What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a system of healing which has been practiced in China and other Eastern countries for thousands of years, and is used to treat a wide range of illnesses. According to traditional Chinese philosophy our health depends on our motivating energy, known as Qi, moving smoothly through a series of channels beneath the skin. Qi consists of equal and opposite qualities- Yin and Yang, which when unbalanced, result in illness. By inserting fine needles into the channels of energy, an acupuncturist can stimulate the body’s own healing response and help restore its natural balance. Qi can be disturbed by a number of factors including emotional states such as anxiety, stress, fear, grief, weather conditions, hereditary issues, infection, poor nutrition and trauma.
The over arching aim of acupuncture is to treat the whole person and to balance physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of each patient. Treatment is always aimed at treating the root of the problem- you will find that other problems start to resolve as your main complaint improves- sleep and energy levels may get better and many people report feeling like ‘my old self’.
Who has Acupuncture?
Many people come for acupuncture with specific problems or symptoms. These may be arthritis or anxiety states, back pain or depression to name but a few. Acupuncture is a very safe treatment for all, and your acupuncturist is uniquely qualified to identify the condition your body is in, and to offer you a corrective treatment plan to balance both body and mind. By using pulse and tongue diagnosis, in addition to your health history, we can identify which points to use, making your acupuncture treatment unique to you.
Many people have acupuncture as a preventative measure to stay well and strengthen their constitution- for example, the best time to treat hayfever is in the Autumn- this makes the body more able to ‘defend’ itself against hayfever the following Spring. People also come to Acupuncture because they feel unwell in themselves, without feeling ‘ill’ in the Western sense. Acupuncture can also be used very effectively alongside Western medicine in the treatment of both acute and chronic disease.
Treatment is always aimed at treating the root of the problem-you will find that other problems start to resolve as your main complaint improves- sleep and energy levels may get better and many people report feeling ‘like my old self’.
What does it feel like?
Acupuncture needles are tiny and nothing like those used for injections! When the needle is inserted, the sensation is often described as a tingling or a dull ache, or a warm sensation. The needles can either be left in place or so, or inserted for a second or two. During treatment, many people experience a pleasant feeling of relaxation.
How often will I need treatment?
In traditional acupuncture each person is considered as unique and therefore the number of treatments depend on each person. Normally you will be recommended to see your acupuncturist once a week, for a few weeks, although lots of conditions require less frequent visits. Sometimes the effect of the treatment is very dramatic and only one or two treatments are required.
What will happen on my first visit?
Your first consultation will be longer than subsequent visits as your general state of health and underlying pattern of disharmony will need to be identified before treatment can begin. You will be asked about your current symptoms, your medical history and that of your close family, digestive and other bodily systems. You will have your pulses taken on either wrist and will be asked to put out your tongue for a second or two- once enough information has been gathered to determine the most likely causes of your problems, your treatment can begin. There are approximately 500 acupuncture points on the body, of which 100 are most commonly used- although not always where you think! Headaches for example, are often treated with needles in the hands or feet!
Who will carry out the treatments?
Your acupuncture treatment will be carried out by a British Acupuncture Council member-all BAcC members have your well-being and safety at heart and maintain high standards of education, ethics, discipline and practice. BAcC members also carry full insurance and have received extensive training (minimum 3 years degree level).
What can acupuncture help with?
Here are just a few of the conditions that can be helped with acupuncture:
Anxiety, Asthma, Back Pain, Chronic fatigue syndrome, Chronic pain, Colds and Flu, Coronary Heart Disease, Depression, Dymenorrhoea, Endometriosis, Fertility-male and female, Fibromyalgia, Headaches, Hypertension, Insomnia, Itrritable bowel Syndrome, Menopausal symptoms, Migraines, Obstetrics, Osteoarthritis, PCOS, PMT, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sciatica, Sinusitis, Sports injuries, Stroke, Substance misuse, Tennis elbow, Thyroid disease, Vertigo.
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