as the Five Elements; water, wood, fire, earth and metal. We can observe these forces at work in nature, as well as in our bodies. These elements are associated with different organs, senses, emotions, times of the day, and overall strengths and weaknesses. By observing the five elements within ourselves, we can understand the root of imbalance and how this affects the functioning of our physical and emotional health. The treatment involves identifying which element is in distress and hence disrupting the five-element cycle, leading to symptoms of ill health.

The balancing of the elements is achieved by inserting fine, sterile and disposable needles just below the surface of the skin until a dull ache is experienced by the client. Specific points will be located along several energy pathways which directly communicate with the body’s physiological and emotional responses. Most often, these points will also be warmed with a herb called moxa.

During the first treatment, information will be gathered on your symptoms, medical and family history, lifestyle and emotional strengths and weaknesses. A course of treatment will then be tailored to the individual’s needs. Ideally, treatment begins on a weekly basis for a short while, then moves on to fortnightly, monthly and then seasonal for maintenance treatment.

6)Cosmetic Acupuncture
Cosmetic Acupuncture is a painless treatment that can help reduce the signs of ageing.

It involves the use of tiny disposable needles inserted into various acupuncture points on the face. By stimulating these points, energy blockages are cleared and both oxygen and blood flow are increased to the face. In addition lymphatic drainage is promoted.

At the cellular level this helps the skin to remove toxic waste effectively and thus maintain efficient rejuvenation of the cells.

The treatment results in plumping up the skin, smoothing out wrinkles and dissolving lines of tension. However, importantly at a deeper level, collagen and elastin fibres are stimulated to encourage regeneration which can keep us looking younger longer.

The needles are left in the face for approximately 30 minutes and the whole procedure is very relaxing. A minimum of 6 treatments is generally required to see the benefits however even after one treatment the skin can look rejuvenated and radiant.

Natural Removal of Raised Moles

Moles are caused by a collection of skin pigment cells called melanocytes. Some moles exist from birth, whilst others can develop over time in response to hormonal changes, such as during pregnancy, adolescence and the menopause; exposure to sunlight, or from blood stagnation.

An assessment is first taken to make sure that the mole is safe to remove. The treatment involves the use of two fine small acupuncture needles. One needle is used on the colon meridian to reduce sensitivity, whilst the other needle is used close to the site of the mole in order to thin the energy, blood and fluid supply, leaving the mole to gradually dry up, shrink and finally fall off the skin between five to eight days.

Only one 30 minute session is needed for the treatment to take effect. However in circumstances where a second session is needed, the subsequent treatment will be given free of charge.

Advantages of the treatment is no anaesthetic, bleeding, stitches, repeated dressing, scars, infection or use of chemicals is involved. Normal activities can be resumed on the same day as the treatment. If you think any mole is changing in size, shape, colour as well as itching, bleeding, or with irregular outline and an irregular degree of pigmentation on the surface, please seek advice from a Dermatologist.