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Ancient Chinese lived in harmony with their surrounding environment and saw people as being a microcosm of the universe. This thinking forms the basis of Chinese medicine, an amalgamation of thousands of years of practical experience and knowledge about natural health.

In Chinese medicine, Qi is the motivating force behind all living things and all animate objects are manifestations of Qi. While Qi is invisible, its manifestations are real and observable. Qi streams through the body along a series of meridians and health problems, both physical and emotional, can then be interpreted as 'inharmonious' flow of Qi. Ancient Chinese texts identified the acupuncture points on the body where Qi accumulates or comes close to the surface making external interaction possible.

By interacting with the flow of Qi, acupuncturists are able to assist the body to rebalance itself to promote entirely safe and natural self-healing. It also enables each patient to be treated as an individual with a treatment plan unique to them. Each patient is diagnosed using a mixture of techniques including the taking of the radial pulse before the practitioner will use needles, moxa (a Chinese herb with warming qualities) and perhaps cupping, to affect the flow of qi. The needles are very fine and therefore cause minimal discomfort.

Over the years acupuncture has evolved into many forms and the practitioners at the Perrymount are trained in five elements and traditional Chinese Medicine along with Stems and Branches Acupuncture, a classical system that focuses on the energetic pattern of any given time and how these influence you as an individual. We are more than happy to discuss whether acupuncture can help you in any way and offer free 15 minute consultations to enable you to ask any questions you may have.

Acupuncture for Pregnancy and post-partum support

Whilst pregnancy is often expected to be a happy and ‘blooming’ time of a women’s life the reality is it can be fraught with anxiety, hormonal related mood changes and general aches and pains. The same can be said post-partum when women are not only adjusting to the physical and hormonal changes in their body but doing so on little sleep and often feeling overwhelmed. Acupuncture is a safe and gentle way to support your pregnancy and post-partum recovery,

  • Prepare your body for birth by balancing Qi flow to aid natural labour
  • Help with feelings of nausea and fatigue
  • Guide your body in its journey to regain its natural state of hormonal balance and energy post-partum (not something that should happen overnight!)
  • Reduce stress and cortisol levels which have been proven to have a negative effect on both foetuses and young babies
  • Acupuncture and moxibustion can also be used to aid turning a baby in the breech presentation


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Rachel Sherriff

Rachel graduated from the International college of Oriental Medicine with a first class Honours degree in Acupuncture, studying both five elements and classical Stems and Branches. She is a fully certified member of the British Acupuncture Council.

As well as having a specific interest in Women’s health including conception support, menopause and pregnancy, she is also a qualified Facial Enhance practitioner and holds an ITEC level 5 massage diploma.

Rachel is one third of the Acupuncture Team at The Perrymount, working on Wednesday’s, Friday’s and some Saturday’s. Her colleagues Ben Prentice and Helen Were form the other two thirds of the team making acupuncture available 6 days a week.

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Alison Dalziel

Alison was awarded a first-class BSc (Hons) degree in Chinese Acupuncture with Greenwich University, having studied a three-year full-time degree at the prestigious International College of Oriental Medicine. Alison incorporates Traditional Chinese Medicine, Five Element and classical constitutional approaches in her acupuncture treatments. She is also a member of the Institute of Sports & Remedial Massage and the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC). Her special areas of interest include musculo-skeletal pain and anxiety related disorders.

Alison has been working as a therapist since 1994 with massage, reflexology and aromatherapy and has specialised in sports & remedial massage and advanced soft tissue therapy, working alongside physiotherapists, osteopaths and doctors in Asia, Spain and the UK. She has been teaching at LSSM since 2011 and is course co-ordinator at LSSM's Brighton branch.

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Suzi Broad

Suzi qualified as an Acupuncturist in 2012 with a first class (Hons) degree from the International College of Oriental Medicine (ICOM) which is affiliated to Greenwich University, and is a fully certified member of the British Acupuncture Council.
She originally trained as a beauty and Massage therapist in the late 90s. After working in London, she moved to Tuscany where she was Spa Manager at a busy boutique hotel. Her certificates include Manual Lymphatic Drainage and Hot Stone Therapy.
She has studied Facial Enhancement Acupuncture and is particularly interested in treating skin conditions, stress-related disorders and supporting women’s health.
Suzi also holds a PGCert in higher education, teaches under-graduate acupuncture students and is a mum to 2 boys.

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The Perrymount Clinic
Unit 5
Hurstwood Grange
Hurstwood Lane
Haywards Heath
West Sussex
RH17 7QX

01444 410944

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