What Health Issues do we Treat?

Because Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) works holistically, it seeks to improve overall health as well as specific health issues. We have included some information about a wide range of conditions on our website (see menu ‘Information on Conditions’). This list is not exhaustive but are the most common conditions we see.

So if the condition you are suffering from does not appear, you can discuss your particular circumstances with one of our clinicians. Please contact us by telephone or e-mail using the details on our contact page.

TCM is a system of medicine whose roots date back at least 2500 years, and is still evolving today.  It is a holistic practice which evaluates the whole body rather than just specific symptoms, and its diagnostic techniques allow for great precision in treating each individual quite specifically, thus creating treatment plans which are equally precise.  In effect, TCM encourages the body to regain its natural balance and it has a long and clinically verified history of effective treatment for most types of disease.  Finally, it is an understandable and empowering system of treatment which helps patients to understand their disease process and thus gives them the opportunity to participate in their healing process.

Treatment in TCM may include acupuncture, the insertion of very fine needles at key points on the body, which helps to regulate the flow of energy known as Qi (pronounced ‘chee’). Sometimes a tiny electrical current is passed between the needles to augment their effect (electro acupuncture). A specialised form of acupuncture which uses small needles at certain points on the ear (auricular acupuncture) is also used for some conditions. Other forms of TCM treatment include (but are not confined to) massage, herbal medicine, moxibustion (the use of a special herb to warm and stimulate the Qi) and a form of therapeutic exercise called Chi Kung.  The patient can also take control of their overall health by following advice on diet, relaxation and exercise.

We have been providing acupuncture and related services in Lincoln and the surrounding area for over 16 years.


The Sean Barkes Clinic does not claim to cure any conventional medical disease states.  Traditional Chinese Medicine seeks to re-establish and maintain the harmonious function of the human body-mind using tried and tested principles that have been discovered and matured over millennia.  A Western medical diagnosis provides very little by way of insight in informing a Chinese Medical diagnosis.  Patients usually recognise their own condition in terms of the medical disease category that they have been given by their GP or other conventional medical practitioner.  The research presented here is merely an indication of the potential to draw parallels between Traditional Chinese Medicine and Modern Western Medicine.