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Isle of Man

In our practice specialised Balance Acupuncture treatment is often coupled with IMS  Dry Needling and other specialised Myoskeletal Therapies to relieve severe chronic pains and treat other illness. We can discuss with you the various options to assist in your own particular ailments and treatments. 

Acupressure is sometimes used in conjunction with Tracy's Iban massage which entails pressing on various acupuncture points instead of using traditional needles and with remarkable results.

Acupuncture is used in many of our treatments to ease, or stop pain, and finally to balance the body again after Pain Therapy Treatments.

Many of our clients and patients have remarked on the wonderful feeling and relief of pain after their sessions with us.

What is special about our Acupuncture?

We utilize systems of Acupuncture that are not the usual Traditional Chinese Medicine teachings (called TCM which was originally compiled for easier teaching and utilization to country doctors mainly from the 20 century Chinese Cultural Revolution).

We mostly utilise the I-Ching Balance System and sometimes Master Tung’s methods, which we find are more effective,with immediate results for most of the symptoms we see in the clinic.

The Balance System(s) we use treats pain instantly!

After a pole is placed under the sun, a shadow should immediately appear, say several of the ancient texts on acupuncture. The effects of stimulating balancing acupuncture points should be immediate yet only a handful of modern masters had achieved such results after decades of practice.

Similar effects were not possible for most practitioners, who were often copying acupuncture points and patterns verbatum and by rote without real understanding of what worked and why.

We practice Balance Methods more so than TCM and regularly see immediate effects. Dr. Stephen's years of research of many different Balance System, especially I-Ching and the study of Master Tung’s radical system of acupuncture, after firstly learning TCM, while he lived and studied in Taiwan for 4 years have resulted in our Incorporated Balance Method,a new way of analyzing the networks of the human body’s energy channels.  He lived and studied Acupuncture for a total of over 25 years.

The results speak for themselves: instant clinical efficacy has become the hallmark of the Balance Method. Thousands of patients traveled to Dr. Tan’s clinic in San Diego, CA, each year to receive his treatments and find new hope in achieving a healthy balance in life.

Our Balance Method works with the sophisticated relationships of the acupuncture meridians. Fewer needles are used than the commonly taught methods and “immediate” results are realised, especially with pain treatment.

You may also have a TCM (Traditional Meridian Acupuncture) diagnosis using Acugraph and a Body and Posture Check, of your condition and a prognosis for treatment plans. This technology brings the most modern and cutting edge Western computerised technology together with millennia old acupuncture diagnostic techniques. It offers a print out that allows you to see exactly where your imbalances lay and which meridians are deficient or excessive and how one can go about helping to balance the meridians and your system.

In using only Acupuncture treatments, the vast majority of patients do not consider acupuncture a painful procedure at all. Patients often feel a ‘Qi’ sensation when the needle is inserted and is what is expected and actually required for a successful treatment: most feel nothing at all. 

These ‘Qi sensations’ range from warmth or tingling, to a brief ache or heaviness in the area being needled and often comes and goes, or moves around from area to area as the treatment takes effect and works.  In our system the De-Chi, or needle senstation is required for optimum results.

Qi sensations are generally only felt on one or two of the acupuncture points. As stated, they certainly indicate favorable results from the acupuncture treatment, as Qi has been strongly contacted.  

The stronger the sensation; the better it often is, say many practitioners By and large patients describe these sensations as fleeting and the treatment experience as deeply relaxing, not forgetting that the whole treatment has worked to alleviate the pain and problems; the ultimate aim of the therapy in the first place. In fact, many patients find acupuncture so relaxing that they fall asleep during treatment and go into a dreamy state induced by the endorphins released during treatments.

Are the needles safe?

Yes; absolutely. We always use sterile, disposable needles and keep hands and clinic surfaces scrupulously clean. The needles are used once on each patient and then disposed of in biohazard containers. These containers are sent to a medical waste management company for proper disposal according to laws and regulations.

Are there any side effects to Acupuncture?

