Acupuncture has been widely used for around 4,000 years.
The Chinese believe that everyone has energy flowing through them and that a person’s health is related to that energy flow.
When this energy flow, or Qi (pronounced “chee”) as the Chinese call it, is flowing through you freely and without obstruction, then you are healthy.
If, however, the Qi becomes imbalanced or deficient then a person can become ill. This imbalance can be caused by conditions such as stress, emotional trauma, injury and infection.
The Chinese see Qi as the link between mind, body and spirit and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Acupuncture is used to stimulate and balance the body’s energy flow.
To different degrees, we all have busy and stressful lives and it is important that we look after our health. We look after the health of our pets and regularly service our cars to keep them working properly and we need to treat our own bodies with the same amount of care. After all, each of us has only one body so it makes sense to look after it the best we can.
Frequently Asked Questions About Acupuncture:
Does acupuncture hurt?
It is unusual for acupuncture to hurt as the needles are so fine and most people find the treatment a relaxing experience. You may feel a dull ache from the needle, but this is considered therapeutic.
Why do you need to ask so many questions?
At the start of your treatment I will need to ask questions to get an idea of exactly what might be wrong with you and what I can do to help.
Are the needles sterile?
Yes. Needles are all pre-sterilised and are disposed of after use. Strict standards of hygiene are followed.
Should I tell my doctor?
You don’t need to, but it’s always good to keep them informed. Many doctors these days recognise the benefits of acupuncture and it can complement western medicine very well.
Are there any side effects?
As with sports remedial massage, everyone is different in their response. It is possible that you may feel drowsy for a while if the treatment has been particularly strong, or your symptoms may briefly flare up as your Qi starts to flow and the healing starts.
How many treatments will I need?
This will depend on factors such as how long you’ve had the problem, how serious your problem is, your age and your general health. A minimum of four treatments is generally advised, but it will depend on the above factors.