Traditional acupuncture is a branch of traditional Chinese medicine and has been practised for thousands of years in China. Today it is practised all around the world to treat many conditions.
Your first treatment
Your first visit will include a consultation where you can tell me about your condition and I can ask you general and specific questions about your health and life style. I will ask to look at your tongue, take your pulse on both wrists and, if it is relevent, examine areas of muscular tension or pain. From this I will make a diagnosis and treatment plan which will be individually tailored to the symptoms you are experiencing and who you are. Treatment is usually given laying down on a therapy table. The most commonly used acupuncture points are located below the elbows and knees so you will probably need to roll up your sleeves and trousers, or if other points on the body are used you will need to undress to your underwear.
Does it hurt?
Most of my new patients are surprised and relieved to find that acupuncture doesn't hurt. The needles, which stimulate the acupuncture points, are very fine and gently inserted. You may feel a slight tingling, pricking, aching or heavy sensation - or nothing at all. Once in place any sensations usually stop within a few seconds and the needles are generally left in place for twenty minutes. Most people find this very relaxing.
As well as needling massage, acupressure and warmth and vacuum sealed cups may also be used to stimulate points to help relieve muscle tension, stimulate blood flow, open energy channels and clear stagnation.
Most people feel calm and relaxed after a treatment and a little time to rest after your treatment is recommended. People are often surprised to find that as well as help with the condition that bought them for treatment they experience 'positive side effects' from acupuncture such as improved sleep or digestive function.