Anna Townend BSc, Lic Ac, MBAcC, CAUK
Anna is trained in both Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Five Element Acupuncture. The integration of these disciplines offers patients a unique treatment to restore balance physically, emotionally and spiritually.
Anna became interested in acupuncture when she was successfully treated for longstanding recurring headaches. She comes from a family with a strong tradition of helping others, and coupled with her own experience of acupuncture she was inspired to change the direction of her life and study as an acupuncturist. Never would she have predicted that by studying this medicine she would learn so much about herself.
The principle aim of acupuncture is to recover a healthy and natural balance between the physical and emotional self. Balance in life is incredibly hard to achieve, a constant battle Anna admits struggling with to this day. However, it is imperative to maintaining the desired state of harmony in life, something she now instills in her family.
When Anna treats she looks at the person as a whole, exploring the underlying cause with a sensitive and thoughtful approach. Patients often walk away not only having resolved their main complaint but also with a greater sense of overall wellbeing and self-awareness about what is important to maintain that balance.
Anna keeps a general practice treating a broad range of conditions but has a special interest in areas of pain and injury recovery, stress-related illnesses, digestive problems, women’s health and facial acupuncture. In all cases treatment is tailored to each individual.
Anna graduated from the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine, one of the most highly regarded colleges in the country. She is a member of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC), the largest body of professional acupuncturists in the UK, which guarantees excellence in training, safe practice and codes of conduct. She is committed to ongoing professional development, and fully insured.
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a dynamic medicine capable of creating beneficial change for people. The effect of good acupuncture is to do more than just relieve physical symptoms. Its greatest strength is that it treats each patient individually, with the focus on them, not their illness. No two people are the same, so a personalised treatment plan is devised.
Anna combines probably the two most popular forms of traditional acupuncture, which are TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) and Five Element. She also uses techniques such as moxibustion, electro-acupuncture, cupping and guasha.
TCM has been practiced for over 2,000 years and is an ancient healing system that can treat a wide range of physical, mental and emotional symptoms.
The Five Element form focuses mainly on treating the underlying spirit or essence of the person. This can bring about profound changes in a person's sense of wellbeing, restoring harmony and balance in the body.
how does it work?
Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body to regulate the flow of energy. These points lie on a network of energy channels.
Energy can become compromised or blocked for a number of lifestyle and environmental reasons, which can result in symptoms of pain and illness.
The needles are used to release these blocks and stimulate the flow of energy so that the body can initiate its own healing, bringing the body and mind back to health.
why choose acupuncture?
Acupuncture is widely used and valued all over the world.
This ancient treatment recognises that to treat a person's health you have to look at their physical, mental and spiritual state to fully understand and treat the illness. The emphasis is on treating the root of the problem and all factors that contribute to the illness rather than the isolated treatment of specific symptoms. For this reason, treatment is considered to benefit a broad range of conditions, acute and chronic.
For the latest research and evidence-based facts on various conditions see the British Acupuncture Council
What is IT?
Cosmetic acupuncture is also known as facial enhancement or rejuvenation. It is a totally natural, non-surgical facial that more people are turning to as a viable and highly acclaimed alternative to more invasive treatments. It involves placing tiny, painless acupuncture needles into various points on the face.
Anna will also needle points on your legs, arms and body to help balance and harmonise your internal organs. Through this approach, better and longer-lasting results can be achieved. This is why over the course of treatments you will also start to feel more balanced and happy in yourself; the effects run far deeper than simply improving your appearance.
It is about how we feel inside and how those feelings are expressed on your face. If your system is happy, healthy and working well, then your skin will work well too.
What can cosmetic acupuncture do?
The treatment increases local circulation of blood and lymph to the face, improves muscle tone and encourages tightening of the pores. It promotes the skin's self-repairing mechanisms, stimulating the production of collagen which keeps the skin looking youthful.
It greatly reduces stress evident in the face, improving your general overall appearance.
What happens in a treatment?
At the first appointment, a full assessment of your medical history and any underlying health problems is taken.
A course of treatment is recommended to maximize the effect. Most patients notice a difference after a few sessions; however, the effects become most noticeable and lasting after more. Each person responds differently, depending on their skin and lifestyle. Following the initial course of treatment, maintenance treatments can prolong the results for many more years.
Anna completed training with Facial Enhance UK. For more information please visit www.facialenhance.co.uk.
