Acupuncture is just one part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which includes other treatment regimes such as Herbal Medicine, Qi Gong, Massage, Cupping, Moxibustion and Auricular Therapy.
“Traditional Chinese Medicine is a system of thought and practice that has been developed over two millennia. Based on ancient texts, it is the result of a continuous process of critical thinking and extensive clinical observation. Its material is thoroughly respected by clinicians and theoreticians; however, it is also firmly rooted in the philosophy, logic, sensibility and habits of a civilization entirely foreign to our own and has therefore developed its own perception of health and illness.”
Ted Kaptchuk, Author of “The Web that has no Weaver”
By inserting fine needles into the body, an acupuncturist can stimulate the acupuncture points described in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Single use needles are used for each patient, which are disposed of after each treatment. Acupuncture should not be painful if carried out by a properly qualified acupuncturist (to find one look up www.acupuncture.org.uk).
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments required will vary according to your condition. A rough rule of thumb is that long standing complaints will need a longer course of treatments. A new condition may only need a few sessions.
The practitioner will keep confidential records on your symptoms and progress. All patients are welcome to copies of their notes.
With your consent, patient notes and information will be shared with your healthcare provider e.g. your GP or midwife to ensure that you are getting the best possible care from a full team of professionals.
What happens during an acupuncture treatment?
- Your first appointment for acupuncture will involve some detailed questioning about your health and aspects of your lifestyle.
- After initial assessment and consultation, if you would like to go ahead with acupuncture then you will have your treatment.
- Follow up treatments and a personal plan will be discussed with you. This may include diet, exercise, use of other resources, referral to other practitioners, and an agreed number and frequency of visits for acupuncture.
Babies and Children
Little ones of all ages can benefit – not necessarily using needles! There are a number of different treatment options which are suitable for even the youngest members of the family.
Acupressure massage techniques which involve the gentle stimulation of acupressure points can be taught to parents or carers to allow treatment to continue at home