Acupuncture is an ancient method of healing which originated in China. It was developed as a complete system of medicine based on detailed observation of the human body and the cycles of nature.
Early acupuncturists recorded and treated many ailments which are now recognised and acknowledged by modern biomedical science. A growing body of evidence for the effectiveness of acupuncture is available, and the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) is currently reviewing its guidelines regarding the possible use of acupuncture for the management of chronic pain.
Acupuncture aims to restore and maintain balance and vitality of mind and body by regulating the flow of life energy or Qi along pathways known as channels or meridians throughout the body. When Qi becomes disturbed by lifestyle, environmental, or internal reasons it can become blocked or depleted, manifesting in illness, pain, physical or mental discomfort.
Treatment to address these blockages and disturbances with acupuncture consists of the insertion of very thin, hair-like needles into specific junctions or points along those pathways. Other techniques may be used such as cupping, moxibustion, and massage.
How can acupuncture help?
People choose to have acupuncture for relief of specific issues such as osteoarthritis of the knee, headaches or lower back pain for example. Others have acupuncture as a preventative treatment to maintain good health, or for relaxation and well-being.
As a trained acupuncturist, I take into consideration your whole individual health history, current symptoms and complaints as well as your constitution. Your treatment is individualised and based on your state of health and lifestyle.
To find out more how you may benefit from acupuncture treatment, please contact me to discuss.
What happens during an acupuncture session?
I will take your medical history, discuss your daily routine as well as read your pulses, look at your tongue and carry out a physical examination. This may involve me checking the site of discomfort, apply gentle pressure along meridian pathways and specific acupuncture points to check for reactivity.
I will subsequently decide on a combination of points to stimulate which will aim to address the root of your issues as well as provide symptom relief. The needles used are hair-thin, sterile and single use, and will be opened in front of you.
I will provide a recommendation as to how many treatments you may need after our first appointment.
Is acupuncture safe?
The risk of serious adverse effects from acupuncture is extremely low, especially when practiced by properly trained and qualified traditional acupuncturists.
If you are under the care of your GP for a specific condition, it is recommended you do not stop your medication. I advise you inform your GP that you intend to have acupuncture treatments.
I will ask you about any treatment and prescribed medications you are taking during our consultation.
If I identify any potentially serious underlying health condition, I will refer you to see your GP.