• Acupuncture FAQ

  • What is acupuncture?


    Acupuncture is a tried and tested medical system that has been used for centuries in China and other Asian cultures. We have been using it successfully in the west for more than 60 years and it continues to gain in popularity. As a medicine, we use it to promote, restore and maintain good health and well-being.


    How does acupuncture work?


    Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine needles into the skin at predetermined points to affect the levels of internal energy called ‘Qi’ in Traditional Chinese Medicine. When our ‘Qi’ is deficient, excessive or stagnant we experience symptoms. These can be obvious and affect us in a physical manner or more subtle and affect our emotion and mental well-being.

    It’s important to note that most of these conditions affect us in a unique way depending on the individual, therefore, each treatment is uniquely tailored to each person. There is no ‘one size fits all’ in acupuncture therapy.


    What happens in a session?


    An acupuncture session lasts for around 45 minutes and the needles are in for around 15 minutes. The rest of the time is taken up by diagnosis which is done by asking lots of questions about all areas of your life, both past and present. What I'm looking for is a pattern of symptoms, because in Chinese Medicine there is never just one. If we have an imbalance in one area l would expect this to be mirrored in other areas.This is a collaborative process which is gentle, organic and thought-provoking. Although most of our symptoms present physically their root can lie in other areas, for example, emotions. If a client is experiencing migraines l would ask about their emotional well-being. Are there any feelings of frustration or issues of control in their lives? l will look for the root of the complaint. With each treatment, we aim to take off the top layer of the disharmony so whatever was underneath can come to the surface. The number of sessions needed will vary depending on the symptoms, but there is usually a change seen after the first session and certainly, by session 6, you will see a difference in symptoms and energy.


    Can acupuncture help with anxiety or stress?


    According to the British Acupuncture Council, acupuncture can help with anxiety and stress. It works on the underlying root cause of the symptoms to create calmness and balance between the physical, mental and emotional.


    What happens after a treatment?


    After treatment, we can expect direct and indirect changes. As well as a reduction in pain and symptoms, there will be a feeling of relaxation and a reduction of worry and stress, both mentally and physically. We will begin to see patterns emerging of how our day to day life affects our health. We are working on the balance and flow of Qi which will strengthen the immune system, give us more energy and help to improve the quality of our sleep.
    The acupuncture treatment is cumulative, from the very beginning the effects will become significantly more noticeable and longer lasting as the treatment progresses.


    How often should I come?


    I suggest that all my clients come for an initial 6 treatment course. What this does is to put down a solid foundation and there will be a marked difference in health and well being from the 1st session to the 6th. It is most beneficial for these treatments to be taken weekly.
    The initial course of treatment may be enough to work on one specific complaint. However, clients may choose to continue weekly or monthly treatments to maintain well being or work on other goals. The client is in complete control.


    I am having other treatments, can I still have acupuncture?


    Acupuncture is effective alongside conventional medical treatments with no contraindications - in fact that is one of the benefits of acupuncture. It can also be used in conjunction with other therapies or treatments, however, in order to assess which treatment is working for you, it may be wise to choose one at a time. Please do contact me first to discuss your particular requirements.


    Have you got another question?


    If your question isn't answered here or you'd like to discuss how I may be able to help you please contact me.