Traditional acupuncture is a healthcare system based on ancient principles which go back nearly two thousand years. It is one of the longest established forms of healthcare in the world. Traditional acupuncture sees illness as a sign that the body is out of balance. The overall aim of acupuncture treatment is to restore the body’s equilibrium.
Acupuncturists are trained to use subtle diagnostic techniques that have been developed and refined for centuries. The focus is on the individual, not their illness, and all the symptoms are seen in relation to each other. Each patient is unique; two people with the same western diagnosis may well receive different acupuncture treatments.
Traditional acupuncturists believe that the underlying principle of treatment is that illness and pain occur when the body’s qi, or vital energy, cannot flow freely. There can be many reasons for this; emotional and physical stress, poor nutrition, infection or injury are among the most common. By inserting ultra-fine sterile needles into specific acupuncture points, a traditional acupuncturist seeks to re-establish the free flow of qi to restore balance and trigger the body’s natural healing response.
What happens on the first visit?
An initial session takes about one hour and twenty minutes. In the first half hour you will be askeda range of questions about your health. Once a diagnosis is made you will receive a treatment. Follow up appointments take between 45 minutes to an hour. It is helpful to wear loose clothing and to bring a list of medications you are taking.
What does it feel like?
You may experience a slight sensation when the needles are inserted, however most clients find the therapeutic effect far outweighs any minor discomfort. The needles are usually retained for about 20 to 30 minutes.
How many treatments are needed?
We are all different and respond differently. Usually you should expect some improvement within two to three sessions.
Do herbs help?
You do not need to take herbs but in some cases Chinese herbs may be useful in bringing about an effective treatment. I have been practising herbal medicine for nearly two decades and have a lot of experience in this field.
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