One of the reasons that acupuncture has been so well embraced in the West may have to do with its low rate of side effects. “For a medical procedure, you almost cannot get anything that is more benign,” says James Dowden, Executive Administrator of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture. “About the worst thing that can happen is you won’t get better.” 

In 2001, the British Medical Journal (vol. 323, no.7311) published the results of two large-scale studies showing that the benefits of acupuncture far outweigh negative side effects of treatment. The few post-treatment complaints were minor and short-lived, ranging from bruising to needle pain and lasting less than a week, with no serious adverse events noted. In an accompanying editorial, the journal concluded that complications from acupuncture are “remarkably rare and transient” [ranging from 0.1 to 0.7 percent] especially when compared with the rate of adverse drug reactions or prescribing errors in primary care medicine, estimated at 0.5 to 6 percent.

I would like to begin treatment; what do I do next?

Call 01624 817844 to schedule an initial consultation and treatment with us.   If you get our message recording, it means we are busy at that moment and will get back to you as soon as we can.

The initial consultation often consists of a comprehensive health evaluation if required, followed by a treatment that patients often are surprised at in alleviating their ailments almost completely and instantly during that first specialized treatment).  

If further treatment is necessary, a treatment plan can then be developed that will best meet your needs.

Cosmetic Acupuncture

Cosmetic acupuncture is another approach to the diagnosis and treatment of cosmetic and dermatological problems which is mostly based on techniques grounded in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).  

Cosmetic acupuncture is not about beauty but about health. If our physical and emotional health are in good order and are well balanced this will be evident from the condition of our skin. Conversely, if our skin has problems it may be a sign of internal or emotional disorder.

We can discuss common skin and cosmetic problems with you and propose a course of therapy, in conjunction with other Chempaka treatments for an all around therapy.

There are many special non-surgery acupuncture cosmetic beauty “face lifts” being carried out with wonderful results. Once again, with a conjunction of treatments that we offer using traditional Iban, Chinese and Indian herbs and oils in massage, we can help you with making you look younger and healthier. Frown marks and wrinkles have also been treated successfully along with other beauty regimes in reducing them.

Our Treatments

One of the biggest problems we see today is that people don't maintain their body at a level that will keep up with their chosen lifestyle and as a result their body begins to break down with injury and illness from the stress that builds up. Everything that causes stress to the body will bring it that much closer to developing further problems.

This is why being able to recognize and properly deal with the root cause of someone’s stress is also such an important part of the therapist’s job of restoring wellbeing and taking away pain.

The fact that the body is connected and one area relies on all other areas in every way for both movement and support seems lost and the average massage therapist and others.

In fact, this specialized knowledge just wasn’t taught in their schools and on their courses and most are indoctrinated in this same way, perpetuated onwards to the next generations. There are however, a variety of therapies that have evolved around the phenomenon of placing a special pressure, for a sustained period of time, onto an area of excessive soft tissue tension, including specialized acupuncture and/or dry needling.

At the Chempaka Pain Clinic and Chempaka Inner Sanctuary on the Isle of Man, we actually specialize in treating many types of Pain Syndromes and other general poor health conditions using extremely specialised therapy techniques.

Plus the fact that Dr. Percival has some mastery of 6 separate practices of acupuncture, such as TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), Master Tung’s ancient heritage acupuncture, INMAS (Integrative Neuromuscular Acupoint System), IMS (Intramuscular Stimulation), Dr. Tan’s Balance Method and Western Myofacial (trigger point) Dry Needling.

Acute and chronic pain sufferers have come to us, often as a last resort, after standard medicine, (perhaps excessive amounts of pain killers); Physiotherapists and Chiropractors appeared to be able to do no more!

Patients have come in to us in abject pain, ranging from Sciatica, Frozen shoulder, Chronic Back Pain, knees and elbows and many other more obscure pains, but all in constant pain; all hardly able to move, and then albeit painfully, (some after as much as 20 years of pain) – but (and here’s the difference); ALL have left us with relief on their faces and a new spring in theirstep after our treatments and exercise protocol and return, (generally) to continue to repair poor posture and other major facets.

