What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture works by rebalancing the body's flow of energy, or Qi (pronounced 'chee'). Illness can occur when the flow of energy around the body is blocked, or is uneven, and this causes symptoms.

By inserting fine needles at specific points on the body, the acupuncturist can stimulate the body's own healing response to restore a healthy balance. Patients often have a sense of wellbeing after treatment, in addition to a reduction in their symptoms. This is because acupuncture treats the physical discomfort and emotional state as a whole.

Acupuncture is a system of healing which draws on over two thousand years of experience from China and the Far East. Acupuncture has an holistic approach and can treat a very wide range of illnesses.

How many treatments will I need

The number of treatments will depend on the patient, and the duration of symptoms. Most people experience a significant improvement in symptoms within six treatment sessions.

What happens during treatment?

The first session will take about an hour. The acupuncturist will ask questions about your symptoms, your medical history, and general questions about your diet and lifestyle in order to build a complete picture of your health. Then appropriate acupuncture points for your individual treatment can be selected.

Subsequent treatments will take about 50 minutes. There will be a brief consultation to determine how you have been since the last treatment, then fine needles are inserted and left in place for 20 minutes.

Before and after treatment

Before treatment have something to eat, but please avoid alcohol and coffee. After treatment you may feel particularly relaxed and for a short while a little light-headed.

Does it hurt?

The needles used are very fine, and acupuncture is not painful. You may briefly feel a pinprick as the needle is inserted followed by a tingling sensation. Patients describe it as a dull ache, or a feeling of heaviness in the arms and legs.