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Acupuncture

"Health is a complete state of harmony of the body, mind and spirit"

acupuncturist taking a patient's pulse

What is acupuncture?

 

Acupuncture is one of the most widely practiced complementary medical treatments in the UK and involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific points throughout the body. Acupuncture is a system of healing which has been practised in China and other Eastern countries for thousands of years, it adopts a holistic approach to healthcare, considering the mind and body as one and is based on the idea that a blockage or disturbance in the flow of ‘qi’ (a term used in Traditional Chinese Medicine theory to describe body processes and functions) can cause health issues. Although often described as a means of pain relief, it is in fact used to treat people with a wide range of illnesses. 

What will my acupuncturist do?

 

During the initial consultation we will go through your full medical history, read your pulse, look at your tongue and examine the site of your symptoms if appropriate. A full diagnosis will be made in Chinese Medicine terms and your individual treatment plan made, a combination of points will be chosen according to your symptoms and what is right for your body. Alternative techniques may be used if necessary such as moxibustion, cupping or guasha, these will be explained and discussed at the appointment. Single use sterile needles are used and safely disposed of after every treatment.

What will it feel like?

 

Acupuncture needles are so fine that most people don’t feel them being inserted, you may feel a mild tingle or dull ache as the needle is adjusted, this is normal. Most people feel deeply relaxed during treatment and those people with an aversion to needles often end up enjoying acupuncture due to its positive effects and relaxing treatments.

 

How many treatments will I need?

 

Each patient’s treatment plan will be different because acupuncture treats the person not just the condition they have. Usually patient’s require weekly sessions to begin with. Long term health complaints may require bi-weekly treatments to begin with and monthly ongoing sessions. Patients with lifelong conditions may choose to use acupuncture as an ongoing way to help manage their health and wellbeing. How often you should come for treatment will be discussed with you at your first appointment.

 

Is acupuncture safe?

 

When practised by a licensed, well trained acupuncturist, acupuncture is an extremely safe treatment for all ages from infants to elderly. It is important to seek an appropriately and comprehensively trained acupuncturist.

What can acupuncture treat?

Acupuncture can help a variety of conditions such as:

Chronic pain  

Anxiety disorders                          

PTSD                                              

Post natal issues

Headaches and Migraines            

Pregnancy related conditions (including birth preparation)

ADHD

Stress                                  

Fertility issues                              

MS 

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome         

Asthma 

Autoimmune conditions                

PMS

Gynaecological conditions            

Menopausal symptoms

Hypertension

Musculoskeletal pain.                  

Insomnia

Poor immunity                               

Depression

IBS 

Skin conditions                                                               

How can I prepare for my acupuncture treatment?

You should eat a snack or a light meal within 2 hours of your appointment time so that your body has enough energy to work with, you can risk feeling light headed if you attend your appointment on an empty stomach. It is also helpful not to drink caffeine at least 2 hours before your appointment. Wear loose fitting comfortable clothing so that points can be accessed easily.

What should I do after my acupuncture treatment?

  • Allow extra time to relax after acupuncture if possible

  • Keep warm

  • Avoid strenuous exercise

  • Eat well and drink enough water

  • Be aware of any received benefits, effects, and general experience after treatment as this feedback may be useful for your acupuncturist

 

Initial consultation   1hr 15   £65

Follow up appointments   1hr   £48

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