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Information for New Patients.

What is Acupuncture?

The principle aim of acupuncture in treating the whole person is to recover the balance between the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of the individual.

Acupuncture is a system of healing which has been practised in China and the East for thousands of years. Although often prescribed as a means of pain relief, it is in fact used to treat a wide range of illnesses. According to traditional Chinese philosophy our health is dependent on the body’s motivating energy – known as Qi (pronounced ‘chee’) – flowing through a series of meridians (channels) throughout the body.

The flow of Qi can become disturbed by a number of factors, including emotional states, such as anxiety, stress, anger, poor nutrition, hereditary factors, environment, trauma and work. If the body’s energy becomes too imbalanced illness may result. The insertion of fine needles into the channels of energy, stimulates the body’s own healing response and help restore its natural balance.

Moxibustion?

Moxibustion is a heat treatment which can be used independent or alongside acupuncture according to individual need.  It is made from the herb Mugwort into Moxa and is a common Chinese and Japanese therapy.  I personally use smokeless moxa which I apply to the end of the needles so that the heat conducts down the shaft and into the point. Alternatively I use indirect moxibustion. in which one end of a moxa stick is lit and held and inch or two away from the skin usually around the ninseted needles to bring mild warmth and a pleasant sensation.  Many people describe the sensation as a ray of sunshine on the treated area and find it to be a particularly relaxing and comforting experience.

What is Acupressure Massage?

This is frequently used in advance of an acupuncture treatment or as a ‘needle free’ alternative. The massage follows the meridian lines, gently removing knots of stagnation in muscle groups, thus stimulating the flow of Qi and Blood to the treated site. All manipulation is executed gradually to ensure comfort.

People experience different feelings at the end of each session. On the whole this is usually total relaxation followed by a feeling of well being and vitality.

Consultation

During your first visit you will be asked about the condition for which you are receiving treatment. You will be asked in some detail about your general health, medical history and lifestyle. It is also necessary to take your pulse and look at your tongue, as these provide additional, important diagnostic information and helps build a picture of the various energetic imbalances in your system.
How many treatments should you receive?

Acupuncture works with an individual’s energy to facilitate the body’s own natural healing. The rate at which a person responds to treatment depends on factors, such as age, lifestyle, length of time with condition. Expected number of treatments can therefore be difficult to predict, in which case a likely range is given, combined with lifestyle advice, regular reviews and reassessment.

Cost

Each treatment and consultation lasts about 1 hour and cost £37.00 per session in total.

 

Reactions to Acupuncture treatment

For most patients, an acupuncture treatment is relaxing and restful, leaving them slightly tired but with no significant side affects. On rare occasions, a patient may feel faint during or after needle insertion. If this happens the treatment is interrupted and the patient is kept comfortable until they feel all right again. Occasionally, an acupuncture point may bleed slightly (spot) after being needled and this stops within a second or two. Bruising is another rare side effect and should be mentioned at the clinic during the following visit.

Advice for preparation and after care

It is best to eat a light meal before coming for treatment. Since you may feel slightly tired after treatment it is best to avoid heavy exertion, large meals and very hot baths for the rest of the day. It is also advisable to avoid alcohol before and after acupuncture treatment.