- What is Acupuncture?
- Will it hurt? Is it painful?
- What can I expect during a treatment?
- How many sessions will I need?
- What is Acupuncture used to treat?
Acupuncture is an ancient and complex medical system that is used to diagnose and treat illness, prevent disease and improve well being. It can focus on physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual problems. Acupuncture originated in Indio-China more than 5,000 years ago and due to it’s well documented effectiveness, has been embraced throghout the world. It involves the insertion of very fine needles at predetermined points on the body’s surface to influence the flow of energy or Qi in the body and subsequently aids the restoration of good health.
The needles used in acupuncture are exceptionally fine, about the same thickness as a strand of hair. Most clients are quite surprised when they find out for themselves just how painless and relaxing acupuncture really is. When the neeedles are inserted it is possible to feel a variety of sensations including a slight heaviness, numbness, aching or even a tingling sensation at the point. The sensations experienced are usually quite brief. All acupuncture needles are single use, pre-sterilised, disposable needles.
The first session of acupuncture takes about 1 hour. This provides enough time for the acupuncturist to take a detailed case history which helps us to understand your overall health and wellbeing and to discuss any specific problem or illness that you have come to have treated. Following this consultation process your personalised treatment will begin. Because energy meridians cover the whole body, the points used are not always close to where you experience pain or discomfort. For example, if you suffer from headaches, needles may be inserted in your foot or hand. But don’t worry if you cannot bear to have you feet touched it is possible to work other areas!
That depends on your individual condition. Initially your acupuncturist will ask to see you once or twice per week. You may start to feel benefits after the first or second treatment although long-standing and chronic conditions usually need more time to improve. Once your condition has stabilised, top-up treatments may be required but this very much depends on your underlying condition. Acupuncture is also very effective when used as preventive healthcare and may patients like to go for a ‘retuning’ session every month or two.
The World Health Organisation recognizes Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine as a viable means of treatment for a wide range of conditions. The following is a list of commonly seen illness in our clinic:-
Gynaecology: infertility, premenstrual syndrome, menstrual problems and help through the menopause.
Emotional/psychological: Stress, mild to moderate depression, stress, insomnia, anxiety, panic attacks.
Musculoskeletal: acute and chronic muscle injuries, whiplash, low back pain, neck and shoulder pain, frozen shoulder, tennis elblow, sprained joints etc.
Infections: common colds, flu and viral infections.
Internal Diseases: asthma – aids in the managment, bronchitis, hypertension, indigestion, bowel problems, ME, headaches/migraine, trigeminal neuralgia.
Ear, Nose and Throat conditions – sinusitis, hay fever, rhinitis catarrh.