About Acupuncture #01

What is it?

Acupuncture is a tried and tested system of healthcare devised by the Chinese and other eastern cultures. It is based on Chinese medicine principles that have been developed, researched and refined for over 2,000 years.

Acupuncture works to maintain the body’s equilibrium by focusing on all aspects of well being: physical, mental and emotional. According to traditional Chinese philosophy, our health is dependent on the body’s motivating energy moving in a smooth and balanced way through a series of channels beneath the skin. This energy is known as ‘qi’ (pronounced like chi or chee). If the flow of qi is disturbed and not moving correctly the body is out of balance and illness may result. During a treatment, the acupuncturist inserts ultra fine needles at chosen points along the channels of energy. The aim is to stimulate the body’s own healing response and restore its natural balance. Treatment is aimed at the root of your condition, as well as your symptoms. This approach can lead to a more permanent resolution of your problems.


What happens when I go for treatment?

You will be asked about your current symptoms, what treatment you have received, your medical history, your diet, digestive system, sleeping patterns and emotional state. The acupuncturist is also likely to feel your pulses on both wrists, and may ask to look at your tongue. This all forms part of the diagnosis. Your acupuncturist will then discuss with you the next steps and suggest a course of treatment.


What does it feel like?

Acupuncture needles are finer than needles used for injections and blood tests. When the needle is inserted, the sensation is often described as a tingling or dull ache.


Is it safe?

The results of two independent surveys published in the British Medical Journal in 2001 concluded that the risk of serious adverse reaction to acupuncture is less than 1 in 10,000. The needles used are single use, sterile and disposable. Responses to treatment can sometimes include tiredness or mild dizziness and very occasionally minor bruising may occur. However, all such reactions are short-lived.


How many sessions will I need?

Frequency and number of sessions depend on your individual condition. Some change is usually felt after three to five treatments, although occasionally only one or two treatments are required. Some patients need treatment over several months or longer for chronic conditions. Others have a periodic treatment simply to maintain good health. Your acupuncturist will normally ask to see you once or twice a week at first.


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Caroline Pearson, Traditional Acupuncturist
BSc (Hons) Acupuncture, MBAcC
07515 923114

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