Acupuncture, Tui Na, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) & Myself

Acupuncture has been used as a healthcare system for thousands of years, initially from China, this has become a Worldwide health care system used by millions of people.

Acupuncture, along with Traditional Chinese Medicine should be treated as more of a lifestyle than a treatment. With Exercise, Nutrition, Herbal Medicine, Tui Na and Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine encompasses a whole body balancing method which intrinsically maintains a person's health and wellbeing.

In Western society, Clients generally come to an Acupuncturist for Musculo-Skeletal problems and wouldn't think about going for headaches, or diarrhoea, stress or depression.

One of the first rules of Acupuncture & TCM in general, is to treat the body as a whole and not to get stuck with treating just the symptoms. Though, this will depend upon what the Client has come to you for, for example, if someone wants to get treated for a shoulder problem, we will always treat the shoulder problem in the first instance. If someone comes to you for Stress & Depression, that's when we can start to look at and treat the whole body.

Tui Na or Tuina (pronounced 'Twee Na') is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and can be used in conjunction with Acupuncture, Moxibustion, Cupping, Chinese herbalism, Tai chi and Chi Gong. It is a fully clothed hands-on body treatment that uses the same acu-pressure points that Acupuncture uses.

The practitioner may roll, knead, press and rub these points and muscles to get circulatory flow and Qi 'Energy' moving in the correct directions within the body. This also helps to relax and release muscles, which is very good for musculo-skeletal problems. Other techniques include rapid shaking, tapotement and slight traction.

Tui meaning 'to push' and Na meaning 'to grasp' is a complete healing system in itself. Like Acupuncture, this kind of bodywork, along with other aspects of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been around and practised for more than 2,500 years. Today, this foundation of knowledge may make this one of the most tried and tested types of healing systems there is.

These techniques are very vigorous and can leave a client feeling a little sore and maybe even light headed. Afterwards, some clients experience bursts of energy, others may experience tiredness, though both seem to get a really good night's sleep.

Tui Na is used for healthcare, musculo-skeletal problems & injuries, rehabilitation and general well-being.

My training has encompassed a wide variety of knowledge but all within Traditional Chinese Medicine. I have trained at Bodyharmonics, Cheltenham and with Neil Kingham (Chinese Nutritional Therapy). Training and learning is always ongoing as I develop my knowledge into further aspects of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

Darren Tucker

Licensed Acupuncturist
Dip. Acupuncture - BODYHARMONICS ®
Dip. Tui Na Master Practitioner - BODYHARMONICS ®

Acupuncture - Traditional Chinese Medicine
Acupuncture - Electro Musculo-Skeletal
Acupuncture - Electro Internal
Acupuncture - Auricular
Tui Na Traditional Chinese Medical Massage & Manipulation
inc. Sports Injury Treatment & Tuina Massage with Feet
Anatomy & Physiology Diploma
Chinese Nutritional Therapy
First Aid Trained
Fully Insured with Holistic Insurance Services
Member of Acupuncture Acu-Therapy Council

Where I am

44 Westbourne Avenue,
North Somerset,
BS21 7XZ
01275 430020