There are various different methodologies that can be implemented to help address imbalance, the key ones are illustrated below.
Most people’s experience of needles is of those used for injections and blood tests. Acupuncture needles bear little resemblance to these and are as fine as a human hair.
The needle sensation is often described as a tingling or dull ache. Many people experience a pleasant feeling of relaxation. Some needles are left in place for approximately 20 minutes, while others are just ‘in and out’ within a few seconds.
This involves putting suction cups over the skin to increase blood circulation in the area, and is therefore particularly useful in treating stiffness and pain. It is great for the common cold too.
The cups can be left in one place or slowly moved around, like a cupping massage. Skin markings are common when cups are removed, varying from simple red rings to discolouration not dissimilar to a bruise in appearance, but they cause no pain. The marks indicate pathogens and toxins are being drawn out, and typically last only a few days.
A therapeutic herb used to expel cold and warm the channels. As the herb is lit, heat permeates the skin and affects the flow of energy and blood in the area being treated.
This is an incredibly soothing treatment that many find effective for muscular skeletal pain and arthritic complaints.
A round-edged instrument is used to apply pressure to the skin, promoting blood circulation and releasing tension in muscles and joints.
Small red or purple spots (petechiae) called ‘sha’ appear on the skin. The skin is not damaged in any way and the redness fades in a few days.
Electro-acupuncture involves running a small electric current between two acupuncture needles, usually for no more than 30 minutes.
Treatment improves blood flow to the area, stimulating points to release blockages. It is very effective for pain management and inducing childbirth.
Initial Consultation Including Treatment
60-90 mins £65
45-60 mins £50
Book a course of 5 for £225
Initial Consultation Including Treatment
2 hrs £110
Subsequent Cosmetic Treatments
90 mins £95
Book a course of 4 for £325
Book a course of 5 for £385
Cancellations - Please give 24 hrs notice if you are unable to attend your appointment to avoid being charged
Please get in touch to discuss your specific treatment needs.
75 Woodfield Road
From Ealing Broadway a 15 minute walk or 5 minutes by bus, E2 or E9
"I saw Anna partly out of curiosity but also because of several seemingly unrelated things that didn't feel right for example waking up most mornings with a streaming nose and tired knees. Anna has a lovely way of putting you at your ease, asking you wide ranging questions and gently explaining what she is going to do.
The treatments made real and sometimes unexpected changes. Some things happened very quickly like getting a shot of clear energy and others took me some time to notice. For example my sinus headaches have completely stopped and I still haven't had one. After seeing Anna I feel like I've been fine tuned! I highly recommend her. Thank you."
“I visited Anna to get treatment for several issues – general anxiety and stress, muscular pain and stopping smoking. I had never had acupuncture before so was a little apprehensive on my first visit, but Anna put me totally at ease and explained the procedures clearly and professionally throughout.
Receiving treatment in a warm and welcoming home environment meant I felt really relaxed from the get-go, and her overarching sense of calm and confidence meant that I felt in safe hands and really looked forward to my sessions.
My anxiety levels dropped dramatically after the very first treatment (and continued to remain low), which had a knock-on effect on both the muscular problems and the smoking. I felt totally re-energised and was amazed at how brilliant her treatments were. I am now a complete acupuncture convert and look forward to visiting again. I cannot recommend her highly enough.”
"I first came to see Anna because of tinnitus, which I had been suffering from intermittently for months. Not only did the treatment help with my symptoms but I also found that it really relaxed me and forced me to sit still and think about what’s going on in my body. As a result of this my sleep has also really improved. We then went on to treat an old muscular injury which I had aggravated and I got instant relief."
“I first started seeing Anna for pains in my face that had been diagnosed as trigeminal neuralgia and my doctor had told me to take an anti-inflammatory. As the pains were episodic the meds were not helping so Anna started treating me. After only a couple of treatments the episodes became less frequent and I am now totally pain-free.
Recently I started experiencing pain in my right shoulder, radiating down my elbow. Again I turned to Anna, as the last treatment had been so successful. She used guasha on me, which I have to admit was a bit painful. However, a week later the pain had almost disappeared and with future treatments has gone altogether. I would highly recommend Anna to all my family and friends. She is a sympathetic listener and makes you feel totally relaxed and calm.”
