Acupuncture

Acupuncture originated in China. Today acupuncture still features in mainstream healthcare, both as a stand-alone therapy as well as combined with conventional western medicine. Acupuncture is now widely used and accepted all over the world and is continually evolving.

In Chinese medicine, health relies on the smooth flow of vital energy known as Qi (pronounced Chi). A state of ‘disease’ occurs when the flow of qi becomes affected. Some factors that influence the flow of qi include diet, lifestyle habits, emotional stress, trauma and past illnesses. Acupuncture works by aiming to rectify the flow of qi by the insertion of very fine sterile needles into specific acupuncture points on the body and/or head.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

TCM is a style of acupuncture that focuses on treatment to resolve one’s individual problem as well as working on one’s overall wellbeing. Symptoms that you may be experiencing are often the result of a deeper underlying imbalance in your body; known in TCM as the ‘root’. TCM looks to find what this underlying imbalance may be and aims to restore balance and promote physical and emotional harmony by treating the root as well as the manifestations.
  
Frequently Asked Questions

What can it do for me?
Some people turn to acupuncture for help with a specific symptom or condition.  Others have treatment to help maintain good health as a preventative measure, or seasonally in order to help adjust to the transience of the elements.  However acupuncture can be used simply to improve one’s general sense of wellbeing.

What will happen during treatment?
Your initial consultation may last up to one and a half hours.  During this time a detailed case history is taken, followed by an examination of your tongue and reading of your pulse.  From this information it is possible to determine how and why your qi has been affected.  Needles are then inserted into acupuncture points appropriate for you and left in place whilst you relax.
The initial treatment is often followed up by a course of treatments.  The frequency and number of follow up treatments vary, depending on the nature of the ailment we are treating, the length of time it has been affecting you and what the desired result of the treatments might be by you as an individual.   Generally the longer a condition has been affecting you the longer it will take to treat.

What does acupuncture feel like?
Everyone experiences the sensation of the acupuncture needles slightly differently.  Reported sensations include: a pleasant dull ache, a tug, a feeling of movement in the body, a tingling, a feeling of release, or nothing at all.  Treatment might include the use of cupping, a herb known as ‘moxa’, gua sha, electro-acupuncture or acupressure point stimulation done using the hands as well as gentle palpation of certain areas on the abdomen.  It is often reported that one experiences a feeling of relaxation or enhanced wellbeing after the treatment.