There is a powerful energy flowing in your body. It circulates everywhere and plays an important part in the functioning of all your bodily processes, including that of all your major organs.
The Chinese have known about this force for thousands of years and call it ‘Qi’ (pronounced ‘chee’). It is a force similar to electrical or magnetic energy. This energy flows in channels that travel up and down your arms and legs and enter your abdomen, where they connect with all your major organs.
No. Acupuncture needles are very fine, when the needle is inserted, the sensation is often described as tingling or a dull ache.
Chinese Medicine is a framework that can treat a large variety of medical conditions. It can be used for headaches, menstrual pain and respiratory disorders.
It is particularly good for long term chronic diseases such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Chronic Fatigue. Acupuncture can also engender fertility and is used very successfully alongside today's IVF programmes.
The British Acupuncture Council provides fact sheets with accurate and unbiased general information for a variety of conditions, these can be seen on the following website https://www.acupuncture.org.uk/
Many people also choose to have acupuncture as a preventive treatment, or because they feel unwell in themselves but do not yet have an illness that Western medicine would be able to detect. Indeed, after receiving acupuncture treatment, people often say that they feel better within themselves, as well as having their symptoms eased or cleared up completely. This is largely because Chinese Medicine is a holistic form of healing, which aims to remove the underlying causes of your health problem, rather than just suppressing the symptoms.
Your first consultation will be longer than subsequent sessions. Your general state of health will be assessed in order to identify the underlying pattern of disharmony and give you the most effective treatment.
You will be asked about your current symptoms and what treatment you have received so far, as well as your medical history, your diet, digestive system, sleeping patterns and emotional state. To discover how the energy is flowing in your body, the pulses on both wrists will be felt; the quality, rhythm and strength will be recorded.
The structure, colour and coating of your tongue also gives a good guide to your physical health. Once enough information has been gathered to determine the likely causes of your problems, the most appropriate treatment can be selected.
Loose, comfortable clothing should be worn, and you should be aware that access to points on your torso, arms and legs, may be needed.
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