Consultation 8What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture works to help maintain your body’s equilibrium. It involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body to regulate the flow of ‘qi’, your body’s vital energy. For a number of lifestyle and environmental reasons, qi can become disturbed, depleted or blocked, which can result in some symptoms of pain and illness. In certain instances, traditional acupuncture can be an effective therapy to help restore balance and promote physical and emotional harmony.

Acupuncture is a traditional method originating from China over 3,000 years ago. An acupuncturist considers dis-ease in terms of a number of collective symptoms, rather than treating what would be considered a ‘condition’ or ‘illness’ by an orthodox western doctor.

How does it work?

Symptoms may occur through physical or emotional stress, poor nutrition or injury. When this happens, it is an imbalance of your qi, or your body’s vital life energy that are causing the symptoms. Acupuncture works to rebalance the body’s qi by inserting ultra-fine needles into acupuncture points in the body.

In certain instances, traditional acupuncture can be an effective therapy to help restore balance and promote physical and emotional harmony. Treatment is aimed at the root cause of your condition as well as your main symptoms. This approach helps with resolving your problem and enhancing your feeling of wellbeing. You may notice other niggling problems resolve as your main health complaint improves.

What happens in a session?

As acupuncture is holistic, I will ask you questions about your lifestyle, diet, your emotions as well as your physical symptoms. This way, underlying causes that may be causing your physical symptoms can also be addressed so that there is a less likely chance of symptoms reoccurring.

I will also ask to look at your tongue and will take your pulse, which gives them a lot of information about what is happening in your body, so that they can help you effectively.

Patients may be asked to lay on their front, back, side or sitting up. Once the needles are inserted, they are left in for about 20 minutes and you will feel very relaxed, maybe even sleepy! The whole session usually lasts about an hour; though expect the first session to be longer to allow for the health consultation.

Is it safe?

All needles are sterilised and kept in secure packaging. Once they have been used, they are safely disposed. I follow a safe code of practice as a member of the British Acupuncture Council to ensure your upmost health and safety.

Does it hurt?

Acupuncture needles are incredibly fine and solid; they are not hollow or as thick as injection needles. In fact, they are as fine if not finer than your hair! I will work with you to help you be as relaxed as possible before starting the session. Once the needle is inserted, you may feel a tingling, warmth or heavy sensation. This is good! This is the sensation that shows the body is responding well. However, if you are really concerned about the needles, you may consider shiatsu instead, which is based on the same origins and theory, but is a type of Japanese massage, so no needles involved!

Can I claim on any private health insurance like Simply Health or HSA?

Yes, you can claim for acupuncture under most private health insurance providers. Please check with your provider first.

Should I tell my doctor?

You should let your doctor know if you are having acupuncture. Please let your complementary therapist know if you are taking medication.