What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an ancient type of medicine developed in China over 2000 years ago. Fine needles are inserted into the body at specific points which can regulate the flow of vital energy (qi) thus allowing the body to return to a balanced state both physically and mentally.
Acupuncture can offer an alternative approach to disease and illness and often complements western medicine practices. When treated by a qualified professional it is safe with no serious side effects.
Your First Acupuncture Appointment – What To Expect
In order to offer a treatment that is unique to you, we will discuss not only your current symptoms but also your full medical history. We will also take time to discuss what you would like to achieve from treatment and any concerns you may have.
All areas of your general well being will be discussed such as your sleep and digestion and your emotional well being. For this reason the initial appointment normally lasts up to 90 minutes.
Part of the diagnostic process will also involve taking your radial pulse, observing your tongue and palpation of some of the acupuncture meridians. This information is used alongside everything you have told us to formulate a treatment plan.
Acupuncture points will be selected and very fine, sterile needles will be inserted into those points and left in place for around 20 minutes. Throughout this time you will be able to relax, you may feel some sensation upon the needle insertion, this differs from person to person but it is generally pain free and most people tend to drift off into a deeply relaxed state.
Afterwards, depending on the treatment and your general health, you may feel more energised or more relaxed. We do recommend you avoid doing anything too taxing after your treatment, such as a long drive or vigorous exercise.
After your initial appointment we will discuss how many treatments are recommended for symptom relief however many people report an improvement after one or two sessions. Any follow up sessions normally last between 45 minutes and one hour.
Sometimes dietary guidance, lifestyle advice or even a referral to another health practitioner or GP may be necessary. You can rest assured that your health is our utmost priority and we will do everything within our capabilities to ensure you get the very best care we can offer.