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Acupuncture Practice

This page is a brief overview of what to expect from an acupuncture treatment.

How Does It Work?

Acupuncture is based on a complex knowledge of the body's twelve life force pathways, the meridians, and the function of their corresponding organ systems. The flow of subtle energy in the channels is harmonised and revitalised by stimulating points on the surface of the skin. 

How Does It Feel?

An acupuncture treatment is usually very easy to handle, very comfortable. The needles are ultra-thin. You will usually feel a local sensation with the insertion of the needle. This feeeling may be a mild pressure, a grabbing sensation or even a small sting, like an ant bite. In some circumstances you may feel a strong jolt, at other times you will not feel anything at all.

In all cases the sensation is momentary and after the insertion you can experience a warm, spreading relaxation with minimal sensation. At this stage the body's immune system is kicking in and producing endorphines, relaxation hormones. Many people sink into a deep, trance-like rest or drift in and out of sleep.

How Will You Feel Afterwards?

There is a variety of things people may experience with acupuncture, generally there is a good chance you will feel better than when you walked in. It is usual to feel light or dreamy or slightly drowsy. A distinct relief of pain is very common after only one treatment. It is common to feel an improvement in your specific symptoms, general well being and mind state. Otherwise, you may take a few sessions to get used to acupuncture and to relax. A long term, serious illness will usually take a lot of treatment to resolve. 

Is It Safe and Clean?

Absolutely. All needles are disposable, used once only for each individual and then discarded.

What Can Acupuncture Treat?

There are two important points I need to make here. First of all, Chinese Medicine, like Western Medicine, is a comprehensive medical system; but unlike Western Medicine, our focus is on health, not disease. We treat human beings, rather than diseases, and we do everything we can to enhance or promote optimal health. Having said that, Chinese Medicine has a long history of traditional use in tending to a wide range of symptoms including:

  • coughing, wheezing and breathlessness
  • palpitations and chest pain
  • insomnia, anxiety and depression
  • dizziness and vertigo
  • sinusitis and hayfever
  • musculoskeletal and joint pain
  • menstrual disharmonies and infertility
  • chronic fatigue and chronic pain
  • digestive disorders, acid reflux, nausea
  • headaches and migraines

How Soon Can You Expect Results?

As you would expect, chronic conditions require patience; long term treatment may be necessary for effective results. Acute symptoms such as nasal blockage or musculo-skeletal pain can be alleviated in as little as one or two treatments.