What is Acupuncture ?
Acupuncture is an ancient form of medicine developed in the East over 2500 years ago. This holistic form of medicine is now becoming more and more popular in the West and is commonly accepted as a useful complement to orthodox medicine. It is being increasingly recognised by doctors as one of the most valuable complementary medicines as more evidence becomes available of how effective it can be.
Benefits of Acupuncture
Although Acupuncture cannot help everyone, it can help a wide range of problems, from acute muscular-skeletal problems to chronic, long term, debilitating illness. Acupuncture may benefit many conditions including:
- Neck and Back Pain
- Other Muscular-skeletal problems
- Chronic Fatigue and tiredness
- Circulatory problems
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Headaches and Migraine
- Menstrual & Gynaecological problems
- sub fertility
- Now also: Facial Revitalisation
Some people have acupuncture as a preventative measure, to strengthen their immune system and constitution. Acupuncture can be used alongside conventional medicine to ease the side effects of some medication.
On your first visit you will be asked in detail about your problem, general health and medical history. Your pulse is taken and tongue examined. This information is then used to formulate an individual treatment plan specifically tailored to your needs. You will be advised of how many treatment sessions you are likely to need. This can vary depending on the type and duration of illness. Generally a recent illness or injury will resolve more quickly than a longstanding condition.
What happens during treatment?
Treatment involves inserting very fine needles at specific points on the body to regulate the flow of qi. These are usually painless but if you are particularly averse to the thought of needles, acupressure where pressure is applied to the points with the fingers or hands can be used instead.
Treatment may also involve the use of massage, moxibustion (a warming treatment using smouldering herbs) and cupping (where suction cups are applied to the body).
Most people feel deeply relaxed during treatment. Some patients may feel a mild ache or tingling sensation when the needles are inserted. They will be left in place for about twenty minutes. It is common for patients to feel very relaxed after treatment so it is advisable to avoid strenuous exercise immediately after treatment. It is also advisable to avoid acupuncture following a large meal or on an empty stomach.