What is Traditional Chinese Acupuncture and how can it help me?
Traditional Chinese Acupuncture originates from ancient Chinese Medicine and is founded on the theory that it can reinstate the vital energy (the Qi) by inserting fine needles at certain sites in the body. As practitioners, we believe that when this life force (Qi) is not flowing freely through the meridian channels, this can cause illnesses. By restoring this flow of energy we then restore health.
Many people use acupuncture for help with therapeutic purposes with specific symptoms or conditions. Others choose acupuncture as a preventive measure to strengthen their constitution or because they just feel generally unwell or tired. It can be very effective when integrated with conventional medicine.
How many treatments will I need?
That depends on your individual constitution. Your acupuncturist will assess your condition during your initial consultation and normally would ask to see you once or twice a week. You may start to feel benefits after the second or third treatment although long-standing and chronic conditions usually need more time to improve. Once your health has stabilised you may need fewer treatments every month or so. Traditional acupuncture is also very effective when used as preventive healthcare and many people like to go for a “Tune up” sessions at the change of each season throughout the year.
What does acupuncture feels like?
Most people find acupuncture to be very relaxing. Patients often describe the needle sensation as a tingling or dull ache. At most, some might feel like a prick of the needle.
On my Initial Consultation?
Your practitioner will assess your general health, medical history and physical health if needed. The initial consultation last usually between 1hour to 1 hour and half (including half an hour to one hour. Please bring the list of your medications with you if you have any, it will be required for a complete diagnosis. The practitioner will then take your pulse and examine your tongue. Once the diagnosis is determined, you’ll be asked to sit or lie down for the insertion of the needles.
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An initial acupuncture session usually lasts one hour to 1hour and half followed by insertion of the acupuncture needles.
Courses of treatment often involve several separate sessions, but this can vary.
I am scared of needles, can I still have acupuncture?
Yes, Acupuncture needles are very much finer than the needles used for injections and blood tests. You may not even feel them penetrate the skin and once in place they are hardly noticeable.
What should I do before a treatment?
Try not to have a large meal within an hour of your appointment as the process of digestion will alter the pattern of your pulse, and you may need to lie on your stomach. You should also avoid alcohol and food or drink that colours your tongue such as coffee or strong tea. It is a good idea to wear loose-fitting clothes so that the acupuncture points, especially those on your lower limbs, are easily accessible.
Should I tell my doctor that I am having acupuncture?
If you are currently receiving treatment from your doctor it is sensible to mention that you plan to have acupuncture. Your acupuncturist will need to know about any medication you are taking as this may affect your response to the acupuncture treatment.
Should I still take my prescribed medication while I am having a course of acupuncture?
Yes. The acupuncture treatment may enable you to reduce or even stop taking some forms of medication but you should always consult your doctor regarding any change of prescription. DO NOT stop taking medication without professional guidance.