Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine Letterkenny - SHENTANG CLINIC
Deirdre Murphy  BSc HDipEd DipAcTCM CCM DipChHM MAFPA
Pain relief, backache, sciatica and anxiety are amongst the most common conditions treated in this clinic. Below is a list of ailments commonly treated with acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine and an overview of the various methods of treatment available in both the Letterkenny and Ramelton Clinics.
Backache & Sciatica 
Blood pressure  
Chronic fatigue                     
Cough, Colds & Flu 
Diarrhoea & Constipation     
Eye conditions              
Facial & jaw pain
Frozen shoulder           
Gallbladder inflammation
Knee pain
Menieres disease

Menstrual disorders              
Migraine & headaches
Multiple Sclerosis
Neck pain                           Palpitations                          
Polycystic ovary syndrome   
Post-operative pain
Pregnancy-related conditions
Prolapse of uterus or bladder
Raynauds syndrome
Skin conditions 
Sore throat
Sports injuries and Sprains
Stomach disorders 
Temporomandibular joint pain
Tennis elbow 
Urinary disorders
And many more………… 

Research has shown acupuncture to be effective in treating the following:
Nausea during pregnancy
Musculo –Skeletal Pain e.g. Back pain, rib pain, sciatica and symphysis pubis pain
Breech and Posterior Babies
Labour Preparation
Pain relief during Labour
Vulval varicosities
Other pregnancy problems
• Anaemia • Anxiety • Constipation • Carpal Tunnel syndrome • Heartburn • Haemorrhoids and Vulval varices • Insomnia • Oedema • Headaches • Sinus problems • Threatened miscarriage • Tiredness and exhaustion • Thrush
Postnatal care
Acupuncture has techniques to promote recovery; these include “mother warming” treatments that can be given by a partner, advice on diet and the use of specific strengthening and blood building herbs.
Other conditions
Insufficient lactation, wound healing and scar tissue repair, postnatal depression and urinary incontinence.
Menstrual Problems, Infertility, PCOS, Endometriosis, Dysmenorrhoea, Cystitis, PMS, Menopausal Symptoms.
Acupressure Techniques for use during childbirth are safe, easy to learn and very effective. They promote natural labour and encourage close partner involvement.
Studies have shown that using acupressure during childbirth:
Reduces pain
Shortens contraction time and intensity
Shortens the duration of labour
Allows the Mother to stay in control
Allows freedom of movement
Increases the sense of calmness & satisfaction with the experience
The Clinic runs a 2 hour practical workshop to teach all aspects of the childbirth experience that can benefit from using acupressure. It is suitable for expectant mothers and their birth partners. It includes a comprehensive booklet, which covers all areas discussed.
Acupuncture and acupressure offer safe, effective and drug-free treatment options during pregnancy and childbirth.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is an ancient and sophisticated system that has evolved over more than 3000 years. It is a complete medical system of diagnosis and treatments including acupuncture, herbal medicine, moxibustion (heat treatment), dietary therapy, lifestyle advice and therapeutic exercises such as Qi Gong and Tai Chi.
TCM is based on a concept of balanced Qi (pronounced "chee"), or vital life force, that is believed to flow freely throughout the body along pathways called meridians. When this energy flows freely, health is maintained, but once the flow of energy is blocked, the system is disrupted and pain and illness occur.
In TCM disease is seen as an outer manifestation of imbalance within the health of the individual and treatment is applied to restore balance and therefore health.
TCM applies an holistic approach and does not consider the symptom independent of the person. In order to diagnose and treat the condition, all aspects of the person and their life are taken into consideration including the physical body, emotions, lifestyle, relationships, work and leisure. The resulting treatment is specific to the needs of each individual.
Acupuncture works by inserting needles into certain points on the meridians in order to unblock the Qi and restore normal function. Acupuncture needles are about the width of a human hair and only the highest quality, single-use, disposable needles are used in this clinic. During the 30-minute treatment some people experience a tingling or dull sensation.
Acupuncture is an extremely effective and natural method of restoring and maintaining a person’s vital energy and health.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) recognises many diseases, symptoms and conditions for which acupuncture has been proved - through controlled trials - to be an effective treatment.
Alongside acupuncture, herbal medicine is the other major therapy of TCM.
Many of the classical prescriptions are tonics that are manufactured in a prepared tablet form. Some are available in oils, creams and sprays, and are used externally for conditions such as joint pain and frozen shoulder.
This is the practice of applying glass, plastic or bamboo vacuum cups to the body. Cupping can be used as an independent therapy or in conjunction with other TCM treatments.
Ear Acupuncture has a long history in China. It is also known as Auricular Therapy and can be used independently or alongside body acupuncture very effectively. It involves the stimulation of the external ear for treatment of health conditions in other parts of the body. Very fine sterile needles or seeds are used. It is known mostly for its success in the treatment of addictions.
A small electrical charge is applied to acupuncture needles in certain treatments. This stimulates the flow of Qi to enhance acupuncture treatments.
The burning of Moxa (a dried herb) over the skin or attached to the end of an acupuncture needle. This creates a strong heat that penetrates deep into the meridians to stimulate the flow of Qi.
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture (also known as Cosmetic Acupuncture) is an effective, non-surgical treatment to reduce the signs of aging. It involves the insertion of very thin needles just under the skin on the face and body. This increases local circulation to the face and stimulates collagen production, which helps fill out fine lines and give firmness to the skin for a healthy, glowing complexion. It can take 5 to 10 years off the appearance of your skin.
Benefits include:
Firming and toning the skin
Reducing sagging along the jaw line
Reducing drooping eyelids.
Improving muscle tone
Increased circulation and oxygenation of the skin
Tightening the pores
Helps reduce acne outbreaks
Nourishes the skin for a more radiant glow
Minimizes fine lines & softens deeper lines
Increases collagen production
Evens facial colour and tone
Increases lymph circulation
Leaves the skin refreshed and rejuvenated
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture has attracted great attention in recent years, as it has now become the treatment of choice for many, replacing more invasive surgical and chemical alternatives.

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