What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese system of healing that has been found to have been used in Oriental Countries for thousands of years. This traditional philosophy believes that good health depends upon the body’s energy moving through channels beneath the skin in both a smooth and balanced way.
If someone suffers from an imbalance in this energy then symptoms of ill health, mental or physical, can be the result.
Acupuncture treatment harmonises and rebalances the energy flow, restoring health and vitality to the person once more.
What are the benefits?
There are numerous benefits from Acupuncture alongside pain relief and alleviating symptoms from a great many illnesses. With regular treatment Acupuncture can also help to improve your health by boosting the immune system. It can also help to lift your mood, and provide you with improvements in your energy levels and your overall sense of wellbeing.
In particular Five Element Acupuncture works at a deeper core level and is tailored to the individuals own particular energy type, giving further added benefits.
What happens during Acupuncture treatment?
Acupuncture uses very fine single-use pre-sterilised needles to stimulate specific acupuncture points on your body. Because energy meridians range across the whole body, the points used are not necessarily close to where you experience pain or discomfort. For example, if you suffer from headaches needles might be inserted in your foot or hand.
Acupuncture needles are very fine – as thin as a hair – and often when painless inserted – they are manipulated until a mild tingling sensation or dull ache is experienced. Depending upon the effect required they are either removed immediately afterwards or they can be left for 20 – 30 minutes. Often both methods are used during a treatment. The patient commonly experiences a pleasant sensation and feeling of relaxation which often remains after treatment finishes.
How often would I need treatment?
Treatment often begins with 4 sessions, on a weekly basis.
Depending on the nature of the problem, whether acute or more chronic, frequency of treatments can be increased or reduced as symptoms improve.
Patients can often feel the effects immediately or gradually over several sessions as the effect of treatment builds.
Many patients feel improved benefits and continue with two weekly or monthly ‘top up’ sessions to continue the beneficial effects.
Other treatment available that can be used alongside acupuncture:
Moxibustion: heat is applied to an acupuncture point or meridian using moxa (a therapeutic herb) and/or heat lamps to warm and relax muscles and qi – can also be used on needles for added benefit
Cupping: glass cups with a vacuum seal are placed on the skin to stimulate blood flow and clear stagnant qi, releasing tension
Guasha: vigorous rubbing of the skin which increases blood flow and clears stagnant qi easing muscle stiffness and tension, and often used with warming aromatic oil
Tuina: Chinese therapeutic massage which relieves muscle tension, stimulates acupressure points, opens energy meridians and stimulates the flow of qi