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This is probably one of the most common concerns by those considering acupuncture treatments. Pain is not an aspect of treatment we are looking for. Patients often describe sensations such as ‘dull ache, tingling, warm or spreading’ and these are all indications that the point which has been needled is active and doing its job. I always work within the patients comfort levels and only needle the points which are most necessary for a therapeutic outcome. At your first appointment I will explain how we located acupuncture points and talk you through what I am doing.
Qi (“chee”) is our body’s energy, our life essence, the spark that drives our substance and function. We obtain qi from our parents (the genetic component) and from the food we ingest. The factors which deplete qi include age, overwork, emotional strain such as fear, stress or anxiety, poor diet, chronic illness or trauma. Health concerns may be caused by a deficiency of qi in some organs and/or an excess of qi in others and this is determined by an analysis of a wide variety of signs and symptoms according to Chinese Medicine principles.
Acupuncture points are specific locations along a channel or meridian where the qi is most accessible in order to be manipulated. Western Medicine refers to the body’s ability to regulate functions such as blood pressure and hormone levels as ‘homeostasis’ and recognizes that sometimes the body needs treatment to restore homeostasis. Similarly, acupuncture restores this balance by activating various points to treat a pattern of disharmony between yin and yang.
Acupuncture research is rapidly growing field, enhancing modern understanding of the mechanisms of action involved in acupuncture therapeutics. Currently we know that acupuncture stimulates the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) stimulating neurotransmitters, endorphins and hormone production which regulate body functions and restore homeostasis. These mechanisms are responsible for the effective treatment of numerous disorders including chronic pain (sciatica, migraines, arthritis, tremors), emotional strain (post traumatic stress, depression, anxiety), digestive disorders (irritable bowel syndrome, diarrhoea, constipation, bloating), reproductive health (polycystic ovarian syndrome, endometriosis, male and female infertility, menstrual disorders), and respiratory conditions (asthma, hayfever, allergies, sinus). The effectiveness of acupuncture and insights to its mechanisms of action are well documented in thousands of academic journals worldwide.
Please arrive 5-10 minutes early to your first appointment as we have some simple paperwork for you to complete. Any information you provide is private and confidential. During consultation I will ask what you are seeking treatment for and ask a variety of questions about your health history and current health. Some of the questions may not seem related to your main concern, however your honest answers help to form a precise diagnosis and understanding of how the problem developed over time. It also helps to determine if there are other issues which can also be treated during your acupuncture sessions.
Treatments last between 45 minutes to 1 hour. I would advise that you do not come to a treatment on an empty stomach and to bring with you any relevant test results or scans you have already had. In addition to acupuncture, treatments may include moxibustion, gua sha, electroacupuncture, ear acupuncture, cupping, dietary advice or Chinese herbs.
This largely depends on what is being treated. For most conditions, treatments are needed twice per week and may be resolved within a few weeks. Your practitioner will discuss expected treatment outcome times with you at your consultation.