ACUPUNCTURE
Acupuncture Therapy

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture originated in China and other far eastern cultures where it still features in mainstream healthcare, both as a stand-alone therapy and in combination with conventional western medicine. It is a gentle treatment which encourages the body to heal itself by using fine needles to stimulate invisible lines of energy (called Qi) running beneath the surface of the skin. A person’s Qi can become disturbed, depleted or blocked which can result in symptoms of pain and illness. The practitioner inserts the needles into carefully selected points on the patient’s body in order to stimulate or calm the Qi. As a holistic treatment it doesn’t just focus on the person’s symptoms but on the root cause of the condition. Following treatment people often feel an enhanced sense of well-being and notice that other niggling problems resolve as their main health complaint improves.

What to expect from treatment?

At the first session the practitioner will take a full case history in order to get a complete picture of the patient’s health and lifestyle. This will take between one to one and a half hours and will include detailed questioning as well as pulse and tongue diagnosis. Further treatments will take approximately 45 minutes to one hour. Acupuncture points are located all over the body so it is advisable to wear loose clothing.

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Acupuncture Treatments

Acupuncture comes under the umbrella of Chinese Medicine, so your practitioner may use other treatments such as Tui Na (a form of massage which uses the same points and meridians as acupuncture to help the circulation of Qi and Blood), cupping or Gua Sha (a technique whereby the skin is gently scraped to bring Qi and Blood to the surface, particularly useful for musculoskeletal issues). Acupuncture can treat a variety of ailments. For a full list please visit the British Acupuncture website.

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