ACUPUNCTURE – RICHARD NEWMAN

Richard works with us at our base within the treatment rooms in Sandbanks Yacht Company on Mondays. To book in for an initial consultation or for more information please contact him direct:

by email: richard@bournemouthacupuncture.co.uk

by phone: +44 7919163619

Richard Newman Lic Ac has been studying Chinese medicine for over 12 years and is very passionate about acupuncture and Chinese medicine. He is also committed to improving people’s lives through successful treatment. Since 2009 Richard has helped hundreds of patients with a variety of chronic health issues, ranging from digestive problems to chronic pain.
Since a young age, Richard has always had a fascination with Chinese medicine, healing and Eastern cultures. He has been an avid student of Qi gong and meditation since 2002. After making many drastic changes to his lifestyle in his late teens, Richard was inspired to dedicate his career path to helping others regain their health.
For over 3 years Richard practiced acupuncture around the world on board cruise ships. This enabled him to educate and introduce this great medicine to a wide range of people from many different countries.
He received a Masters Practitioner Diploma in Tui Na Massage (Chinese Medical Massage) from The Bodyharmonics Centre in 1999 and a BSc Hons Degree in Acupuncture from The College of Integrated Chinese Medicine in 2009. Richard has also completed specialist courses in Cosmetic Acupuncture, Auricular Therapy and more recently “Balance Method” acupuncture with Dr Tan.

Acupuncture needles in a woman's backWhat is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine practiced for thousands of years in China and other Eastern countries.  Since making its way west, it has quickly become one of the fastest growing alternative therapies and is often used to complement and enhance the benefits of conventional medicine.  Acupuncture subscribes to the ancient view that the basis of good health is the harmonious balance of qi (chi), the vital life force that empowers the body.  When the Qi can flow freely, health abounds.  If this energy becomes stagnant or blocked, then the effects will result in loss of energy and the deterioration of well-being.  The acupuncturist’s goal is to release blocked energy by applying sterilized needles to key points on the body to restore balance and improve health.
The WHO (World Health Organization) has identified that Acupuncture can treat the following conditions successfully.
Please note that there are plenty of additional conditions which centuries of empirical data have shown acupuncture treats effectively but for which there is little or no modern western research.
Psychological Conditions
Somatization disorder
Neurological Conditions
Headache and migraine
Trigeminal neuralgia
Facial palsy (early stage, within three to six months)
Paresis following stroke
Peripheral neuropathies
Meniere’s Disease
Nocturnal enuresis
Cervicobrachial syndrome
Neurogenic bladder dysfunction
Intercostal neuralgia
Disc problems
Muscular-skeletal Conditions
Muscle pain, swelling, stiffness and weakness
Localized traumatic injuries, sprains, strains, tendinitis, contractures
Work and sports related injuries
Low back and/or neck strain
“Frozen shoulder”, “tennis elbow”
Respiratory System Conditions
Acute sinusitis
Acute rhinitis
Common cold and allergies*
Acute tonsillitis
Acute bronchitis
Bronchial asthma
Conditions of the Eye, Ear, Nose & Mouth
Acute conjunctivitis
Central retinitis
Myopia (in children)
Cataract (without complications)
Toothaches, post extraction pain
Acute and chronic pharyngitis
Gastrointestinal Conditions
Spasms of esophagus and cardiac
Irritable bowel and colitis
Acute and chronic gastritis
Gastric hyperacidity (i.e. acid reflux)
Chronic duodenal ulcer (pain relief)
Acute duodenal ulcer (without complication)
Acute and chronic colitis
Acute bacillary dysentery
Paralytic ileus
Gynecological Conditions
Infertility *

Menopause syndrome
Benign irregular menstruation

Benign amenorrhea
Cardiovascular Conditions
Essential hypertension
Other Conditions
Withdrawal from street and pharmacological drugs
Appetite suppression

“Balance method Acupuncture”
This system of treatment was developed by Dr. Richard Teh-Fu Tan, with strong influences from Master Tung and Dr. Chao Chen’s I Ching Acupuncture. The common thread among these three great modern acupuncturists is their Taiwanese origin. During the Cultural Revolution in China, many of the best Chinese medical practitioners escaped communism by relocating to Taiwan. This allowed a pure form of Chinese medicine to persist without the injection of the communist government’s views.

Advanced Style of Acupuncture Treatment

It is a common misconception that acupuncture should be given to the affected area of a patient’s disease. This concept of “local” treatment is actually less effective and misses the magic of acupuncture theory. The body possesses a complex system of connections, primarily made of nerves and blood vessels. Acupuncture uses its meridian system to describe the functional organization of these connections to help relieve pain and improve bodily functions. As Dr. Tan famously tells his students, “the switch is not on the light”, meaning that the local area is not the ideal location for treatment.
The Balance Method uses powerful “distal” acupuncture points on the arms and legs to treat all aspects of the body. Balance Method Acupuncture is unique in its ability to obtain instantaneous results for pain. After insertion of the needles, most patients can immediately feel a decrease in pain level and improved range of motion.
Another advantage of these distal point locations is their accessibility without the need to remove the patient’s clothing.
The points used during Balance Method Acupuncture treatments are considered to be the most powerful points on each meridian, according to classical Chinese theory. These locations were originally detailed in the oldest known Chinese medical text: The Yellow Emperor’s Inner Classic. Their use also highlights Dr. Tan’s “light switch” example: put the switch in an accessible place, like on the wall beside the door (in acupuncture terms: the arms and legs).