The Yin and Tonic clinic is a Traditional Chinese Medicine clinic based in Argyll, Scotland. Situated in valley amongst a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere.
I practise Traditional Chinese Medicine modalities having studied Classical Chinese Medicine as part of my Honours Degree. This interest in a classical medium underpins my approach to the care and treatment of my patients and mean that every treatment I give is based on a rich, theoretical framework that has developed and been practised for over 2000 years.
I have been running my clinic since 1996 and over that time have furthered my experience with training in China, London and Israel. I have had the opportunity over the past 17 years to treat hundreds of patients with a diverse range of conditions; enabling me to gain invaluable experiences in all of the modalities I practise.
Patient safety is of paramount importance. I am a member of two professional bodies, the BAcC and RCHM. Both of these bodies set a Code of Practice which require a high standard of training and commitment to continuous professional development. I am insured through these bodies for my professional practice and to protect the well being of my patients.
Emma Vaughan is the owner of, and practitioner at the Yin and Tonic Clinic. She has been in the Health Industry since 1986. She is a qualified nurse, a qualified acupuncturist and a qualified Chinese medical herbalist.
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If you would like to make an enquiry or book an appointment call 01546 606611 or click the button below to fill in a contact form. I welcome enquiries and look forward to hearing from you.
Why Use Traditional Chinese Medicine?
There are many reasons to use Traditional Chinese Medicine as an complementary medicine.
Health is defined by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as a state of complete physical, mental and social well being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.
Preamble to the Constitution of the World Health Organization as adopted by the International Health Conference, New York, 19 June – 22 July 1946; signed on 22 July 1946
The 21st Century finds “health issues” under the microscope like never before with huge efforts being expended on research of illness and development of medications and treatment.
We live in an era of superbugs, antibiotic resistance, diseases which mutate from other species, epidemics of diabetes, obesity, heart disease, cancers and other illnesses which are directly related to social factors such as addictions, mental health issues, stress, allergies etc
Despite what may seem a very gloomy health picture there are reasons to be optimistic for the future of our health such as health education, growing awareness, improved hygiene, efficacy of medications, research and the spectrum of health choices available to many people.
Acupuncture meridians displayed along the neck and head region.
One such choice is Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) which has an oral and a documented history reaching back some 2000 years. TCM takes a holistic approach to the wellbeing of the individual, viewing the human body and spirit as an organic whole and focussing on the relationship between human health and nature. TCM recognises and embraces the complex interrelationships which exist within the body and the impact that external factors may have on the body.
Many of us will have had experiences where the symptoms of illnesses have been well diagnosed and treated, however there remains an uncertainty that the underlying causes of the illness have been recognised or have been treated effectively. TCM, by its very nature strives to recognise the underlying causes of illnesses, understand the processes involved and formulate a treatment which focuses on the root causes rather than the symptoms observed or felt.
TCM can therefore be seen as either an adjunct to conventional western treatments or, for certain conditions, a stand alone treatment tailored to the conditions presented by the patient.
Acupuncture requires the insertion of fine needles into selected points.
Treatments which are commonly offered as part of TCM include; Acupuncture, Herbal Medicines, Cupping Therapy, Moxabustion Therapy and Tui Na (Massage therapy)
Cupping involves the use of glass cups to create a vacuum suction to draw blood to the surface of the body.
“When I first started to receive treatment from Emma I was suffering from a painful condition that left me very tired most of the day and with little energy.
After only a few treatments my condition showed signs of major improvement and my energies returned to normal.
I have had acupuncture, Chinese herbs for drinking and also for topical application, and also cupping.
All treatments were new to me but all have been very effective. Now I am pain free and full of zip!
Emma is very skilled, very professional and I am so glad I found her clinic.
I would not hesitate to recommend Traditional Chinese Medicine in general, and Emma in particular.”
“Emma is an exceptional practitioner. Her experience and skill, training in two approaches to acupuncture in addition to previous nursing training, and a broad and passionate interest in the fundamentals of health and well-being, make her a truly holistic practitioner.
Emma has worked closely and carefully with me to treat and successfully manage chronic and often severe eczema. Her deep knowledge and understanding of Traditional Chinese Medicine and the human body and her interest in health more widely, have led to a balanced and thoughtful approach to managing my eczema. As a result of working with Emma, I have made changes to my diet to improve gut-health and addressed issues around coping with emotional stress, in addition to our regular acupuncture sessions.
Her skill as a practitioner is clear. I’ve worked with a number of acupuncturists and TCM herbal practitioners over the years, and I count Emma amongst the best of the them. Her needling is confident, thoughtful, and dynamic – her depth of knowledge allowing her to adapt to meet the needs of a patient in every session.
Whenever I leave a session with Emma, I feel that I have been listened to and cared for. And, importantly, the treatment is working!”