The aim of chinese acupuncture is to restore balance in your mind and body so you can get back to living life to the full. It’s a very positive model of health and function; the physical, emotional and mental are seen as interdependent and reflect what many people perceive as the connection between the different aspects of their lives. Acupuncture works to restore the free flow of Qi (vital energy) which may have been blocked by for example, emotional or physical stress, poor nutrition, infection or injury or illness. Ultra-fine, sterile needles are placed into specific acupuncture points on the body to help re-establish the free flow of Qi. Once the Qi starts to be rebalanced, the body’s natural healing response is triggered. Acupuncturists are trained to use subtle diagnostic techniques that have been developed and refined for thousands of years. The focus is on the individual, not the illness, and all the symptoms are seen in relation to each other. Each person is unique, so two people with the same western diagnosis may well receive different acupuncture treatments. Acupuncture is informed and underpinned by the principals of Traditional Chinese Medicine; a scholarly and comprehensive way of thinking about the body in health and illness. It is distinctly different from other types of medicine (for example, western medicine) and this enables a completely different approach to health and wellness. This really is a key strength of acupuncture.
What to expect?
I will begin by taking your medical history, assessing individual symptoms and check your pulse and tongue. I will put together an individual treatment plan and decide which combination of points is right for your whole body as well as your symptoms.
Sometimes acupuncture needles are inserted for just a second or two, or you may be left to rest for a while before the needles are removed. The needles are so fine that most people don’t feel them being inserted, but it is normal to feel a mild tingle or dull ache. Many people feel deeply relaxed during the treatment.
Normally, people will have a course of treatment. Weekly sessions are quite usual to begin with, for perhaps three to six weeks, reducing in frequency as your body responds.