Acupuncture dates back over 2500 years, originating in China and other Far Eastern countries. Traditional Chinese Medicine acupuncture is based on the principle that health and wellbeing are dependent on the body's energy moving smoothly through a series of channels known as meridians. This energy known as Qi (pronounced "chee") when out of balance can lead to disharmony. Inserting fine needles into specific points along these channels can help to stimulate the body's own healing response.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING TREATMENT?
Initially a detailed medical history is taken from the patient. This combined with other diagnostic methods are put together to form an individual treatment plan based on the patient's health and lifestyle. This will include reading pulses and looking at the tongue and can include examining the site of the patient's symptoms. An initial consultation usually takes approximately 1.5hrs and the follow-up consultation is 1hour. Fine sterile needles are inserted into acupuncture points - these are as fine as a human hair - and are left in situ for up to 20 minutes.
Treatment can include acupressure massage, moxibustion - where heat is applied to the needle and cupping.
The number of treatments varies depending on the nature of the condition but will be discussed at the initial consultation. Weekly treatments are normal to begin with, reducing in frequency as your body responds. The effect is usually felt within five or six treatments. Occasionally just one or two treatments are sufficient.