Traditional Chinese Acupuncture is a healing system originating in the Far East and has been practised for more than 2,000 years. The focus of acupuncture treatment is on improving the overall well being of the patient, rather than the isolated treatment of specific symptom. Traditional Chinese philosophy tells us that our health is dependent on the body’s motivating energy, known as Qi, this energy moves in a harmonised way through a series of meridians beneath the skin. Through the insertion of ultra fine sterile disposable needles into the meridians, your acupuncturist aims to ensure that the Qi continues flowing in its harmonised path thus stimulating the body’s natural healing response.
Treatment is aimed at the root of your condition as well as your main symptoms. This approach helps with resolving your problem and enhancing your feeling of wellbeing.
Many people come to acupuncture for help with specific symptoms or to relieve specific pains like osteoarthritis of the knee, nausea, short term relief for tension type headaches as well as dental pain and migraine. Some use acupuncture because they feel generally unwell but have no obvious diagnosis. Others choose acupuncture simply to enhance their feeling of wellbeing. Acupuncture is considered suitable for all ages including babies and children. It can be used effectively alongside conventional medicine. For further information on migraine please download the fact sheets from here
Remember that acupuncturists treat the person, not just the condition which they have, so each patient’s treatment plan will be different. However, you can always ask about other patients’ experiences, to give you an idea of what to expect. Many people return to acupuncture again and again because they find it so beneficial and relaxing.
What to Expect on Your First Visit
During your first acupuncture consultation you be asked about your general state of health, current symptoms, previous treatment you have received and medical history. During this time you will have your tongue examined as well as having your pulse taken. It is recommended that you have a light snack an hour or so before treatment and wear loose clothing.
You should allow up to 1½ hours for your initial acupuncture consultation and first treatment combined. Generally a course of six acupuncture treatments over a period of six weeks would be recommended, this may vary depending on the condition. Patients then move on to less frequent treatments between once or twice a month.
British Acupuncture Council Information Leaflets
The British Acupuncture Council holds information leaflets on a number of conditions that acupuncture may help with, these leaflets also contain information on current research into acupuncture for these conditions. To take a look or download these leaflets please click here