Longyearbyen Visiting Acupuncture Clinic

Small Change Acupuncture Clinic in Longyearbyen

We are really happy to come and set up a visiting clinic in Longyearbyen! We work with Classical Chinese Medicine, which is the old and complete system of acupuncture that treats anything between Heaven and Earth. The first medical textbook in real acupuncture was written 2300 years ago, and the system has been continually researched and studied in China since then, and since that time it´s been used to treat the largest population in the world. It has only been in the West for about 60 years, during which only small fragments of that knowledge has found its way here. We are delighted to be able to come to Svalbard and help people with the full system of acupuncture here. We will also offer moxa treatments, which makes the person´s body warmer and softer, something originally used in the colder areas of northern China. Same treatments also work very well for dogs who are stiff or have joint problems. See the section below on Moxa Treatments!

About the clinics

Small Change Acupuncture Clinic usually works in the south of Sweden, in Malmoe and Kristianstad, with regular trips to China to deepen our knowledge. Daniel Skyle, the founder of the clinics, have studied and worked with Chinese medicine his entire life, and began learning the system in 1992. He has since trained at university in London, and deepened his studies at hospitals and with experienced doctors and teachers in Beijing, Shanghai and Xi´an.
He is originally a journalist and writer, and has been writing and lecturing on the subjects since 1997, holding several open lectures every year for the public and writing articles both in Swedish and in English. He published the first book ever on Daoism in Swedish, the ancient spiritual tradition that has shaped much of Chinese medicine. The book will be published in English in 2015.

What can acupuncture help you with?

Genuine acupuncture can treat almost anything between Heaven and Earth. You can find a list here below. It gives examples of possible treatments, but the treatments can literally help with anything. Old or long-time problems are not always something that can be completely treated and gone, but everything can be made better. This also includes helping people to have a lighter, happier mind that sees things more clearly and deals with life in a smoother way.

These are some examples of things that can be helped and treated. These are things we regularly treat at our clinics:

Calming down and grounding stress from the society we live in
Scar treatments – effective treatments of scars and burns
Stomach problems
Back and spine problems
Neck and shoulder problems
Treatments for children, helping all kinds of physical or emotional problems
Sleeping problems, including night sweats or nightmares
Auto-immune diseases
Thyroid issues
Gynecology, including fertility, at IVF, PMS, or problems during menopause
Breathing difficulties
Allergies – both pollen allergies, asthma and others
Supporting patients´ health while they go through treatment with chemotherapy and/or radiation
How to ease the mind and make it happier for patients with long-term illnessess
Injuries – falls, spine injuries, whiplash, gunshots, etc
Emotional issues
Help ease depression
Help ease trauma and PTSD
Supporting people as they go off treatment with SSRI medication, for example Zoloft
Skin problems – eczema, acne, psoriasis, etc
Helping people to get more grounding – that is, to stand more firmly with both feet on the ground and be more stable in their life
Helping to open and ease the mind and tensions in it, to help someone see their life more clearly and from a different angle
Treating the health of the elderly, helping them with better balance and better ability to move and better health
Treatments to ease the mind and make it lighter for those near death or in hospice
Preventive medicine, building up better health and resources in us to avoid future probems – what is called yangsheng in China, Nourishing Life

Also what is called zabing in Chinese – ”Miscellaneous Diseases” – health-issues that often remain untreated in Western medicine as they have no official diagnosis.

Setup of the visiting clinic in Longyearbyen – limited number of places

We will be up each time for ten working days, during which we will have a limited number of places available each time. The clinic will come up for treatments two- to three times a year.

Treatment in Chinese medicine is most effective when there is a cumulative effect – one treatment will help a little bit, but it takes several more or sometimes many to help our body and mind make that change more permanent. The ideal situation is always to help our system to keep maintaining the positive change by itself again. Treatments are there to help with this.

Recent problems are easier to treat quickly; long-term or chronic problems take a longer time to help with, but each treatment usually makes the patient slightly better. The cumulative effect of the treatment is important, as this makes the effect go deeper.

To make treatments the most effective, we will book patients for 4-6 treatments during that time, depending on the problem. This is a standard way of practice in China, where treatments vary from three days in a row for more acute problems, and then to once a week once the patient´s problems and health is better.

Treatments are painless. If the practitioner is skilled at acupuncture, the needles never hurt.

We treat like they do in China, with what is called community acupuncture, where patients sit or lie down treated together in a small group, often 2-3 patients at the same time. This increases the treatment-effect as we see others heal and get better in front of us, which in turn help ourselves to heal again.

Treatments will be 700 NOK/session. Please remember there are a limited number of places for each visit, and book in time.

Moxa treatments

Moxa is an herb that has been used in China for as long as acupuncture. It is used to spread warmth and health inside us. Especially in colder climates, the effects of moxa can be simply amazing: the person feels warm and softer inside, with the joints warmer and softer too. It can be used exceptionally well to create an insulation against cold for those who feel the cold more too.

You can watch a video showing some examples of moxa here:


And an example of a treatment here:


Another interesting aspect of moxa treatments is that they work very well for dogs. Dogs who are stiffer, or have stiffer joints, or older, all have great use of moxa for their health. Moxa can also treat injured dogs and help heal them faster. Acupuncture works for dogs as well, but moxa is often easier, as they tend to just love the warmth from the treatments and relax with it. Treatments for dogs will cost 350 NOK each.

