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Specific treatment information will be added shortly. General information is below:

Circulatory:
Hypertension
   (High BP)
Hypotension
   (Low BP)

 
Digestive:
Constipation /
   Diarrhoea
IBS (Irritable Bowel)

 
Musculo-Skeletal:
Arthritis
General Aches &
   Pains
Lower Back Pain
Sciatic Pain
Sports Injuries /
   Sprains
 
Nervous:
Depression
Insomnia
Stress
Respiratory:
Colds / Flu
Coughs
Skin:
Acne
Bruising
Dry Skin
Eczema
Oily Skin
Psoriasis
Women's Health:
Ante Natal /
   Post Natal
Cystitis
Menstrual
   Irregularity
Menstrual Pain
PMS
Thrush

 

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In the interim, this information is provided by the BAcC:

What will happen on my first visit?

Your first consultation may be longer than subsequent sessions. The acupuncturist needs to assess your general state of health, in order to identify the underlying pattern of disharmony and give you the most effective treatment.

You will be asked about your current symptoms and what treatment you have received so far, your medical history and that of your close family, your diet, digestive system, sleeping patterns and emotional state. To discover how the energies are flowing in your body, the acupuncturist is likely to feel your pulses on both wrists, noting their quality, rhythm and strength.

The structure, colour and coating of your tongue also gives a good guide to your physical health. Once enough information has been gathered to determine the likely causes of your problems, the acupuncturist can select the most appropriate treatment.

The aim is to discover which energy channels need adjusting for your specific complaint to improve, and which require treatment to boost your overall energy and vitality.

Loose, comfortable clothing should be worn, and you should be aware that the acupuncturist may need to access points on your torso as well as on your arms and legs.

Stimulation of specific areas on or beneath the skin affects the functioning of certain organs in the body. However, those areas may not be close to the part of the body where the problem is experienced. For example, although you may suffer from headaches, needles may be inserted in your foot or hand.

There are around 500 such acupuncture points on the body, and a properly trained and experienced acupuncturist will use a selection of perhaps ten or twelve of these for each treatment. It is quite usual that, during a course of treatment, different points will be selected as the patients condition changes.

The acupuncturist may supplement the needle treatment with moxa, a smouldering herb which is used to warm acupuncture points to encourage the body's energy to flow smoothly. Other methods of stimulating acupuncture points include using lasers or electro-acupuncture. Massage, or tapping with a rounded probe, are techniques particularly suitable for small children or for people with a fear of needles.

What does it feel like?

Most people's experience of needles is of those used in injections and blood tests. Acupuncture needles bear little resemblance to these. They are much finer and are solid rather than hollow. When the needle is inserted, the sensation is often described as a tingling or dull ache. Needles are inserted either for a second or two, or may be left in place for 30 minutes or more, depending on the effect required. During treatment, patients commonly experience a heaviness in the limbs or a pleasant feeling of relaxation. The benefits of acupuncture frequently include more than just relief from a particular condition. Many people find that it can also lead to increased energy levels, better appetite and sleep as well as an enhanced sense of overall well being.

   

 


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Langley House, Tudor Road, Hazlemere, High Wycombe, HP15 7PD

Phone: 01494-811511
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No. 1103077

Updated: 18 Jan 2007

The author of the web site section on Acupuncture is Craig Vassie, BSc,MIFPA