*Please see the paediatric acupuncture page for details on acupuncture for children.*
Acupuncture treats the whole person, mind body and spirit. It is part of a system of healing that began in China and other Eastern countries over 2000 years ago. It is based on the principle that good health comes from a smooth and balanced flow of energy, or Qi (pronounced chee), throughout the body. Acupuncturists use needles to tap into and influence this flow of energy, by stimulating the body’s own healing response and helping to restore its natural balance.
What does an acupuncture session involve?
The first session can last up to 90 minutes and includes a consultation. My aim during this session is to gather the information needed for me to be able to form a picture of you and your health as a whole so that I can decide how I think acupuncture will be able to help you. I will ask you for details about why you have come for acupuncture, but will also ask you about other aspects of your health and lifestyle. It is also an opportunity for you to ask me any questions or raise any concerns. I will also look at your tongue and take your pulse. This first session will also include your first treatment. Subsequent treatments last up to an hour.
How many treatments are needed?
It is difficult to know how many treatments you will need, as different people respond in different ways. Long-standing conditions do tend to take longer to respond than new ones. I like to treat people on a weekly basis initially for about 5 to 6 weeks, as I find this the most effective way of building momentum and starting to see progress. As you improve and the effects of treatment last longer, you can come for treatment less often. We review your progress every time you come for treatment and I am happy to answer any questions you have at any point during our sessions.
Treatment frequency and timing for women may also depend on where you are in the menstrual cycle.
It takes about three months to start to see big changes in the menstrual cycle, and often longer in terms of fertility.
Making the most of treatment
It may be that there are changes you could make that would also help you to feel better, so part of my role is to discuss possible lifestyle changes with you.