Welcome in to the clinic!

We always talk to people before seeing them in clinic. Places will be booked by e-mail: acu@smallchange.se. After that, an initial talk and consultation will be done over telephone or over Skype before meeting at the clinic.

You can also go in and like us on Facebook and get news and updates there! https://www.facebook.com/SmallChangeAcupuncture

Welcome in to the clinic!

If you are interested in more in-depth knowledge, here follows some information about acupuncture in general and about one of our teachers, Dr Wang Juyi, with his 52 years as acupuncture doctor in Beijing, as well as some selected texts from our blog for those who want to read more.

Highlight on one of our teachers, Dr Wang – 52 years as an acupuncture doctor in Beijing

One of our teachers has worked as an acupuncture doctor in Beijing for the past 52 years – Dr Wang Juyi. For the first part of his working life, he was a doctor in the state hospitals. The genuine acupuncture in Chinese medicine is state medicine in China, side by side with Western medicine these days.

If you work in the hospitals, you see 80-100 patients every day. Dr Wang did this six days a week until he retired, and after that he kept on working at a private clinic with other experienced doctors. These days, he has become quite famous in China – what´s called a youming laoyisheng, a famous old doctor.

Dr Wang is rare in that he has kept researching how acupuncture works all his life. He has collated information from each patient he has had, and kept on researching for the entire time. He is famous for his system of channel palpation, which adds a much more precise and detailed diagnosis to the system of diagnostics in Chinese medicine. It also increases the effect of the treatments a lot for the patient.

Now, at 78, Dr Wang still works four mornings a week. Three of them are at his own private clinic in the Beijing suburbs, the final one at a busy acupuncture hospital in central Beijing, where he now has his own diagnostics department. The patients the rest of the hospitals can´t really solve are sent to Dr Wang and his intern doctors who specialize in diagnostics under him, which is what I train when I am in Beijing too.

When I am at his clinic or follow him at the hospital, I am always overawed that he still passionately engages with every patient he meets, and really keeps looking for where a point is on them and in their diagnosis and treatment – after all these years, and all these patients, he is still really passionate about helping them!

I have published two interviews with him in England. They are both available on the clinic blog. Ýou can read part 1 here:


Classical Chinese Medicine – and what kind of weather do you want to have inside yourself?

The old version of Chinese medicine has deepened its skills over at least 2300 years, since the first medical textbook was written. Then, in the 1950´s, a more Western-influenced version of Chinese medicine was created, today called Traditional Chinese Medicine, TCM.

In the old system a lot more focus was put on our mind and our emotions as well as our physical health – in the modernized and simplified version this has been changed to a more physical only view of our health.

But in the old one, our shen, our mind and emotions, was always as much part of the treatments as our physical body. In Classical Chinese Medicine, they are always simply one thing. One interesting view from this is about our internal weather – what kind of landscape do you want to have inside yourself?

Are you a woodland glade, where sunlight shines down in beams of gold, while birdsong echoes among the trees?
Are you a windswept beach where you walk along collecting beautifully swirled driftwood as gulls laugh on the wind and the smell of salt fills your nostrils?
Are you a quiet Sunday morning, sitting at home and eating a slow breakfast before contentedly thinking through the things you are going to do today?
Or are you sitting inside your car, stuck in the middle of traffic, feeling tense and cramped with a burning pit of irritation in your stomach, worry filling your mind and hands gripping the steering wheel even harder as you realize you forgot your cell-phone at home on the kitchen-table?..

I think most people know quite well which of these they would pick to describe their current internal landscape – and which ones they would prefer instead!
Classical Chinese Medicine can help to change our internal landscape back to being nicer, healthier and more balanced, and more full of sunlight. Our internal landscape can be healed too together with our physical health, giving us better harmony with our everyday life.

Is the landscape inside you something you are comfortable with? Something you like and can relax into?
If we want to, we can change it to the better. Many people have the belief that their internal landscape cannot be changed, cannot heal, cannot become more whole again. But it is fully possible to do this, and then keep feeling so much happier with who we are inside.

In China, the saying is yi bu yi bu lai, one step at a time will get you there. Whatever we want to change, we begin with where we are right now. It is a huge thing to want to change for the better: after that, we simply take one step at a time to change our internal landscape into something more alive and relaxed, green, maybe filled with flowers, sunlight, moonlight, and the stars of clear summer nights.

What kind of landscape do you want to be?

Recommended reading from our blog

Here are some texts from the clinic blog where you can read more if you are curious:


This all patients at the clinics are given to read, and it goes into what healing actually can mean for us. This is something that is almost never talked about in Western society, which means that people usually don´t have any structure for genuinely healing instead of just treating symptoms.


If you read Swedish, this is a collection of fourteen travel-letters from my latest trip to China. They describe the country, hospitals, tempels, and mountain hermitages – from the neon glare of modern China to the dusty simple roads of the mountains.


This text goes into the very important subject of how we can heal ourself and others around us through how we are phrasing ourselves. When we begin to change the way we talk and phrase ourself, we can make a huge impact to the better on our own health – and then, like rings on the water, on the people around us and the surroundings we live in.


The same text, in Swedish.


In Chinese medicine, each season affect our health and our mind in different ways. For each season, there are treatments on how to increase our health in it, and to balance how we move with it more easily. This blogpost is about winter, and you can find others on all the seasons on the blog.

Daniel Skyle © 2015