What is Acupuncture and what can I expect at an appointment?

Acupuncture originated in China over 3,000 years ago and involves the insertion of very fine sterilized needles into specific points on the body to stimulate the Qi (energy) and facilitate healing. 

Traditional Chinese Medicine believes that disease is caused by the flow of Qi stagnating. There are hundreds of Acupuncture points on meridians all over the body and through stimulating appropriate points, the healing process can begin. 

An initial Acupuncture consultation takes around 75 minutes, allowing time to take a detailed history, develop an appropriate diagnosis and treatment plan and deliver the first treatment. I will ask to see your tongue and take your pulses as these give me vital clues about your health. 

Follow up appointments will take one hour. 

As the effects of Acupuncture are cumulative, it is advisable to book in for a course of Acupuncture sessions in order to achieve maximum benefit.

Where appropriate, additional techniques such as moxibustion, cupping or guasha may be included in a treatment:

Moxibustion involves burning the herb Artemesia over specific parts of the body in order to achieve a warming effect and boost circulation. It can be used to reduce pain and inflammation, boost immunity and vitality and support digestion. 

Cupping – A partial vacuum is created within glass cups, which are then placed over the skin. This has a lifting effect on the connective tissue, boosting circulation and helping to move stagnant Qi, fluids and toxins. Cupping is great for relieving back or neck pain and easing muscle tension, but is also helpful for treating respiratory conditions. Cupping will usually leave marks on the skin, which can remain for up to 5-7 days. 

Guasha– A special tool is rubbed across the skin in order to stimulate circulation and move any stagnant Qi. This is especially good for easing tight muscles. As with cupping, Guasha will leave marks on the skin (known as ‘sha’), which can range from red to purple depending on the level of stagnation, and these will fade after a few days. 

What can Acupuncture treat?

Acupuncture can be beneficial in the treatment of conditions including the following: 

· Anxiety, depression and insomnia

· Digestive issues 

· Fertility and IVF support

· Headaches and migraines

· Menstrual issues and menopause

· Musculoskeletal complaints and pain

· Respiratory conditions such as hayfever, asthma and sinusitis

To find out whether Acupuncture would be right for you, please contact me at / 07789 204535 to arrange a free 15 minute telephone consultation.