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Treatments

Treatment is holistic, and takes into account the lifestyle and medical history of each individual patient - dietary and lifestyle advice is often central to the healing process, although we promise to keep it practical!

Treatments last one hour, although the initial consultation is longer as we need to get a full case history and ask lots of questions, take your pulse and look at your tongue.  Some of this may seem irrelevant to the problem you'd like treated, but trust us, it's not irrelevant to us, and we will of course focus your treatment as you wish.

The number of treatments you need will depend on your condition, your general health, and how long you have been suffering - and may involve making lifestyle and dietary changes.  Acute problems may only need a couple of treatments, whereas longer-standing issues may need at least 10 weekly sessions.  Your practitioner will be able to give you a better idea.  Most people would usually see some improvement in 4-6 sessions.  For prices and contacts see here.

 Acupuncture works to help maintain your body's equilibrium. It involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body to regulate the flow of ‘qi', your body's vital energy. For a number of lifestyle and environmental reasons, "Qi" can become disturbed, depleted or blocked, which can result in some symptoms of pain or illness. Traditional acupuncture can be an effective therapy to help restore balance and promote physical and emotional harmony.

Treatment is aimed at the root of your condition as well as your main symptoms. This approach helps with resolving your problem and enhancing your feeling of wellbeing.  The World Health Organisation (WHO) has published a long list of conditions which have been treated with acupuncture in controlled trials. 

You may notice other niggling problems resolve as your main health complaint improves.

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. Acupuncture is now widely used and accepted all over the world. In the UK more and more people are finding out what acupuncture can do for them.

Who has acupuncture?

Many people come to acupuncture for help with specific symptoms or to relieve specific pains like osteoarthritis of the knee. Some use acupuncture because they feel generally unwell but have no obvious diagnosis. Others choose acupuncture simply to enhance their feeling of wellbeing. Acupuncture is considered suitable for all ages including babies and children. It can be used effectively alongside conventional medicine.

ACUPUNCTURE
Acupuncture doesn't have to be a daunting experience.  We do our best to make your experience a tranquil and pleasurable one. Most people find treatments are extremely calming (some even fall asleep on the treatment table!), and leave the room either deeply relaxed or with renewed energy.

The acupuncture needles used are sterile and used only once.  Most are about as fine as a horse hair (nothing like an injection needle!) and are generally painless. Many do not feel them at all.  There often follows a sensation known as "De Qi" which is typically described as a dull ache, a sensation of pressure or warmth, or a radiating or tingling sensation - this should not feel unpleasant, and needles can be adjusted or removed at any time if you feel uncomfortable.

MOXIBUSTION
Part of your treatment may include burning a warming herb called "moxa" over the skin and the channels.  Again, this should be a comfortable and enjoyable sensation, and is especially useful in cold, stiff or painful conditions. 

TUI NA MASSAGE
"TuiNa" or Chinese massage may be used as part of your treatment, which is related to acupressure and shiatsu, but uses more Traditional Chinese Medicine ideas of moving or supporting the "Qi", or energy, of the body. 

CUPPING
We may also use "Cupping" which involves applying a suction cup to the skin (under vacuum) over acupuncture points and meridians, usually on the back, neck and shoulders. Oil may be applied to the skin and the cups can be slid along the meridians and muscles relieving tension and pain.