What happens during an acupuncture treatment?
During the first consultation I will talk through your medical history, general day to day health and all the factors that contribute to your current state of health, including what has led you to try acupuncture and what treatment you may have previously tried.
This usually lasts up to one and a half hours and allows me to develop a specifically tailored diagnosis and treatment, personal to you. Subsequent treatments are 45 minutes to one hour.
During a treatment, very fine needles are inserted into specific points on the body, to promote healing and restore your body’s balance. Where appropriate, I will discuss day to day changes which can complement the treatment, this may include lifestyle advice, dietary advice or exercises.
Each treatment is specially designed around the individual, diagnosing and treating the root of the problem, as well as the resulting symptoms.
In addition or sometimes instead of needles I may use the following:
- Moxibustion: Heat is applied to acupuncture points, channels or areas of the body. This nourishes, warms and moves energy. It can also be used specifically to turn babies who are breech.
- Guasha: this involves rubbing the skin with a jade tool and brings blood flow and energy to the surface of the skin.
- Cupping: round suction cups are placed over points and areas of the body. This can relieve tension and move blocked energy.
Many people report feeling relaxed after treatment and improvements can be made after just one session. Usually at least four sessions are recommended to establish what acupuncture can do for you and the scope of treatment for your condition. This is continually reviewed and evaluated at the beginning of each treatment to ensure treatment is addressing the issues and you are benefiting from acupuncture.
Many people use a course of acupuncture as a way to get well again and then space treatment out to when it is needed to maintain health and balance.