What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a therapy that has been used for thousands of years to treat a wide variety of conditions. Its usage stems from Traditional Chinese Medicine which views the body as an integrated whole. Through tongue and pulse diagnosis and asking questions the practitioner is able to identify which systems are weak, blocked or over active. Acupuncture points are then specifically selected to simultaneously treat the symptoms and the root cause of the issue. Ultra fine, sterile needles are inserted into the points to influence the flow of Qi (energy) in the body. By doing this the body system can be bought back into balance, restoring health and well being and increasing the resilience of the system to future problems.
How many treatments will I need?
This will vary for everyone. An improvement in symptoms are usually seen by the fourth or fifth treatment, but for some people the improvements begin after the first treatment. Treatments are once a week to begin with and as symptoms are relieved and the patient feels better in themselves. The treatments are then spaced further apart as symptoms improve.
What will it feel like?
The needles are ultra fine and are usually painless on insertion. Once the needle has connected with your Qi you may feel a variety of sensations near the needle. Some people describe this sensation as warm, pulling, tingley or tugging. Some people also feel this sensation away from the needle and understand it to be a positive sign for treatment. Each person’s experience will be slightly different.
What sort of needles do you use?
We practice clean needle technique and use high quality, ultra fine, sterile, single use acupuncture needles. Once a needle has been used it is immediately disposed of in a sharps box.
How will I feel after my treatment?
The body can be running on empty and once acupuncture returns the body to balance a deep sense of needing to rest and relax may happen. It is important to listen to your body and nurture this need for recuperation. The treatment can also release energy from within the body, and you may feel refreshed and energised.