During the treatment, very fine single use pre-sterilised needles are inserted into specific points on the surface of the skin, known as acupoints. The acupoints are located on channels that run along the face and body, and are used to access an energetic flow, known as Qi, which acts as both a regulating and transforming force necessary for good health.
Each acupoint has a very specific function and indication, and will be chosen as part of your treatment to reflect your specific needs, based on a diagnosis that will be made through a discussion of your medical history, including seasonal health and wellbeing issues, as well as relevant lifestyle factors. Specific Chinese Medicine diagnostic tools are also used during the treatments, including pulse taking, tongue diagnosis and palpation of key body areas.
The treatment may additionally involve, if appropriate, the use of ‘moxa’, a dried herb which is heated directly on the skin, or nearby, to warm the acupoint and enhance the effectiveness of the treatment. Other techniques such as gua-sha, cupping, auriculotherapy or kinesio-taping may be used to further support the treatments. More information on the treatments available can be found here.
The number of treatments required will vary from person to person, the severity of the condition, or how long you have been suffering with it. Generally speaking however, it is recommended to plan to have a first treatment, with up to four or more follow-up sessions spaced roughly at weekly/bi-weekly intervals to improve effectiveness.
In the longer-term, many people choose to have an acupuncture treatment monthly or every 6-8 weeks, as ‘preventative medicine’, to help them address issues as they arise or to support general health and wellbeing.
Acupuncture is a safe, natural and gentle therapy that has been used for thousands of years to treat a wide range of symptoms and conditions both physical and mental. This is why people turn to acupuncture either to help with a specific concern, for instance stress and anxiety, pain, fertility, pregnancy related issues, insomnia, digestive problems, skin disorders, managing the side-effects of medication and so on, or to simply improve general wellness.
Acupuncture is also used as a way to improve facial appearances and tackle for example fine lines/wrinkles, acne or facial scars. For more information on cosmetic acupuncture and facial rejuvenation, please see our microsite SkinAcu.
Five-Element acupuncture, is based on an important idea in Chinese Medicine, that health and wellbeing can be achieved by working with you in order to kickstart your natural healing mechanisms, rather than by suppressing the condition.
Acupuncture takes a holistic view of a person's health and supports all-round wellbeing. As a result, the treatments can not only lead to improvements in a specific condition, but can often bring wider benefits too, such as improved sleep and energy levels.
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