The first treatment starts with a detail consultation, recording past medical history. You will be asked about your current symptoms, your diet, digestion system, sleeping patterns and emotional state. An integral part of a Traditional Chinese Medicine treatment includes taking the pulse on both wrists, and also having a look at the tongue. These procedures indicate to us your general state of health and allow us to reach a diagnosis and treatment plan.
Acupuncture needles are much finer than needles used for injections and blood tests. Acupuncture needles are inserted a few millimetres below the skin at chosen points along the channels of energy. The needles are left in place for at least 20 minutes. Single use disposable stainless steel needles are used. The sensation may be either dull or described as tingling, with the intention of stimulating the body's own healing response and help restore and maintain its natural balance.
Frequency of treatments will depend on the individual's condition. Generally though, a course of acupuncture may involve weekly visits initially, followed by fortnightly intervals. As you improve, less frequent visits will be required.
Along side acupuncture, the use of moxa, the herb Artemisia Vulgaris and the application of cups may be included in a treatment.
You will be required to lie on a couch for full body acupuncture treatments, or on a chair for ear acupuncture. It is best to wear loose fitting clothing, so points on the legs and arms are accessible.
Acupuncture works on a mental, physical and emotional level, and can therefore benefit and treat a vast range of different conditions. According to clinical studies undertaken by the World Health Organisation, conditions that can be successfully treated with acupuncture include:
- Aches and pains - Sciatica, backache, arthritis, headaches and migraines, tennis elbow, frozen shoulder
- Digestive disorders - Abdominal pain, indigestion, nausea, constipation, IBS, diarrhoea, ulcers
- Respiratory disorders - Re-occurring colds and flu, sinusitis, tonsillitis, bronchitis, asthma, wheezing and coughing
- Gynaecological disorders - Irregular menstruation, PMT, menstrual cramps, endometriosis, infertility, menopausal symptoms
- Dermatological disorders - Eczema, acne, herpes and other skin diseases
- Urogenital disorders - Cystitis, incontinence, urinary retention
- Mental and emotional - Depression, anxiety, nervousness, stress, insomnia
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Misc. - ME, MS, post stroke paralysis, dizziness, tinnitus, toothache, earache, hypertension/high blood pressure, angina pectoris, morning sickness, sexual dysfunctions and infertility