Acupuncture is based on an ancient medical system that has been developed, practiced, researched and refined for over 2,000 years in far eastern cultures and more recently in the west. Fine needles are inserted into specific points in the body in order to stimulate the body’s own healing response. It is widely used to help with specific symptoms or pain, although some people use acupuncture because they feel generally unwell and others use it to enhance their feeling of wellbeing. Everyone’s illness and symptoms are personal to them, so acupuncture and Chinese medical philosophy emphasises treating the individual.
What happens during treatment?
Diagnosis:Different diagnostic methods are used in order to get a complete picture of your health and lifestyle. This includes a full medical history; reading your pulses; looking at your tongue and palpation. Following this, your personal treatment plan is put together.
Treatment plan: Acupuncture points are selected, and then sterile (single use) needles will be inserted. Needles are very fine (much finer than those used for injections and blood tests). When a needle is inserted you may feel a tingling sensation or dull ache, although very often you won’t feel anything at all. Treatment can be deeply relaxing.
Related treatments may be used in addition to or instead of acupuncture such as auricular acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping or therapeutic massage. Auricular acupuncture can also be used in conjunction with other therapies/programmes in the treatment of addiction.