What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture originated in China and other far eastern cultures and has been developed, researched and refined for over 2000 years. Acupuncture 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 symptoms of pain and illness or feeling generally unwell. Acupuncture can be an effective therapy to help restore balance and promote physical and emotional well-being.
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.
What does acupuncture feel like?
Acupuncture needles are much finer than needles used for injections and blood tests. When a needle is inserted you may feel a tingling sensation or dull ache.
Is it safe?
The needles used are single-use, sterile and disposable. Responses to treatment can sometimes include tiredness or mild dizziness, and on occasion minor bruising may occur. However, all such reactions are short-lived.
What happens at a first treatment?
Lorraine will ask you questions about your current symptoms and your general health. Also, your tongue may be examined and your pulse taken on both wrists; this will enable a diagnosis to be made. A treatment plan will then be discussed with you, which will include acupuncture, diet and lifestyle advice.
How many sessions will I need?
Frequency and length of treatment depends on your individual condition. Lorraine will normally ask to see you at weekly intervals at first and some change is usually felt within two or three treatments.
Do I need to do anything to prepare for my acupuncture treatment?
It is advisable not to go for treatment on an empty stomach or straight after a heavy meal and to avoid alcohol before treatment. Some commonly used acupuncture points are located on the lower arms and legs, so it is helpful to wear loose fitting clothes which can be rolled up.
Should my doctor know?
Acupuncture is often used in conjunction with western medicine. If you have been prescribed medication it is recommended that you tell your doctor you are planning to have acupuncture. Do not stop your medication.
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