What is Acupuncture Treatment?

Traditional Chinese acupuncture treatment dates back some 5,000 years, making it one of the world’s oldest systems of medicine.

The aim of acupuncture treatment is to rejuvenate the mind, body and spirit, promoting relaxation and stimulating a person’s own healing power by harmonising their vital energy called Ch’i or Ki. This vital energy travels through the body along pathways called meridians. Each meridian corresponds to one of twelve organs or functions such as the heart, spleen and lungs.

Although named after the organs, the functions of the meridians are much wider and encompass the whole being at the mental, emotional and physical level. Wherever there is a block in energy flow, trauma ensues which eventually manifests as disease i.e. not being at ease. This imbalance in a person’s vital energy may manifest itself as a backache, headache, depression or in many other ways. By inserting very fine sterilized Acupuncture needles in specific points, the practitioner summons energy to places most in need and disperses energy from areas where it is congested, thus restoring balance to the whole body.

Apart from my experience of several thousand individual treatment sessions since I became a full time Practitioner of Holistic Medicine in 1988 practicing from Malvern and Worcester, I have specialised in Lifestyle changes, which help my clients develop habits that enhance a return to optimum health. By enabling my clients to make these changes I have found that they often advance to a lifetime of Improving Health and Peace of Mind, which is inspiring to both of us!

Only recently ( 15th August 2015) did I come across the teachings of the world-famous Dr John H. Shen, from New York, (born Shanghai 1914 -2000).
”Dr. Shen repeatedly said, “Chinese Medicine is in the life lived”. More specifically, he said, “In Chinese medicine, ten percent is treatment, and ninety percent in the life and how you live it”.
He was explaining that the truly successful practice of Chinese medicine comes not just from the application of herbs or acupuncture, but also from attempts to understand patients’ lives, ascertain the cause(s) of their complaints, and help them to achieve lasting change through altering the way they live.”

When I read that I was enthralled, because that’s what I’ve been practicing for 27 years, something I developed on my own. That is why I put such emphasis on giving my patients simple, do-able practices that will enhance their lives, based on my in-depth study of many disciplines since 1975. These practices change their lives, sometimes dramatically. That is why after almost 3 decades of practice, I still allow 1 hour for my patients, as it helps me understand their lives more profoundly. Some Acupuncture colleagues only give 30 minutes per session, and that’s after 5 years in practice!

I offer a FREE 17-minute interview at our base in Malvern, Worcestershire, or by phone to enable you to discuss your particular issues and to meet me. As I am interested in helping you make profound changes to your health and well-being (assuming that that is what you want!), it is useful for you to know that you can work with me congenially.

What can Acupuncture help?

Many people come to Acupuncture for help with a specific symptom or condition, for example: 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 or ulcers. Extensive practice and worldwide research has shown Acupuncture’s effectiveness in helping these and many other conditions.

The effect of good Acupuncture, however, is to do more than simply cure the symptom. Acupuncture directed at restoring the overall energy balance will deal with the condition, as well, help the patient feel better in a general way. Hence the frequent comment: ‘I’m feeling better in myself’, which refers to such things as increased energy and vitality, greater enjoyment of life, greater confidence, better sleep or a more normal appetite.

Moxibustion, a treatment where a combination of healing herbs,are heated over specific points is also used where necessary, to warm and invigorate the energy.

WHO LogoAcupuncture is acknowledged to be one of the most powerful of all systems of Holistic Medicine. Altair is a member of the British Acupuncture Council, the UK’s largest register of professional Acupuncturists.

Research by the World Health Organisation has shown that Acupuncture has been clinically proven to work on a wide range of ailments. Please check out their website for further detail. Also please contact Altair if you have questions about your particular problem.


The initial consultation takes about two hours and is very important. It takes into account medical history, sleep patterns, diet etc., and the client’s present condition. This information is essential in determining the energetic cause of the problem and the treatment that is required. In Holistic Medicine it is known that the energetic systems precede the physical manifestation of a symptom.

