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How Acupuncture Can Help You
Used for thousand of years, acupuncture offers a well-established approach to treating issues affecting our physical health and mental wellbeing.
It is based on the principle that health and wellbeing can be achieved by tapping into our natural healing mechanisms, rather than suppressing a condition or symptom. Harnessing this natural in-built intelligence allows both body and mind to normalise functionsacross body systems, including cardiovascular, digestive, endocrine, immune, integumentary, lymphatic, muscular, nervous, reproductive, respiratory, skeletal and urinary. Acupuncture also draws on the idea that physical health and emotional wellbeing are closely connected, therefore providing a truly holistic treatment, as explained in my recent articles.
Acupuncture can help with many, even rare and poorly understood health conditions, so please do get in touch to discuss your particular situation.
What Does an Acupuncture Session Involve?
Your first session is an extended appointment which takes around 1.5 hrs. This includes a full consultation to discuss your main concern, day-to-day health and medical history; a Chinese Medicine diagnosis, using techniques such as pulse taking and tongue diagnosis; and a first treatment. A follow-up treatment takes 50 minutes and the appointment provides an opportunity to review progress and use this to deliver a more targeted treatment.
During each treatment, ultra-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 and to also encourage circulation and blood flow, in order to regulate and balance your system and to improve cell renewal and the release of cell secretions.
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, auriculotherapy or kinesio-taping may be used to further support the treatments.
How Many Sessions Will I Need?
The exact number of treatments required will vary from person to person, the severity of the condition, or how long you have been suffering with it. Usually, around five treatments spaced weekly will be recommended to improve effectiveness and get the results you want sooner.
In the longer-term, many people choose to have an acupuncture treatment monthly or every 6-8 weeks, to maintain results, to help address issues as they arise or as ‘preventative medicine’ supporting general health and wellbeing.
Still not sure?
Book a free 15-minutes consultation to discuss your situation and find out more about how acupuncture can help you.