Acupuncture is an ancient system of healing and forms one of the main branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
It works by managing the flow of a person’s natural energy called Qi as it moves over and through the body via a series of channels. Qi can be affected by the careful insertion of very fine needles into selected points along these channels in order to restore balance and promote recovery.
In China it has been used for thousands of years to treat a wide range of illnesses and offers a drug free approach to improving health and wellbeing.
What to expect:
The first appointment will take about an hour and a half, and during this time an examination and full medical history will be taken. It may be necessary to remove some clothing to allow for examination, so it is advisable to wear lose fitting clothes.
The patient’s pulses (three on each wrist) will be taken and the acupuncturist will also want to look at the tongue before making a final diagnosis and deciding on a treatment plan.
Who can benefit from Acupuncture?
Almost anyone can benefit from acupuncture. By consulting a properly trained and qualified practitioner, acupuncture can provide safe healthcare for the whole family from babies through to senior citizens.
Acupuncture is a gentle but profound form of treatment which does not involve drugs and is therefore free from their side effects. Depending on the needs of the patient acupuncture can be used as a standalone treatment or as a combined approach alongside conventional medical treatment.
What are the benefits of Acupuncture?
Acupuncture can help with both immediate and long term health needs. It can address your current symptoms whilst also strengthening your constitution to help prevent recurrent illness and promote a healthy mind, body and sense of self.
Is Acupuncture safe?
Yes. The British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) is the major regulating body for acupuncture in the United Kingdom. All BAcC registered Acupuncturists have a minimum of 3 years training to degree level. This includes extensive training in biomedical sciences appropriate to the practice of this medicine including anatomy, physiology and pathology.
Are the needles sterile?
Yes. All the needles are pre sterilized and disposed of after single use.
What does the treatment feel like?
The needle insertion itself is painless, but when the needle is manipulated to connect with the Qi various sensations can occur. Every patient feels the sensation slightly differently but most report a mild tingling, tugging, a warmth or very short lived dull ache at the site of the needle.
The needles are extremely fine (two hairs width) and certainly nothing like having an injection.
Can Acupuncture treatment be claimed on Medical insurance?
Yes. Most major insurers cover acupuncture treatment in their schemes. Please check with your insurer for details.
Cost of treatment:
Each appointment costs £46.