The initial visit will also include a physical examination. Abdominal, pulse and tongue diagnoses are made.

Over 5,000 years Oriental Medicine has developed eight different ways of diagnosis, which are cross- checked. We use Tongue and Pulses (very different to Western diagnosis. Rather than just take the pulse speed, we have 12 pulses relating to the different organs systems. Each pulse has 28 possible quailites!), as well as colour/hue of the face, sound of the voice, odour, emotion, touch and questioning. This makes it the world’s most sophisticated system of medicine. Most other systems only encompass one or two ways of diagnosis eg touch or questioning etc.

Subsequent sessions take an hour. After an initial discussion of the clients condition the treatment begins.

Response to acupuncture treatment

Every individual is unique, so response to acupuncture treatment varies from person to person. The age of the patient, depth of the disease, and how long it has been going on have to be taken into account in assessing how quickly the client will improve. Often clients ask how many sessions they will require. It is impossible to generalise, as even two people with similar complaints may need to come for different periods of time.

In acute conditions the client is advised to attend weekly. When the condition stabilises they can come fortnightly, monthly and so on. The whole process is individual and the practitioner and client can together decide on the best course of action.

Clients generally come to realise that they possess the full power to be healthy and happy. It becomes a matter of choice and of personal commitment, since without their co-operation no recovery in the real sense of the word can happen. The relationship between client and practitioner becomes one of guidance and support; the client learns how to be independent and self-reliant and how to maintain a state of well-being throughout one’s life.


Altair has helped me for many, many years now. I would go to no one else. I have complete faith in his Acupuncture and Shiatsu treatments and go regularly to keep myself in the best possible health. I particularly like Altair’s all-encompassing holistic approach to well-being and rely on his advice and treatment to enable me to lead as healthy a life as possible. On many occasions I have gone to Altair with a lot of pain. I have long standing back, shoulder and neck problems and the relief is immense. His “seasonal “ Acupuncture treatments are so energising and important in this busy, stressful world we live in.

I believe life is for living to the full and in the best possible health you can be and Altair’s treatment enables me to achieve this
Angie Green, SEO, Civil Service, Worcester

I have been seeing Altair for around 8 months where he has been treating me using Acupuncture. These sessions have had a tremendous effect on my well being and I have felt fully supported by Altair through the process. He has also recommended many ways I can improve my lifestyle along with suggesting many fascinating books to read. His approach also deals with the power of the mind and positive thinking. I would recommend Altair to anyone who thinks they need to change their lifestyle and change the way they think. He truly is an inspiration.
Simon Dawes, Entrepreneur, Birtsmorton Court Weddings

“After suffering terribly with headaches for 8 years and taking a plethora or drugs to try to control it, with little or no success, I decided to go down an alternative route.
I had been down and fed up due to 6 or 7 headaches a week and migraines twice a week, I didn’t know what to do with my self.

With some scepticism, I went along to Altair after finding his services on the web, looking for a solution.
I told Altair I was fed up with feeling constant pain and that I had once managed to have a headache for 47 days in a row – pain killers do not work, and neither do preventative drugs such as amitriptyline.
Altair told me straight off, he could help me.

After a few weeks of treatment, I realised my appetite was starting to come back, I could sleep more easily, I felt relaxed and I could actually feel myself starting to smile.
Since starting treatment on 13th April 2011, I have only had one migraine – which was due to me not following Altair’s advice properly! My headaches have also greatly reduced in frequency, now I have at most, one a week.

I am now prescription drug free and a lot less stressed about headaches”.
Daniel Robert Fishenden, Requirements Consultant, Requirements & ITEA

“When I went for my appointment with Altair – a session of acupuncture to help me stop smoking – I told him that I didn’t believe it would work. I started smoking when I was 14 and apart from when I was pregnant, have smoked up to 20 a day ever since – I’m now 52.

