How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture is based on the ancient Chinese theory that energy (qi) and blood (xue) flow through the meridians or pathways that are located all over the body. Specific points lie along these pathways. The insertion of a fine needle gently stimulates the qi. This restores the healthy flow of qi and assists the body to heal itself.
The purpose of acupuncture is the promotion of good health. No pain should be felt. In general, people will experience a free flow of energy, a subtle tingling feeling or electrical sensation around the needle or traveling up and down the body.
What can I expect from after the treatment?
After treatment, you will usually feel a sense of general well-being and relaxation. Although individual responses vary, most people experience an improvement in sleep, digestion and energy levels. Some people experience a mild exacerbation of symptoms after the first treatment, but this does subside and will be followed by an improvement in the condition over subsequent treatments.
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments will depend on how severe and long-standing the condition is, each patient responds differently to therapy. Usually a course of treatments will generally provide long term relief for most chronic ailments. Some acute problems may only require a single treatment. You will be given some idea of how you should respond in your initial consultation, and certainly experience an improvement in your first few treatments.
Can I have Acupuncture during Pregnancy?
It is important that you tell your acupuncturist if you are or may be pregnant. Acupuncture is very effective in pregnancy to relieve symptoms such as morning sickness, indigestion, sciatica, and fatigue. It is often used to assist turning breech and preparation for natural labor induction, and for post-labor recovery.
Should I have acupuncture if I am sick or If I am menstruating?
Yes having acupuncture when your feeling unwell, having a period or even feeling like a cold or flu is coming on is the perfect time to have acupuncture. It is better to see you when your feeling like this. We can give you some Chinese Herbal Medicine to support you symptoms. Acupuncture can help with the healing process and will make you feel a lot better.