“I came to see Anna in my third pregnancy and at the time I was heavily pregnant and very uncomfortable. Knowing it was a large baby, I really didn't want to go overdue.Having had complications with previous pregnancies and labours, I was really keen on preparing for a calm delivery, ensuring my own wellbeing as well as the safe arrival of our baby boy.
Anna was incredibly calm, friendly and really understood what I was looking for. As a mother herself, she was really relatable and incredibly flexible with appointment times to suit our family needs.
After each of the treatments I could really feel a difference and slept better than I had done in months! 12 hours after the third course of treatment I went into labour. I felt very calm and relaxed as we welcomed our baby boy into the world and we were both doing so well that we were discharged within a few hours.
I would highly recommend Anna for general pregnancy wellbeing as well as labour preparation. Thanks so much for all your help and support!”
“I have experienced lower back pain for many years and after a few sessions with Anna, my back pain has subsided and strengthened. The headaches I experienced regularly have now disappeared. Anna is very approachable and interested in all areas of your well being, you can discuss any concern and she will address it with her treatment. Thank you for making a difference in my quality of life.”
Acupuncture treats you physically, mentally and spiritually dealing with a whole range of acute and chronic problems, therefore the effects may help you beyond what has been scientifically proven.
Acupuncture treatment doesn’t easily lend itself to the type of randomised controlled trials favoured by conventional medicine. If you don’t see your condition listed, then please do get in touch to discuss how acupuncture can help.
For the latest research and evidence based facts on various conditions see A-Z Fact Sheets produced by The British Acupuncture Council.
What will happen on my first visit?
Your first consultation may be longer than subsequent sessions. You will be asked about your current symptoms, treatment you have already received, and details of your medical history, diet, digestion, sleeping patterns and emotional state. This all helps to give you the most effective and bespoke treatment. Anna may need to access points on your front and back as well as on your arms and legs. A gown or blanket will be provided if this is necessary. Acupuncture points chosen may not be close to the part of the body where the problem is experienced, yet will still be treating it along the relevant channel. For example, you may suffer from headaches, but needles might be inserted into your foot rather than your head.
How many sessions will I need?
The number and frequency of treatments required depends on the individual patient and the severity of the condition. Everyone is different and each treatment is specific to that individual, so the time it takes for recovery varies from person to person. Normally you are recommended to visit once a week for 6 sessions. Sometimes people experience immediate relief, and only one or two treatments are required. It is important to remember that the aim of Chinese Medicine is to treat the root cause, so in some cases treatment may be required over several months.
Does acupuncture hurt?
Acupuncture needles are nothing like an injection. They are much thinner and usually cause no pain. The sensation is often described as a tingling or dull ache, which can sometimes be strong as it reaches the acupuncture point but quickly disappears. Some people love the buzz of it because they know something is happening. Many people feel deeply relaxed during treatment and often fall asleep.
What about the needles used?
Members use single-use, pre-sterilised needles, which are disposed of after each treatment. British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) members adhere to a strict Code of Practice.
Are there any side effects?
It is quite common after having acupuncture for the first time to feel a little light-headed or tired directly after treatment or later in the day. This is a perfectly normal reaction and nothing to be concerned about. It is uncommon for this to happen after subsequent treatments. Patients are advised not to have acupuncture on an empty stomach. Acupuncture can cause the body to become a little dehydrated so it’s a good idea to drink extra water after treatment. Sometimes a small bruise can appear at a needle site; this will disappear after a few days.
Should I tell my doctor?
If you are currently receiving treatment from your doctor it is recommended you tell them that you plan to have acupuncture. Do not stop taking medication. You should tell Anna about any medication and supplements you are taking. Acupuncture works well either as a standalone therapy or in combination with other therapies. Always consult speak to your doctor if you have any concerns.
Will my insurance company cover it?
That depends upon your insurer. As the demand for complementary medicine increases, more private health insurance companies are offering cover for traditional acupuncture. Contact your provider for more information.
What is dry needling or ‘medical acupuncture’?
Physiotherapists, doctors, chiropractors and osteopaths use these types of needling primarily in the treatment of muscle and joint pain. A trained medical practitioner using ‘Dry needling’ is taught over a 2-5 day course. A trained acupuncturist uses acupuncture to treat a wide range of conditions including but not restricted to pain relief. An acupuncturist trains in the use and theory of Chinese Medicine for 3-4 years. They use acupuncture all day, every day – not as an add-on or adjunct therapy to try when other things aren’t working.
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