After seeking clarification from PHE, my professional bodies the British Acupuncture Association (BAA) and the British Acupuncture Federation (BAF) have given us new guidelines to be followed during our January lockdown.
According to these guidelines, I am only allowed to offer treatments regarded as "medical or emergency". Which include:
•Anyone in pain.
•People with ongoing issues (that if left without treatment could cause severe relapse).
•Medical issues such as fertility and other medically classed treatments (COPD/MS/M.E., etc).
•Treatments where time based considerations are important (e.g. IVF)
•Mental health support for vulnerable people.
I have a strict protocol to minimise the risk of viral spread in my clinics following government and professional guidelines. However, with covid cases rising rapidly everywhere in the country, I have to emphasise to you that unless you are in need of immediate treatment, it would be advisable to wait until the viral situation is under control.
Please get in touch to discuss anything about your symptoms and treatment. As well as offering Acupuncture for those with medical needs, I am offering remote herbal consultations and treatment and I would be happy to give you advice or show you self-treatment techniques.
Wishing you health and peace in this turbulent times.
Sandra Arbelaez MSc CHM, Lic Acu, MBAA, MBAF, MRCHM
Chinese Medicine Bristol is run by Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine practitioner Sandra Arbelaez who offers tailored-made holistic care based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Sandra aims not only to provide treatment for your existing symptoms, but to show you ways to prevent their recurrence and promote balance in your mind and body. Illness and crisis can be very difficult and confusing for us all, but they can also be turned into opportunities for healing, growth, and self-discovery. Sandra strives to promote better health and provide support and guidance in discovering the potential hidden within chronic illnesses and life crises which can ultimately inspire us and teach us how to live a healthier, happier, and more fulfilling life.
Sandra has worked hard to implement a safe way to practice to be able to continue helping you with any physical, mental, and emotional health issues. Clinic times and treatments on offer are subject to constantly changing guidelines so please ask us about current recommendations.
A thorough assessment of your past and present health applying Traditional Chinese Medicine - TCM principles, results in an individual diagnosis which serves as the basis for your personal treatment plan. You will be given life-style and dietary advice and will be offered the most suitable treatments to your present condition and constitution.
Different Acupuncture systems can be used to address a variety of physical, emotional and mental symptoms ranging from chronic pain to depression and anxiety. Each system uses specific points located in the body, scalp, or ear. Moxibustion is often added to increase the efficacy of treatments.
Combinations of herbs specifically designed for you may be the most effective way to deal with deep-seated, long-term, or stubborn symptoms. Chinese Herbal Medicine (CHM) is the most important treatment modality used in China as part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
Deep tissue massage is offered not as a sole treatment but as a manipulative technique used alongside Acupuncture for the treatment of stubborn chronic pain from long-term damage or injury.
Gentle yet powerful, Reiki can be used alone or combined with Acupuncture or other treatments to induce relaxation and peace, and to enhance the effects of other treatments.
There are tens of thousands of people from different parts of the world living in the Refugee camps of Lesbos Island in Greece. All of them have lived through traumatic experiences which forced them to leave their homes, and are now living in dire conditions in overcrowded refugee camps. Sandra gives cares to them by Acupuncture and holistic Chinese Medicine treatments.
Chinese Medicine Bristol will stay open to help you with any physical or mental/emotional health issues as advised by Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine professional bodies BAA, BAF, and RCHM. Following restrictions, I won't be able to provide treatments for wellbeing or relaxation during this time and appointments will only be available at Gloucester Rd and the Brightwell. I will continue to follow the government and professional advice to prevent viral spread with a commitment to keep us all safe. Please contact me with any queries regarding this.