Dr Martin Jones

Medical Acupuncturist
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Dr Martin Jones

Dr. Martin Jones, BA, MB ChB, MRCGP, DCH, DCM (Beijing), Dip Med Ac, MFHom Acupuncture & Homeopathy

Dr Martin Jones is a medical doctor and GP who specialises in Acupuncture. He studied medicine at Bristol University, qualifying as a doctor in 1994, and completed his training as a General Practitioner in 1999.

Before going into medicine, he graduated from London University with a language degree in Chinese. It was during his time as a language student in Beijing that he first became interested in Chinese medicine and Acupuncture. Since then his knowledge of Chinese has enabled him to study Acupuncture at the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine and several of the top hospitals in China.  In addition to traditional Chinese Acupuncture, he is also fully trained in Western Medical Acupuncture and is an accredited member of the British Medical Acupuncture Society. He is also a fully qualified Homeopathic physician, and a member of the Faculty of Homeopathy.

His main interest is the integration of complementary therapies with conventional medicine, in order to promote health, treat illness more safely and effectively, and stimulate the body’s natural healing response. He works in NHS General Practice, where he uses Acupuncture and Homeopathy alongside conventional treatments. He also practises privately, and is a recognised Acupuncture provider for major insurance companies.

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What is acupunture?
Acupuncture is a form of therapy in which fine needles are inserted into specific points on the body. This therapy originated in China more than two thousand years ago.

According to traditional Chinese theory, acupuncture works by rebalancing the flow of energy in the body. Traditional Chinese medicine recognizes a complex system of ‘meridians’ or energy channels in the body. Symptoms of illness, such as pain, are regarded as a disturbance of energy flow. The insertion of needles at various carefully selected points on the meridians is believed to restore the smooth flow of energy and re-
establish harmony in the body.
In traditional Chinese acupuncture, an individualized ‘prescription’ of points is selected for each patient, according to their unique pattern of energy disturbance.

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What happens during treatment?
During treatment, fine needles are inserted through the skin and left in position, either briefly or for up to half an hour.  This is not usually painful, but may give rise to a mild aching sensation just after the needles are inserted.

Many people notice a pleasant feeling of relaxation and well-being during treatment, and the quality of sleep often improves following acupuncture.

What sorts of conditions can be treated with acupuncture?
Acupuncture can be used to treat a wide range of conditions, and should be considered particularly for the following.

  • All types of painful conditions
  • Muscle and joint problems, including painful muscles, back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, osteoarthritis, tendonitis, tennis elbow
  • Tension headaches and migraines
  • Nausea and vomiting in pregnancy, and following chemotherapy
  • Hay fever, rhinitis, recurrent sinusitis, asthma
  • Painful periods, irregular periods, infertility
  • Menopausal symptoms
  • Irritable bowel syndrome and constipation
  • Irritable bladder
  • Dry eyes and saliva deficiency

How many treatments are needed?
The response to acupuncture tends to become stronger with each treatment. This cumulative effect means that several treatments are usually needed before a clear and lasting benefit is seen. An initial trial of six treatments at weekly intervals is appropriate for most conditions. If no benefit is seen after this, then further treatments are unlikely to help. In those who do respond, the improvement can usually be maintained and strengthened with further more widely spaced ‘top-up’ treatments.

Is acupuncture safe?
Acupuncture is generally very safe. Serious side effects are very rare, less than one per 10,000 treatments. The commonest side effect is drowsiness after treatment, affecting about one in five people. Minor bleeding or bruising occurs after acupuncture in about 3% of treatments. Rarer side effects include pain during treatment, temporary worsening of symptoms, and fainting.

If you have a bleeding disorder or are taking an anticoagulant like Warfarin, acupuncture is still safe as long as certain acupuncture points are avoided.

Single-use, sterile, disposable needles are used for every treatment.

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Scientific research
During the last few decades there has been a rapid growth in scientific research into acupuncture. The mechanisms of acupuncture pain relief are now fairly well understood. We know that acupuncture enhances the release of natural painkillers in the body (endorphins) and also balances organ function through the autonomic nervous system, regulates the immune system, suppresses allergic reactions, and improves wound healing. In fact, the scientific evidence for acupuncture is stronger than for many conventional treatments.

In the last few years, leading medical journals, including the Lancet and the British Medical Journal, have published major clinical trials of acupuncture, which prove that it is an effective treatment for recurrent headaches, chronic back pain and osteoarthritis of the knee.

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What is homeopathy?

Homeopathy is a system of medicine that helps the body to heal itself.  A homeopathic consultation focuses on the whole person, and enables homeopathic medicines to be selected on the basis of all aspects of the patient and his or her symptoms. This means that each treatment – like each person – is unique.

Homeopathy works on the principle of using like to like cure.  In other words, it treats with medicine made from a substance that would produce similar symptoms in a healthy person.  For example, an onion can cause streaming eyes and a runny nose. A homeopathic medicine derived from onions, Allium cepa, can be chosen for someone suffering from hayfever.

What is a homeopathic medicine?
Homeopathic medicines are derived from natural substances, including plants and minerals.  They are prepared in licensed laboratories under strict control and can be given in tablet, granule or liquid form.

Many homeopathic medicines are available over the counter at a pharmacy.  A specialist homeopathic pharmacist will be able to advise on choosing the right strength.

Is homeopathy safe?
Yes. This is because homeopathic medicines are made from a very small amount of active ingredient using a process of dilution and succussion (vigorous shaking). Two hundred years of practice, research and trials have proved the safety of this gentle system of medicine for both people and animals.  Unlike some conventional drugs, homeopathic medicines are non-addictive and have no dangerous side-effects.

Homeopathy is particularly safe to use for babies, children and pregnant and breastfeeding women under the supervision of an appropriately qualified practitioner.

Is it officially recognised and regulated?
Homeopathy has been available on the NHS since 1948 and has received the patronage of the Royal Family for six generations.  Although homeopathy itself is not statutorily regulated, the practice of homeopathy by doctors is recognised by an Act of Parliament.

The Faculty of Homeopathy ensures the highest standards in the teaching and practice of homeopathy by statutorily registered healthcare professionals.

What does treatment involve?
A homeopathic practitioner seeks to treat the whole person.  As well as asking about your symptoms, a homeopathic doctor will be interested in how you feel emotionally and the unique way in which your symptoms affect you.

Questions about your lifestyle, eating habits and preferences, sleep patterns, medical history and state of mind help the practitioner to form a complete picture of you in order to prescribe the correct homeopathic medicine.

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