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Acupuncture is a comprehensive medical system that encompasses its own diagnostic methods, it is a healthcare system based on ancient principles that dates back thousands of years.

A positive model of healing, acupuncture sees pain and illness as a sign that the body is not functioning as effectively as it should.

What makes this particular healing model stand out, is that it sees the physical, mental and emotional aspects of a person as interdependent and a typical treatment will take the whole person into consideration.

Imagine the London underground with its intertwining network of railway lines, on a good day, all will be working well, the trains will be travelling along their designated railway line, they will be on time and people will arrive at their destination as they had planned.  If an engine breaks down, it causes a blockage and disturbs the timetable, the flow of traffic is not so smooth, other trains cannot get through and stations start to become congested, causing disharmony.

These intertwining network of railway lines exists within the human body, except we call them meridians or channels, where energy and other vital substances flow.

When a person’s free flow of vital energy becomes obstructed i.e. due to physical and emotional stress, nutrition or injury, disharmony occurs and presents as pain or illness.

In order to alleviate signs and symptoms of a condition, whether it be for fertility, pain or emotional disorders,  ultra- fine needles are inserted into the skin at specific points (stations).   This will elicit an effect and re-establish the free flow of energy and vital substances in order to restore balance and trigger the body’s natural healing response.

The choice of acupuncture points selected are chosen especially with you in mind.

Acupuncture can be used for a wide range of symptoms and conditions; most commonly acupuncturists treat fertility, pain and emotional conditions, but the reality is that acupuncture can reach much more than that, often achieving results where western medicine in unable and that is because the body is seen as an intricate whole with all organs interlinking and communicating with each other.

Acupuncture treats symptoms rather than test results and feedback from clients highlights how, in many cases, symptoms that were not part of the initial consultation often improve as well, such as an increase in energy or improved sleep.  This can often bring about profound changes for those in need.

Lots of people ask, “what does acupuncture feel like?” Acupuncture is different for everyone, the needles are really fine and lots of people say that they don’t feel the needle go in, but they do feel some sensation around the needle site, this can be a feeling of warmth or a tingling. The reason that people don’t generally feel the needles is because they are really small and different to other needles that they might be familiar with or have seen in a GP practice.

Generally people find acupuncture extremely relaxing and will often fall asleep on the treatment couch while they are receiving their acupuncture treatment.

Acupuncture is really safe when conducted by a degree trained acupuncturist. The needles, like any medical equipment are completely sterile, for single use only and are disposed of at the end of each treatment.

You can expect to feel well again….

Each treatment is individualised for each patient.

During your first visit a note of your medical history will be taken as well as details of your current health and the reason you sought acupuncture.

Your pulse will be taken, but do be patient, a Chinese medicine pulse is different to the one you will be used to the doctor taking, it provides insight as to how you vital organs are functioning and suggests where the focus should be directed.

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Don’t be surprised if you are asked to show your tongue as this too is used to gather further information.

A Treatment plan will be discussed with you at the end of your treatment and you will be able to book your follow up appointment.

Lifestyle and/or dietary advice may be given in line with traditional Chinese medicine.

You will be made comfortable on the treatment couch and ultra fine needles will be inserted into acupuncture points designed to enable your recovery.

It depends ….

by enlarge it depends on 3 things.

  • What do you require treating?
  • How long have you had your condition?
  • how well do you heal?

Some conditions may respond quicker than others, for example an acute low grade back pain may respond quicker to treatment than chronic spondylosis, whilst both respond extremely well to acupuncture age and ability to heal cannot be excluded when considering response rates.

Treatments are delivered with the intention of helping you recover as quickly as possible thus allowing space for others to benefit from this wonderful treatment.

It’s not necessary but…

You will want to feel comfortable, some wear gym clothes or leggings; when arranging your first appointment you will be advised to wear loose clothing so that your arms and lower limbs are accessible, as ultra fine needles are often inserted in these areas.