Acupuncture supports the whole person - the underlying root cause as well as presenting symptoms and stimulates the body's own healing process.
In the Classical Chinese Medicine lineage, the quest to heal means remembering who we are, why we are here and what truly touches our heart.
Through re-connection to our inner self and to all that is around us, we can rekindle the passion and experience the benefits of life with our inner resources.
How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture involves stimulating body walls like skin & muscle to produce a therapeutic effect. It can be used for a wide range of conditions, acute pain, chronic pain, respiratory conditions, skin problems, gastric problems, stress, sleep problems, menstrual problems and many more.
If you picture your body as a city. In this city, there are motorways, big roads, there are streets and small lanes. If everything is fine, the traffic flows nicely. When a car breaks down, the traffic jams up. If the broken car is not fixed, the traffic jam will become worse and worse.
In the body there are meridians, and in these meridians we have Qi flow, energy flow. So for instance, if you hurt your lower back, the local muscle will become very tight. This kind of tightness indicates the blockage of qi flow. To fix the problem, we put needles into the local area, to help the broken car in a way. We also put needles at other parts of the body to direct the traffic and to restore qi flow.
Each time we needle an Acupuncture point, not only it has an effect on our body but its spirit also touches our soul, its healing power infiltrates the cells within our body, the thoughts in our mind and the source of our spirit.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU COME FOR TREATMENT?
Classical Chinese Medicine Practitioner
Mary was awarded her Licentiate in Acupuncture qualification from the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine in 2016, when she received a BSc Hons in Acupuncture from Kingston University in the same year. She then completed a 2-year Five Element Graduate Programme with Ongiara College of Acupuncture & Moxibustion (Canada) in 2018.
Member of Acupuncture Society UKLicentiate in Acupuncture, College of Integrated Chinese Medicine
Certified Practitioner Training Programme, Alaskan Essences (Level 1 completed December 2020)
Mentoring Programme on Classical Chinese Medicine (taught by Dr. Hung D. Tran)
Graduate Programme on Five Element Acupuncture, Ongiara College of Acupuncture & Moxibustion (taught by Niki Bilton)
BSc (Hons) in Acupuncture, Kingston UniversityMasterclass in Facial Enhancement Acupuncture CertificateEmergency First Aid at Work, College of Integrated Chinese Medicine
"Mary has helped me so much with the various health conditions I have. I feel so much more energised when I have seen her as well. She is such a lovely lady who cares very much for her patients."
VG, West Berkshire (2021)
"Mary is the most empathetic and accomplished Acupuncturist I have had the pleasure to work with."
MLH, West Berkshire (2021)
"I have been seeing Mary for nearly 2 years and the difference she has made to my overall health has been fantastic. She is such a professional lady and I really benefit from her treatments."
MH, West Berkshire (2021)
"Fantastic! Love my treatments with Mary."
JC, Hungerford (2021)
"Mary is an amazing Acupuncturist and I always thoroughly enjoy and benefit from my treatments with her."
TM, West Berkshire (2021)
"Mary is incredibly talented, a huge asset to any clinic. She has an innate ability to find blockages and clear them. I have seen many therapists over the years and I haven't found anyone like Mary. She's professional, deeply caring, incredibly kind and thoughtful. I'd be lost without her!"
OS, Hungerford (2021)
"Thank you for bringing me back to myself, I had lost sight of myself for many years, but you held my hand and encouraged me to find the authentic, happy me."
Anonymous, Berkshire (2020)
"I could not recommend Mary more - Mary and her 5 Elements Acupuncture was one of the primary reasons that I was able to re-connect with my body and find the essence of who I was.
Mary helped me to re-establish a relationship with myself and I cannot thank her enough for her support. She is just wonderful."
AM, Newbury (2019)
"Thank you for the treatments you provide they are highly beneficial and have assisted in my wellbeing. This is what is in my heart:
Our bodies are like cars, and inside the car sits our Soul and we are driving around all day long collecting and dropping off toxins.Treating the body with love and respect, like you would a best friend, will balance your mind, body and soul tobe at its best for work, rest and play.
Mary's treatments have been supportive to me as a whole as she facilitates a space where my bodycan let go and TRUST in the process each time.