I decided to stop smoking in 2003 and thought it would be easy. First I tried will-power but that was hopeless. I went to a hypnotist, but that didn’t work. So began seven years of trying every non-smoking product, theory and practice available: acupuncture, NLP, hypnotherapy, Shen therapy, some weird electrical therapy, patches, gum, mints, tablets (though I stopped short of Champix etc. as the side-effects sounded too alarming). Sometimes I’d get down to one a day – I even stopped for a few weeks once, but I knew I was only ever a puff away from the next one, and sure enough, one puff was all it took to get me back up to 10, 15, 20 a day again.

I’m also ashamed to say that even the fact that my brother – who used to be a heavy smoker – died of lung cancer four years ago didn’t make me stop.

Last week, perhaps as a result of some very stressful changes going on in my life, I realised I was on full-strength nicotine patches AND still smoking 10 a day, sometimes more. I thought I’d give acupuncture another go, though I was sure it would be a waste of time and money – I just felt I had to keep trying. I asked Altair how many sessions it would take. “Just one,” he said, and I laughed.

When the time came for my appointment, I hadn’t thrown away my cigarettes beforehand as Altair suggested – no way! Usually I have whatever therapy, get back home and light up. He said I should have done, but only a committed smoker (or drug addict…) knows the terror and agony of wanting a cigarette and not being able to have one especially in the middle of the night when the shops are shut (“I’d probably walk the streets looking for cigarette butts,” I told Altair).

The session went ahead. When I got home, I was conscious of actually NOT wanting a cigarette. Of course I thought about smoking all day, but each time I expected to want to run to the half-full packet and light up, it didn’t happen – I realised I didn’t need one. Hours went by and apart from once or twice having a hint of wanting one, it only lasted a couple of seconds and then disappeared.

It’s been nearly a week and I still haven’t smoked and still don’t want to – in fact, for the first time in my smoking life, I can honestly say “I am not a smoker and never want to be one again”. It hasn’t just been easy, it’s been amazing, fantastic – a miracle! I feel wonderful already, free of the obsession and control of those vile greedy corporations (and my own demons) which got me addicted in the first place.

I can’t thank Altair enough for helping me achieve this (and for the years of wonderful Shiatsu treatments which help keep me balanced and calm even when my world is spinning out of control).
Thank you, Altair.
With love from Carly”

“My wife has been receiving treatment from Altair Anjilo de Almeida for about two years including Acupuncture & advice regarding Diet, Vitamin Intake and Remedies for a skin condition caused by earlier Steroid injections for pain relief.

The benefits have been quite outstanding for pain relief from Arthritis without any side effects associated with more traditional procedures e.g  injections or oral prescriptions

Although she is due to have a hip replacement shortly Acupuncture has helped to alleviate the pain and  she will continue this treatment after the operation.

To prove to herself that Acupuncture was effective in providing pain relief she purposely went for two months without treatment only for the pain to return.

Obviously a worn hip joint will never heal  itself, so surgery is necessary but up to the point of surgery Acupuncture has certainly provided great relief and considerably helped her well being.

I recommend to anyone suffering from pain in whatever form to seek advice from Altair who has had many years of practical and invaluable experience.”
Roger M. Messenger, Retired civil engineer, Abberley, Worcs



In order to gain maximum benefit from treatment the following guidelines are:

  • It is best to avoid heavy meals or alcohol on the day of treatment.
  • Have a light meal at least one hour before the session.
  • Do not take a long hot bath on the day of treatment.
  • For the treatment wear loose clothing, preferably cotton.

For more information or to book an appointment please contact me here.

Battle Field Acupuncture

So called because it has been successfully used in the US army. I was skeptical when I first heard about it,as it claims to remove or reduce pain very quickly. Having trained with Colonel Pickett, a doctor in the US Air Force,I have seen amazingly quick pain relief in patients,and so I am very happy to recommend it to those in acute or chronic pain.

The US military has recently been awarded a 6 million dollar grant to incorporate Battlefield Acupuncture into its entire healthcare system. The military is the largest healthcare provider in the USA and they have seen the unparalleled results Battlefield Acupuncture it has brought to its members.

More information can be found on the website by clicking here.