To date, we have had 100% success on all pain sufferers who have come to us for help and “continued” with treatment and carried out our further exercise therapy!

We care very much about people in pain and do everything we can to help and ensure they end up “pain free”.

For thousands of years the Chinese have had this knowledge, while Western man was still dancing around standing stones to cure people, although it is now thought that this form of treatment might also have been found in Europe. Acupuncture and Acupressure points often coincide with the more modern Trigger Points foundation and a concise knowledge of both is rare in a therapist. We have this knowledge.

This is where our clinic flourishes, having the in-depth knowledge of all these modalities that work, with the addition of specialized deep and soft tissue massage. This treatment is added on to with a specialized dynamic cupping, body stretching, myofascial release and Neuro/Myoskeletal alignment and manipulation.

Everybody knows that not every therapy works for every person in every situation which means one of our therapist’s key skills is to know which techniques, exercises and lifestyle changes are also required to treat a particular individual’s problem.

Our mainstream treatment includes evaluating the general health and strength of the muscle tissue, the mechanics of the individual’s body as to any imbalances that may exist, the lifestyle of the patient we are treating and of course the motivation of the patient as to their willingness to put in the required effort to help themselves and support the treatment we are providing.

Our therapists provide the tools, treatment and support but the patient also needs to take an active role in their own recovery for the ultimate results to be achieved. Being Pain Free!

We must state here that not all pain is due to muscle and/or myofascial problems and can be the result of serious conditions, based on disease or injury related and whenever pain occurs, we cannot overemphasize the importance of making a conventional diagnosis with your doctor first.

Acupuncture has been part of the medical mainstream in countries such as China, Japan and Korea (albeit rather different) for many centuries. It is also one of the most widely utilized forms of alternative therapy in the world today.

Due to its popularity, scientific investigation of acupuncture has grown dramatically in recent years, with many new studies reported every week. However, the results have been mixed at best as most acupuncturists are practitioners of TCM.

For those in chronic pain we have the experience, expertise and knowledge to help everyone that comes to us!

Of all the truly wonderful things medical science has achieved over the years, there is a gap and that is successfully dealing with chronic pain and is actually one area they have made very little headway in at all.

In fact I’d even go as far to say they have gone backwards over the past 50 years because Western medical science have introduced MULTITUDES OF PAIN KILLERS, machines and a huge upswing in surgery to do a job that can really be done properly with skilled hands and appropriate knowledge and knowhow.

Not only have people increased the pressure on their body enormously with bodybuilding, fitness programs and sports, (or conversely through years of poor posture, plus compensating body postures), but they have also combined that with much lower nutrition levels and a more sedentary lifestyle for the majority of their day.

The big mistake most therapy’s make in their approach to fixing pain is that they only focus on the area of the body that hurts.

Many medical practitioners treat symptoms, looking at the body as a sum of parts working independently of each other and when you think about it, this is the approach of many forms of therapy you can think of, especially conventional medicine, rather than as “a whole” where every different part of the body is working in unison.  

We have been told by our own patients and clients that they had been going to Chiropractor(s) for many years with the same outcome; feeling somewhat better immediately after, but within a few days the pain returns and are therefore, told to "come back next week!" - each and every week!

We have so many patients come to us after giving up on Doctors, Physiotherapists, Chiropractor's and various other "systems" and their treatments for as many as two years! (and as much as 15 in one case).

All going once a week, or sometimes fortnightly for sometimes only 15 minute treatments - perhaps some patients for 30 minutes if lucky! And still completely not cured of pain! How much did that cost them over all those years?

We had pain free results with these same people after only one session of two hours or more and the pain stayed away!  

They don't mind coming back every now and then for maintenance and aligning the skeleton back to normal as can be achieved, but are all pain free!  

A masseur rubs the area that feels tight or sore and generally doesn’t know what to do if there is nerve involvement, so refers back to the Doctor, Physiotherapist or Chiropractor.

