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About Acupuncture

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About acupuncture treatment

Acupuncture treatment often brings welcome ‘side-benefits’. We go to the doctor with one problem, and treatment for that can cause unwanted side effects. When you come for acupuncture it’s almost impossible to treat you for one thing. We can’t make a diagnosis until we know everything about your health – it’s just the way the system of medicine works. Acupuncture treatment aims to reach the root cause of your symptoms, and so along the way you’ll find that other things begin to improve as well.

How does acupuncture treatment work?

Acupuncturists work with the concept of ‘Qi’, or life force. We assess the state of your Qi by taking your pulses at both wrists. Although you can’t see Qi, you can certainly feel it. It’s what makes you feel alive. It’s what shifts inside you when you get angry, feel sad or fall in love.

Qi should flow smoothly around your body to keep you in optimum health. All kinds of things can stop that from happening: poor diet, too many late nights, repeated emotional patterns, bad weather – the list is endless. If you put even a small dam in a river, it’s going to have consequences down-stream. Acupuncture points are a way of accessing the flow of energy to free up blocks – so ultimately it’s your own Qi that does the healing.

Acupuncture Research

The British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) provides fact sheets summarising research into conditions that can be addressed with acupuncture. Note that research on acupuncture for some conditions can seem inconclusive.  Acupuncture treatment doesn’t easily lend itself to the type of randomised controlled trials favoured by conventional medicine.  It’s great to look at research but always worth asking us directly about our experience of working with your condition.  Likewise, if you don’t see your condition listed here do get in touch to see whether we can help.

Acupuncture for acne
Acupuncture for allergic rhinitis
Acupuncture for anxiety
Acupuncture for arrythmias and heart failure
Acupuncture for asthma
Acupuncture for back pain
Acupuncture for Bell’s Palsy
Acupuncture for cancer care
Acupuncture for carpal tunnel syndrome
Acupuncture for childbirth
Acupuncture for chronic fatigue syndrome
Acupuncture for chronic pain
Acupuncture for colds and flu
Acupuncture for COPD
Acupuncture for coronary heart disease
Acupuncture for cystitis
Acupuncture for dementia
Acupuncture for dentistry
Acupuncture for depression
Acupuncture for dysmenorrhoea
Acupuncture for eczema and psoriasis
Acupuncture for endometriosis
Acupuncture for facial pain
Acupuncture for female fertility
Acupuncture for fibromyalgia
Acupuncture for frozen shoulder
Acupuncture for gastrointestinal tract disorders
Acupuncture for gout
Acupuncture for headache
Acupuncture for herpes
Acupuncture for HIV infection
Acupuncture for hypertension
Acupuncture for infertility ART
Acupuncture for insomnia
Acupuncture for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Acupuncture for kidney stones
Acupuncture for male intertility
Acupuncture for menopausal symptoms
Acupuncture for migraines
Acupuncture for multiple sclerosis
Acupuncture for nausea and vomiting
Acupuncture for neck pain
Acupuncture for neuropathic pain
Acupuncture for obesity
Acupuncture for obstetrics
Acupuncture for osteoarthritis
Acupuncture for palliative care
Acupuncture for Parkinson’s disease
Acupuncture for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
Acupuncture for post-operative pain
Acupuncture for post-traumatic stress disorder
Acupuncture for premenstrual syndrome
Acupuncture for puerperium
Acupuncture for Raynaud’s disease
Acupuncture for rheumatoid arthritis
Acupuncture for sciatica
Acupuncture for sinusitis
Acupuncture for sports injuries
Acupuncture for stress
Acupuncture for stroke
Acupuncture for substance misuse
Acupuncture for tennis elbow
Acupuncture for thyroid disease
Acupuncture for tinnitus
Acupuncture for type 2 diabetes
Acupuncture for urinary incontinence
Acupuncture for vertigo

Frequently Asked Questions

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What happens on my first visit?

Your first appointment takes an hour and a half and follow-ups are 45 minutes. The first session is longer because we need to take detailed information about your condition. We will ask about how long you’ve had it, how it’s changed and what other treatments you’ve tried. We also want to find out about your general state of health – your sleep, appetite, digestion and lifestyle. This information helps to uncover imbalances which might be causing or worsening your condition and to tailor the treatment to your individual needs.

Diagnosis

As well as asking questions, we will take your pulse in three different positions on each wrist. Unlike conventional medics, we are not feeling solely for the pulse rate but more for the shape and strength in different positions. Practitioners of Chinese Medicine believe that your vital energy, or ‘Qi’ flows around your body in twelve channels, or meridians. The different pulse positions on your wrists tell the us about the flow of Qi in each of those twelve channels. This gives a good picture of your general state of health and any major imbalances.

We will also want to look at your tongue, and are looking for shape, colour, coating, spots, cracks and movement. These all give information which helps tailor your diagnosis.

Treatment

You will receive a simple  acupuncture treatment on your first visit. We want to make sure you are entirely comfortable with the process. Simple, minimalist treatment in the early stages often gives us the best diagnostic information. We build from there.

What are the needles like?

Acupuncture needles are made of stainless steel. They are small and fine – usually no thicker than a hair – and come in sterile, single-use blister packs.

How will I feel during acupuncture treatment?

It’s difficult to predict how individuals will respond to treatment. The majority of patients find treatment very relaxing – some even fall asleep!

How often will I need to come?

Some conditions respond immediately to acupuncture and others take a good deal longer. Generally the longer you’ve had a condition, the more treatments you’ll expect to have and the more frequently you’ll need to come.

On average, you can expect to come once a week for four treatments and then we will review the progress. By this time we will have a good idea of how the acupuncture is working  and can discuss lengthening the time between treatments. Some people will not need further treatment, whilst others work towards coming seasonally for maintenance treatment. Many of our patients continue to come monthly because they feel acupuncture treatment keeps them  physically and emotionally balanced.