Acupuncture has been used in China and other eastern cultures for thousands of years. More and more people enjoy the benefits of this safe and long established system of medicine for many of today’s ills. Traditional acupuncture treats the whole person and helps to restore, promote and maintain good health. People may come with specific symptoms or conditions, they might feel generally unwell, or they may wish to strengthen their constitution and sense of well-being, using it as a preventive measure.
Treatments: At your first session I will take a thorough case history, asking you about your current symptoms, other treatments you have received, and many aspects of your overall health like your diet, digestive system, sleep patterns and emotional state. All this will help me decide what kind of treatment you will need. I will feel your pulses on both wrists during the session from time to time to get feedback on how you respond to the treatment. Sometimes the needles are inserted and quickly withdrawn, or they are left in for a while which can be relaxing and calming. The points used may not always be near the problem area, for example in the case of headaches, needles might be placed in your hands or feet. Each treatment is specific to you and your needs rather than just following a prescribed formula.
Safety and comfort: Acupuncture has a very sound track record. The acupuncture needles are single use, sterile and disposable. Usually there is some sensation as the very fine needles are inserted at each acupuncture point, more of a sense of contact with the energy rather than discomfort, often described as a tingling or dull ache. Very different from the pain felt with injections or blood tests.
How many sessions will you need? This varies a lot from person to person, but 4 – 6 treatments will give a good idea how beneficial acupuncture can be for you and often will resolve or improve the problems you came with. I might also recommend that you come back a few times a year to give your energy a boost and maintain good health. People often appreciate this form of prevention.
Please contact me if you wish to ask questions about your specific health issues and we can discuss an appropriate treatment plan for you.