So very often this cycle continues and the poor pain sufferer keeps pouring money out to keep the wheels turning and the months slip by - and then years. It is often a case of: if they don’t fit the standard mold, refer them back to their doctor which effectively keeps them on a medical merry go round of drugs, physiotherapy, PT and in many cases surgery, all of which are frequently unnecessary, often ineffective and rarely, it's sad to say, in the best interests of the patient.

You might be surprised to know that a huge contributing aspect of a body developing pain or problems is stress! Dr. Percival holds a Ph.D as a Psychologist / Neurologist who can often help alleviate that side of the pain aspect. It is often the stress that adds to the pain syndrome and the merry go round keeps turning tighter and tighter.

What Is Acupuncture?

Simply defined, acupuncture is a treatment method aimed at eliciting a response (such as pain relief or internal sickness) through insertion of very fine needles in the body surface at sites called acupuncture points. A related technique called acupressure (or shiatsu) uses pressure on these points; a related therapy known as electroacupuncture applies electricity to the points.

A wide variety of treatment methods, approaches, techniques, styles, and theoretical frameworks exist within the very broad scope of the term acupuncture. Differences in forms of acupuncture are often cultural; the system of acupuncture practiced in Japan, for example, is quite different from that found in China. Many acupuncturists practice a more or less traditional style called Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Others have adopted modern styles that have little or no reliance on traditional principles.

Our own Dr. Percival lived in Asia for over 24 years and besides studying many forms of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine in all those years and receiving Diploma Certification, he had continued his studies into other forms of acupuncture all together for now well nearly 40 years and he still continues his studies.

One of the most effective acupuncture styles which he learned was guarded over many centuries and held secret within a strict family circle and only came to light after the last Master (of the Tung family), fleeing to Taiwan after the Communist Cultural Revolution, allowed it to be passed to a select chosen few (as the last Master Tung had no heir of his own). 

Dr. Percival learned this form while living in Taiwan for 4 years. His ability to speak Chinese made learning more personal and easier to interpret. He then went on to study more in depth the Balance Method.

Tung’s Orthodox Acupuncture was based on generations of Tung’s family teaching and was further developed by the work of renowned Chinese acupuncturist, Master Tung (1915 – 1975). There are at least 500 Tung’s unique acupuncture points all based upon anatomical and topographical concepts.

Most of these Tung’s acupuncture points are totally different from ordinary Chinese TCM points, and these Tung’s points are distributing more on the extremities rather than the torso area. In fact Tung’s acupuncture enjoys enormous respect in the Chinese acupuncture field because of its simplicity and effective treatment in all the main areas of acupuncture. Tung uses System 3 in the Balance Method for the most part and some unorthodox points from the family teaching.

Recent studies revealed some of the Tung’s points bear the resembling of ancient Indian and Tibetan acupuncture points, especially upon those Tibetan micropuncture points.

We use a unique and wonderful Balance System and feel that it is second to none in pain relief. We usually only use it on emergency cases where pain is so bad that something has to be done immediately, before any other treatment can commence. This most often kills the pain immediately. Our clinic uses it to help with normal pain reduction but then goes through our core protocols we have in place to find out what is causing the pain and then go and attack the root cause culprit(s) with our specialist treatment.

As Dr. Percival also holds a PhD in Psychology / Neurology we also use Hypno-Therapy and Binaural beat recordings (using our very own specially generated sounds mixed with Nature sounds) to alter your brainwaves to Alpha and Theta to assist in completely De-Stressing you and more especially after a traditional massage from Tracy, or following our pain relief treatment and will truly transport you deep within yourself and the universe, relaxing you like you've never known before.

We are extremely passionate about our skills and it is YOUR total relief that is paramount in our treatment!

