The initial visit lasts approximately one and a half hours (inclusive of the first treatment) and builds up a comprehensive picture of each individual. Issues covered are presenting symptoms, medical history, family medical history, lifestyle, diet, sleep patterns, functioning of the various systems ie digestion and circulation and emotional feelings.
Pulse taking is another diagnostic tool which gives an indication as to the balance of Qi (Chee) within the person. Based upon this information a personal treatment plan can be achieved. Acupuncture points are then selected according to symptoms.
The single use sterile needles come in sealed packs and are safely disposed of after each treatment.
Is Acupuncture Safe?
The results of two independent surveys published in the British Medical Journal in 2001 (MacPherson et al, White et al, both BMJ September 2001) concluded that the risk of serious adverse reaction to acupuncture is less than 1 in 10,000.
What does it feel like?
Acupuncture needles are much finer than needles used for injections and blood tests. When the needle is inserted you may feel a tingling sensation or dull ache.
What can it do for me?
Some people turn to acupuncture for help with a specific symptom or condition. Others choose to have treatment to help maintain good health, as a preventive measure, or to improve their general sense of wellbeing.
As traditional acupuncture aims to treat the whole person rather than specific symptoms in isolation, it can be effective for a range of conditions.
This approach means that each patient's treatment plan will be different. However, you can always ask your practitioner about other patients' experiences to give you an idea of what to expect.
How many sessions will I need?
Frequency and number of sessions depend upon your individual condition. Some change is usually felt within five or six treatments, although occasionally just one or two treatments are sufficient. Some people choose to have regular acupuncture to maintain good health.