A tried & tested system of medicine, treating the underlying cause of your symptoms
Acupuncture works by improving the movement of energy/Qi, which can be seen as kind of bioelectricity within our bodies, and freeing up energy stagnation and blood flow. In this regard acupuncture can be particularly helpful at treating health issues which have become chronic.
When you first get symptoms, acupuncture can quickly bring your body back into balance. When symptoms are left for too long, they are always more difficult to treat with either Western or Chinese medicine, so it pays to treat problems at an early stage.
The initial consultation involves evaluating your symptoms from a Chinese and Western medicine perspective. This involves asking questions and also a tongue and pulse diagnosis. Questions about general health e.g. sleep, appetite, general energy levels, etc. The Chinese medicine diagnosis is based on these findings. We will then discuss a course of action and treatment plan.
It is important that you feel comfortable about the course of treatment and feel free to ask any questions you may have about the process. We will review how treatment is going as treatment continues. Treatment is a process, it takes time to regain health. Chinese medicine is not a magic bullet.
*Please, also be aware that if you have been taking western medications for a long time, it may be difficult to help you with acupuncture. The treatment may be ineffective when the western medications work against the acupuncture treatment. Painkillers, short term antibiotics and medication necessary for survival such as thyroxine, insulin are the exceptions. These do not usually affect treatment. Reducing any form of western medication should not be done without the help and consent of your doctor.
Needles are inserted with a quick and light tap. You probably won't feel the insertion. When the needles are in a bit deeper you should feel a slight ache or electric sensation. This is what we want! The feeling is brief, after a few minutes you should feel very relaxed and possibly fall asleep!
Acupuncture takes time to work, therefore needles need to be left in for at least 30 minutes to have any effect.
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