How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture works to help maintain your body’s equilibrium. It involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body to regulate the flow of ‘qi’, your body’s vital energy. For a number of lifestyle and environmental reasons, qi can become disturbed, depleted or blocked, which can result in some symptoms of pain and illness or. In certain instances, traditional acupuncture can be an effective therapy to help restore balance and promote physical and emotional harmony.
Is acupuncture safe?
According to the British Acupuncture Council, acupuncture is one of the safest medical treatments, both conventional and complementary, on offer in the UK. There are very few side effects from acupuncture when practised by a fully qualified practitioner of traditional acupuncture. Any minor side effects that do occur, such as dizziness or bruising around needle points, are mild and self-correcting. As a member of BAcC the code of safe practice is adhered to.
Who has acupuncture?
Many people come to acupuncture for help with specific symptoms or to relieve specific pains like osteoarthritis of the knee. Some use acupuncture because they feel generally unwell but have no obvious diagnosis. Other choose acupuncture simply to enhance their feeling of wellbeing. Acupuncture is considered suitable for all ages. It can be used effectively alongside conventional medicine.
What can it do for me?
Some people turn to acupuncture for help with a specific symptom or condition. Others choose to have treatment to help maintain good health, as a preventive measure, or simply to improve their general sense of wellbeing. Because traditional acupuncture aims to treat the whole person rather than specific symptoms in isolation, it can be effective for a range of conditions. Many people return to acupuncture again and again because they find it so beneficial and relaxing.
How many treatments will I need?
As acupuncture has a cumulative effect, a course of treatment is recommended, however you may notice a difference after your first treatment. Frequency and number of treatments will depend on your condition and general health. Maintenance treatments may be recommended in order to keep you feeling at your best.
What will happen at the initial consultation?
The initial consultation will take up to 75 minutes. A comprehensive case history will be taken from you and your tongue and pulses will be examined. From this information your tailor made treatment plan will be formed.
Does acupuncture hurt?
Acupuncture needles are hair fine and unlike hypodermic needles. Most people find acupuncture to be a relaxing, painless experience, some even fall asleep.
Where will the needles be placed?
Needles may be placed in the back, legs, feet, hands, arms, face and head. Around 6-12 needles will be used per session.
Do you offer any other treatments?
Cupping, acupressure massage and moxibustion will be used to complement your treatment where appropriate. This will be discussed and explained to you prior to your treatment.
What is moxa?
Moxibustion is an essential part of Chinese medicine, which uses moxa, a soft woolly substance prepared from mugwort leaves (Artemisia vulgaris). In moxibustion the moxa is placed either directly on the skin or held just above it, over specific acupuncture points or meridians. The herb is lit and as it smoulders slowly, a therapeutic heat permeates the skin and affects the flow of “qi” (energy) and blood in the area being treated.
What should I wear?
It would be useful to wear loose fitting clothing that can be rolled up and adjusted accordingly. However if you are unable to, this it is not a problem.
What should I do following acupuncture treatment?
Try and take it easy after your acupuncture session, drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol for the rest of the day.
To find out if acupuncture could help you, please get in touch for your free 15 minute telephone consultation:
Kate: 07881 287 510