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Who Has Acupuncture?
Many people come to acupuncture for help with specific symptoms or conditions.
These might include anxiety states, arthritis, asthma, back pain, circulatory problem,depression, facial paralysis, fibrositis, high blood pressure, indeterminate aches and pains, infertility , menstrual problems, migraine, rheumatism, sciatica, skin conditions or ulcers.
Acupuncture is a safe treatment for all. It has proved to be effective in pregnancy management and for the relief of pain in childbirth. Acupuncture is also helpful for people trying to overcome addictions such as those related to smoking, alcohol, food or drugs.
Some people may have acupuncture as a preventive measure to strengthen their constitution, or because they feel unwell in themselves without being ill in the western sense. It can also be used alongside conventional medicine in the treatment of both acute and chronic diseases. As with any therapy , the response to acupuncture can vary from one person to another.
What Does Acupuncture feel like?
Most people's experience of needles is of those used in injections and blood tests. Acupuncture needles bear little resemblance to these. They are much finer and are solid rather than hollow. When the needle is inserted, the sensation is often described as a tingling or dull ache.
Needles are inserted either for a second or a two, or left in place for about 20 minutes, depending on the effect required. During treatment, patients commonly experience heaviness in the limbs or a pleasant feeling of relaxation.
The benefits of acupuncture frequently include more than just relief from a particular condition. Many people find that it can also lead to increased energy levels, better appetite and sleep as well as an enhanced sense of overall wellbeing.
What will happen on my first visit?
Your first consultation will be longer than the subsequent sessions. The acupuncturist needs to assess your general state of health, in order to identify the underlying patter 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, your medical history and that of your close family, your diet, digestive system, sleeping patterns and emotional state. To discover how the energies are flowing in your body, the acupuncturist is likely to feel your pulses on both wrists, noting their quantity, rhythm and strength. 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 problem, the acupuncturist can select the most appropriate treatment. The aim is discover which energy channels need adjusting for your specific complaint to improve and which require treatment to boost your overall energy and vitality.
There are around 500 recognised acupuncture s on the body, of which around 100 are commonly used. Stimulation of specific areas on the skin affects the functioning of certain organs in the body. However, these areas may not be close to the part of the body where the problem is experienced. For example, although you may suffer from headaches, needles may be inserted in your foot or hand.
The acupuncturist may supplement the needle treatment with moxa, a smouldering herb which is used to warm acupuncture s to encourage the bodies energy to flow smoothly. Other methods of stimulating acupuncture s include, using laser and electro-acupuncture.
How often will I need Acupuncture treatment?
In traditional acupuncture each person is considered as unique and therefore the number of treatments required depends on the individual. Some changes are usually felt after five treatments. Normally you are recommended to visit your acupuncturist once or twice a week at first, although some conditions may need less frequent attention.
Sometimes the effects of treatment are dramatic and only one or two treatments are required. With other patients the effects are more subtle and they may need treatment over several months.
Is Acupuncture safe?
All members of British Acupuncture Council ( BAC ) observe a Code of Safe Practice, which lays down stringent standards of hygiene and requires the use of sterile disposable needles.
Patients who have been treated by BAC members are eligible to donate blood through the national blood service.
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