What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture has been used as a preventative medicine in the Far East for over 2000 years. Over recent decades, here in the West, it has been used more often to complement biomedicine and has become more accepted within mainstream medicine. With more and more people shying away from pharmaceuticals, Acupuncture is growing in popularity every year. Many results are documented in treating gynaecological, respiratory and digestive complaints alongside acute and chronic pain relief and much more.

Small, thin, sterile needles are used to stimulate chosen points on the body. They tap into the energy system of the body and cause the release of neurochemical messenger molecules which influence the body’s homeostasis and promote physical and emotional wellbeing. This elicits the healing response, rebalances the body and treats the root cause of the particular signs and symptoms expressed by the body. As well as needles, the Practitioner may use moxibustion, cupping, Tui-na or electro- acupuncture to enhance the results.

Acupuncture with surgery

Pain and nausea after surgery are extremely common. Reducing pain and speeding up healing time is not only beneficial for the patient’s wounds but also for their physiological well being.

There are many side effects associated with anaesthetics, opioids and adjuvant analgesics. Acupuncture can significantly reduce post-operative side effects, such as pain, nausea and dizziness, constipation and improve scarring. Safely, comfortably and naturally.


Research has shown that having an acupuncture treatment before surgery, followed by acupuncture treatments after surgery significantly reduces post-operative pain and other side effects. This can shorten discharge time and help to eliminate discomfort with little to no side effects.

Several recent randomised controlled trials have found acupuncture and electro acupuncture to reduce post-operative pain:

The use of patient-controlled analgesia (opioids) and post-operative nausea and vomiting.

Gemma R Wood LicAc Bsc(hons) MBAcC

Gemma attained her BSc Honours in Chinese Medicine Acupuncture from the University of Westminster London in 2014 and is a member of the UK’s largest professional body, The British Acupuncture Council (BAcC)

She practices Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture (TCM) which involves the use of cupping, Moxibustion, Guasha, Tui-na and electro-acupuncture, as well as the use of thin, sterile needles.

Gemma undertook specialist training at the Yuan Clinic in cosmetic acupuncture in 2015, which she now practices in a central London clinic.  She also practices in a busy multi-disciplinary clinic treating digestive problems, anxiety and insomnia, skin complaints and addiction.  Gemma has been a volunteer at the NHS Lambeth North hospital in South London assisting in the acupuncture chronic pain clinic, and completed 2 years of practice in her University Graduate clinic.

With over 10 years in the beauty industry and an additional 6 years working in Private Medical Aesthetic Clinics in Central London, she now also uses Acupuncture to assist in pre and post-operative surgery

Gemma continues her practical development with workshops, seminars and short courses. She also completes annual Yang sheng projects to enhance and augment her learning.