Andy Green - BSc (Hons) MBAcC Lic Ac

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Andy Green is a fully qualified acupuncturist and shiatsu massage therapist. He is a member of the British Acupuncture Council, the UK’s governing body for professional, highly trained acupuncturists, which guarantees you will receive the highest standards of professional care, hygiene and safety during your treatment.

Andy first became interested in oriental culture when he took up martial arts at age 13. Later in life this interest led him to train in shiatsu, the Japanese style of therapeutic massage and bodywork. After three years of training he attained a Licentiate Diploma in 2002 and established a busy professional practice, working alongside Osteopaths and Massage Therapists.

His drive to deepen his understanding of the theoretical roots of shiatsu led him to embark on a Bachelor of Science Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). After three years further study at the London College of Traditional Acupuncture, he qualified as an acupuncturist in 2006.

Today he works in private practice in Trowbridge, Bradford on Avon, Bath and Chippenham, as well as providing treatments on health and detox retreats in the area.

What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture makes use of very thin, hair-like needles, which are gently inserted into specific points on the body to promote a natural healing response.


These traditions can be traced back to medical books written 2500 years ago in ancient China and further back to the shamanic customs of earlier times. Acupuncture has been practiced continuously since those times and on into the 21st century, when it continues to evolve as a modern form of medicine. Presently, it is used by at least one third of the worlds population

Over the last forty years science has taken a keen interest in acupuncture. Ever since the first doctors visited China and observed acupuncture being used for anaesthesia during major surgery, they were intrigued to discover how this could work. Today, the pain relieving effects of acupuncture are the best understood of all it’s benefits. As our research methods improve, an increasing number of studies are demonstrating acupuncture’s effectiveness in treating a wide range of other health problems too.

How will I feel after treatment?
Everyone responds differently to acupuncture, but commonly people describe a sense of relaxation, a subtle sense of well being and calmness. Others feel energised and focussed with improved concentration and clarity of mind. Occasionally, people experience tiredness and a desire to sleep, in fact, improved sleep the night after treatment is often the first affect that people notice. Rarely, people will feel slightly disorientated or ‘spaced out’ immediately afterwards, but this will usually pass following a brief rest. A delayed response is also common, where no change is noticed until hours or even days after treatment.

What do I do after treatment?
To maximise the effects of treatment it is best to avoid certain activities for a few hours afterwards:

Don’t: Eat large meals or sugary snacks; drink too much caffeine or alcohol; engage in strenuous physical or intense mental activity or stressful situations.

Do: Relax; sleep; drink water or dilute fruit juice; eat light meals; pay attention to the ways in which your body and mind have changed.

It is helpful if you keep a simple record of what you experience after treatment. These details can help the acupuncturist to assess the effects of treatment and will influence the pattern of any ongoing treatment that you may require. As well as changes to the problem you have been treated for, look out for anything unusual for you, even it does not seem relevant. For example, changes in sleep patterns, appetite or mood are all common reactions and give invaluable clues to the acupuncturist. Keep a few simple notes in your diary or on a piece of paper so you remember the details at your next treatment.

How many treatments do I need?
The number of treatments required varies from person to person. As a general rule, the longer a problem had been around and the more complex it is, the more treatments will be required. Younger, healthier people tend to respond more quickly and therefore need less treatment. However, there are always exceptions to these rules. You can help reduce the number of treatments you require by complying with the advice on diet or lifestyle changes that your acupuncturist may suggest