Acupuncture Treatment

 

What is Acupuncture

Acupuncture is an integral part of Traditional Chinese Medicine that has been researched and refined for over 2,000 years. Its aims are to treat the whole person and restore the balance between the physical, emotional and mental aspect of the individual rather than specific symptoms in isolation.

Acupuncture brings the body back to a state of equilibrium by the insertion of very fine needles just beneath the body’s surface into acupuncture points that are stituated along the meridian channels/energy channels. which then effect and stimulate the systems of the body. These systems include the energy, nervous, circulatory and immune system.

The energy channels circulate throughout the body and connect to all the organs, like a network of river and streams that when harmonized flow freely but when there is disturbance can cause blockages and a disruption in the flow of chi/ energy in the channels that result in symptoms.

Acupuncture is now widely used all over the world and currently the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends considering acupuncture as a treatment option for chronic lower back pain, chronic tension-type headaches and migraines. Other problems include neck pain and post-chemotherapy symptoms.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has a long list of conditions, symptoms and diseases acupuncture has been shown through trials to have an effect on. These include various acute and chronic pain conditions and digestive ailments.

Acupuncture has become well recognised in the effective reduction of pain but it has also been used in the treatment of a wide range of other conditions including:

  • Musculoskeletal: arthritis, rheumatism, lower back ache, neck pain, strain and sprain injuries, sports injuries, frozen shoulder/elbow, osteoarthritis and general tightness in the muscles.
  • Gastrointestinal: Constipation, diarrhea, IBS,heartburn, and indigestion.
  • Gynaecological: PMT, irregular , painful or heavy periods, menopausal symptoms and infertility.
  • Respiratory conditions:Influenza, cough, asthma sinusitis and hay fever.
  • Uro-genital: Cystitis, frequent urination, incontinence.
  • Stress: Headaches, insomnia, anxiety and a general sense of unease.
  • Lack of energy : Tiredness, no motivation, and poor memory.

Who has Acupuncture ?

It can aid a wide range of conditions by supporting the immune system, strengthening and enhancing the body, releasing tensions, blockages, and preventing the build up of phlegm, cold, damp and heat.

Acupuncture Treatment

Some people decide to have acupuncture for help for a specific symptom or condition. Others choose to have treatments to help maintain good health and as a preventative form of healthcare to strengthen the constitution or simply to improve their sense of wellbeing.

Acupuncture is now widely used all over the world and currently the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends considering acupuncture as a treatment option for chronic lower back pain, chronic tension-type headaches and migraines. Other problems include neck pain and post-chemotherapy symptoms.

 

 

What happens when I go for a treatment ?

Personal Treatment Plan

Through my experience as a practioner, when people are unwell they are already suffering a certain amount of stress so it is understandable some clients can be quite unsettled and distressed at the thought of having needles put into them. As a matter of course I always give a brief introduction to what Acupuncture will entail and go through any worrying ideas you may have about the process. Different diagnostic methods are used to acquire a full picture of your health. These will include taking a full medical history, tongue analysis and pulse diagnosis.

A personal treatment plan is then put together and acupuncture points are then selected according to your diagnosis.

 

The selected acupuncture points are then inserted with very fine needles that are much thinner than an injection needle. The needles are retained for 20-30 mins whilst lying down. This period of time can effect a deep sense of relaxation The needles used are both sterile and disposable (single use) and once the needles are inserted the sensation is often described as a tingling sensation or dull ache.

The acupuncture treatment can be supplemented with the use of Moxibustion and Cupping. Moxibustion is the use of a smoldering herb ( Mugwort) and is used to warm an Acupuncture point to facilitate the free flow of chi/ energy.

Cupping is the use of glass or plastic cups that are placed onto the skin where a vacum is created for treating painful syndromes and other conditions like asthma and chronic coughs.

How long and how many sessions will I need ?

The first treament can take up to 1 and half hours which will include both the case history and treatment. Subsequent treatments will then take up to 40 mins to 1hour.

Sometimes two or three treatments will be enough, though sometimes a series of sessions over several months will be needed. The time period will be dependent upon the condition and can be discussed during the first session.

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