Specific treatment information will be added shortly. General information is
IBS (Irritable Bowel)
General Aches &
Lower Back Pain
Sports Injuries /
Colds / Flu
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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.
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.