Acupuncture in general

Acupuncture needles are most often inserted at specific locations on the skin called acupuncture points. These points are located on specific lines outlined by tradition, referred to as meridians or channels. According to Chinese medical theory, there are 14 major meridians that form an invisible network connecting the body surface with the internal organs. Meridians are to conduct Qi, the energy or vital force of the body. Pain or illness is said to result from imbalances or blockages in the flow of Qi through the meridians. Acupuncture is traditionally thought to remove such blockages, restore the normal circulation of Qi, and improve overall health by promoting the balance of energy in the system.

In addition to meridians and Qi, the concept of yin and yang is central to acupuncture theory, as it is to all of traditional Chinese philosophy. The terms yin and yang do not represent forces or substances; rather, they are a way to look at the world in terms of the interaction of polar opposites. According to this viewpoint, all movement, growth, and change in the world is a manifestation of the push and pull of these forces. Although seemingly in opposition, these forces are thought to complement and support each other. For example, without rest one cannot exert energy; without becoming tired by exerting energy, it is difficult to sleep. This is just one illustration of the harmony and interaction of yin and yang.

Yang is traditionally associated with heat, power, daylight, summer, and many other active or energetic aspects of life; yin is cold, quiet, and dark. Many illnesses are characterized in terms of an excess or deficiency of either yin or yang, or of both at the same time. For example, when the body is feverish, it is too yang as a whole. There is also a yin and yang balance in each individual organ and part of the body; these can become excessive or deficient, too.

Thus, in TCM, illnesses are described as complex patterns of imbalances and blockages. Treatment is based not on medical diagnosis, but on identifying these problems in the body's energy and seeking to correct them.

History of Acupuncture

Primitive acupuncture needles dating back to around 1000 BC have been discovered in archeological finds of the Shan dynasty in China. The theoretical framework underlying the practice of acupuncture was first set forth in the Inner Classic of Medicine or Nei Jing , first published in 206 BC during the Han dynasty.

As an active and growing tradition, the theory and practice of TCM evolved over the centuries, at times undergoing rapid changes. Acupuncture reached perhaps its golden age under the Ming dynasty in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries.  

Subsequently, it took second place to an ascending practice of herbal medicine . By the time acupuncture came back in vogue in twentieth-century China, it had undergone a major transformation sometimes called the herbalization of acupuncture. Current acupuncture methods given the name Traditional Chinese Medicine are derived to a great extent from this relatively modern revision of the theory. Present-day Japanese acupuncture, however, dates back to earlier versions of acupuncture.

Another major change occurred after the Communist Revolution in 1949. The new leadership, while wanting to carry through a process of modernization, decided to support and preserve traditional medicine. During the Cultural Revolution, the famous "barefoot doctors" were trained in both modern and traditional medicine and sent out to the rural areas to provide medical care for the masses. The training was such that it made it easier to understand for the barefoot doctors and is what is mainly taught and practiced around the world today.

Also today, in the largest and most modern Chinese hospitals, Western medicine and TCM, including acupuncture and herbal treatments, are practiced side by side.

Ear Acupuncture

You may be surprised that modern day 'auricular acupuncture' was not a mainstream Chinese art and is more French in its modern form, albeit Asian when the Frenchman discovered the basics of the art but then refined it to a true art.

In fact Acupuncture entered France through the colonial rule of Vietnam. It was there that, in 1957, the French physician Paul Nogier conceived the notion of auricular (ear) acupuncture. It was said that he saw village peasants who had been treated for pain and other syndromes by "traditional healers of the countryside" and questioned a lady who had burn scars on her ear and told that it was to cure a malady. His further investigation led to a remarkable discovery and study.

According to his theory, the entire body is “mapped” onto the ear in the form of an inverted fetus. Using this system of correspondence, one can, according to Nogier, treat any part of the body by treating the corresponding part of the ear.

This approach was subsequently taken up in China, despite the fact that it had been invented in the West, and had no real foundation in traditional practice. (Classic acupuncture includes only a few points on the ear, and does not refer to any representation of the entire body.)  

Auricular (ear) acupuncture has been seen to work very well in pain relief and also in general curing of illness.