This has helped me endlessly as I am now able to quickly process and cleanse on a day to day, and month to month basis. Prior to Mary's treatments my body was not communicating efficiently and now is.
I highly recommend Mary as a Master in her field who is continually learning herself and is passionate about helping people to live a full life."
TH, Newbury (2019) ~~
"I always come away from our sessions feeling so much more relaxed and balanced. The benefits have been significant, overall a feeling of being much more in balance physically and emotionally. I feel much stronger as a result. I appreciate Mary's thoughtfulness and thoroughness, the way she checks constantly to see what my body is telling her and her care in finding the right treatment and responses. Of all the various therapies I have tried, acupuncture with Mary has been the most effective.
Benefits have included the gradual return of some feeling in my feet, greater resilience emotionally and greater ease in riding out some of the challenges life throws at you, improved management of pain in lower back and shoulders … and while it hasn’t gone away, I realise that my dodgy knee troubles me less. I also have more energy. So, it is very positive all around.
The sessions themselves are relaxing. I tend to see things in terms of colours and patterns and I find it interesting to note both colour and physical reaction to the treatments.
Thank you for bringing balance and healing to my busy life. It has, and continues to, make a very positive difference to my life."
CK, Hungerford (2019)
"Over a year ago, I went to Mary Chan suffering from severe anxiety and depression, as well as some other digestive and sleep disorders associated with those conditions. I was scared about having needles put into my body (as I was completely new to acupuncture) but felt so desperate to try anything that may work that I swallowed my fear and went.
Nearly a year and a half later, I have Mary to thank for an absolutely incredible experience which I believe has helped me more than the SSRI tablets that I was taking for nine years (Citalopram). I had acupuncture most weeks for six months and now I enjoy an hour’s session every other week. I also proud to think of Mary as my friend.
Mary customised a flexible program for me, made up of a mixture of treatments including tuning forks, Moxibustion and fine-needling. I think I was lucky to have felt the effects from the very first session and I can certainly testify to an impressive improvement in my condition, as part of a multi-approach strategy including walking and counselling.
As for my fear of needles…they are so thin that I do not even feel the vast majority of them! In fact, I usually ask Mary to insert some more because I feel they work so well. I do hope that Mary is able to help you heal yourself too."
SP, Bucklebury (2019)
"I just want to write a little note to say thank you for all the help & support you've been giving me for the last year. You truly are a miracle worker. Quite honestly you've changed my life for the better and you're still helping me transform into a stronger, happier and healthier person.
I honestly don't know how to thank you enough. I can't believed how much I've changed since last year, it's amazing. I'm so proud of where I am now and I know life will just keep getting better.
I can't really comprehend all the changes you & acupuncture have made in my life. I also don't fully understand how it all works, but that's part of the magic!! You have a wonderful skill, you just seem to always know what to say & how to help - you truly are heaven sent.I really just wanted to write to give you my heart-felt thanks. Please know I'm so grateful for all you do for me, for all the support and loving energy you give. My life is so much richer because of all you do and the energy you give off, so thank you from the bottom of my heart."
LB, Newbury (2018)
"In the past I had acupuncture for a specific immediate symptom. Now, with Mary, it is a way of life. I believe whole-heartedly in her way of healing and maintaining health. I won't ever stop it now.I feel so relaxed and safe with Mary. I'd trust her with anything she does. She is so in tune and aware she often knows what's going on in my body before I've said anything. I feel so lucky to have found Mary!"
LP, Newbury (2017)
"Mary gave me an 'emergency' acupuncture treatment whilst I was suffering from laryngitis, I'd completely lost my voice. Having never had acupuncture before I didn't know what to expect but I didn't even feel the needles go in!
The treatment worked wonders, by that evening I was already feeling an improvement and by the next day my voice had returned. I couldn't recommend Mary more highly, she made me feel very at ease during the treatment and most importantly it worked!"
LB, Thatcham (2017)
"After three sessions of treatment from Mary, the irritated nerve in my spine was calm and I was soon back to full fitness. The treatment (Lower Back Pain) was 100% effective and I have had no recurrence of the symptoms.Impressed by the whole body approach of the treatment and by Mary’s confident and caring manner, I am happy to recommend Mary Chan Classical Acupuncture."FC, Newbury (2016)
"I came to see Mary for help with stomach acid, and whilst I had had acupuncture before and found it really helped I do have a sensitive body and I found that for me the tuning forks were a godsend. It is a very gentle way of receiving healing energies without the needles but with exactly the same effect. I would thoroughly recommend this method and Mary for her gentle and knowledgeable treatments."LR, Reading (2016)
"The key reason for seeking Acupuncture treatment was because a doctor advised me that nothing could be done to relieve arthritis in my wrists. Amazingly, the pain & discomfort has reduced to less than 5% - most of the time I do not have any pain at all, the outcome has exceed all my expectations!Mary took time to understand why I came for the treatment and made sure I was aware of what was happening each step of the way. It was easy to build a great rapport with her that made me feel comfortable to discuss my emotions as well as physical ailments."HB, Caversham (2016)
CONDITIONS COMMONLY TREATED
Acupuncture has a proven track record. The British Acupuncture Council compiles and provides the latest evidence based research on acupuncture.
It currently lists over 60 health conditions where acupuncture has proved effective:
Arrhythmias and Heart FailureBack painBell’s palsy
Carpal tunnel syndrome
ChildbirthChronic fatigue syndromeChronic painColds and flu
Coronary heart disease
Eczema and Psoriasis
Gastrointestinal tract disorders
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
Nausea and vomiting
Post-traumatic stress disorder
Information can be found on the British Acupuncture Council website. Please visit their Factsheet section for summaries of research and how acupuncture may be beneficial.
HOW DOES ACUPUNCTURE WORK?
Mary offers treatment in Newbury, Berkshire.
Newbury Chiropractor Centre
Wednesday: 8:30am - 6pm
Thursday: 8:30am - 6pm
Friday: 8:30am - 5:30pm
Saturday (alt): 8:30am - 1pm
21 Old Newtown Road
Berkshire RG14 7DP
Frequently asked questions
What happens when you come for treatment?
The first session will last approximately 1.5 hours, which includes a detailed consultation of your health, lifestyle and symptoms. During the consultation, Mary will also take your pulses on both wrists, look at your tongue, and palpate any areas of tenderness or pain. You will also receive a preliminary treatment in this initial consultation.Follow up treatments typically last 45-60 minutes. Each treatment is unique to you and points are carefully chosen to suit the best treatment care.It is best if you do not come to your appointment on an empty stomach. You should have something to eat beforehand. It does not have to be a full meal, it can be something small such as a piece of fruit.
What does it feel like?
The needles used are extremely fine (about the width of two fine head hairs), sterile and disposable. In most cases there is a very slight “prick” as the needle enters the skin, sometimes followed by a tingling or numbness as it reaches the acupuncture point. The sensation is quite acceptable and only lasts 1-2 seconds. Responses to treatment can sometimes include tiredness, and very occasionally minor bruising may occur. All such reactions are short-lived.
Is it safe?
Chinese Medicine offers a natural, efficient and promising alternative medical discipline. Acupuncture with a trained and fully qualified practitioner is one of the safest forms of healthcare. It can be used effectively alongside conventional medicine and is suitable for people of all ages, including pregnant women and children.
How many sessions will I need?
Every individual is unique and response varies. Weekly treatments are normal to begin with, reducing in frequency as your body responds. The effect is usually felt within five or six treatments. Occasionally just one or two treatments are sufficient.
How much does it cost?
Initial Consultation (1.5-hour) : £100Follow up session (1-hour) : £65 / (30-minute) £35
Free 15-minute consultation with no obligation by phone or in person.
Should my doctor know?
If you have been prescribed medication we recommend you tell your doctor that you plan to have acupuncture. Do not stop taking your medication. You should tell your acupuncturist about any medication and supplements you are taking. Acupuncturists are trained to recognise potentially serious underlying health conditions and will refer you to your GP if they consider it appropriate.
Will my health insurance pay for acupuncture?
Most health insurance policies cover the cost of treatments with licensed acupuncturists. You should check with your insurer directly.
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