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Traditional acupuncture is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), an ancient system of healing that originated in China and other far eastern countries and has developed over the last 2,500 years. It is a gentle effective treatment that seeks to correct imbalances in the “three treasures”; the body, mind and spirit. Its aim is not only to correct disharmony but is also to promote good health and wellbeing.

Acupuncture is the use of fine needles inserted in specific points that stimulate invisible lines of energy (qi), which run beneath the surface of the skin. The needles are single use, sterile and disposable.

Determining patterns of disharmony is achieved by doing a full diagnostic consultation to gain a detailed understanding of the patients’ lifestyle, work, medical history, diet and emotional state. The consultation will include looking at the tongue and feeling the pulses on both wrists. This comprehensive consultation allows for the creation of a bespoke treatment plan based on the perceived pattern into which is woven a picture of the patients’ health.

The frequency of treatment and duration of a course of treatments depend upon the specific condition, the length of time the patient has suffered from the condition and their general state of health.

As well as needling acupuncture points other techniques may also be used such as; moxibustion, the stimulation of energy by the use of burning herbs and the gentle application of heat.
Cupping, where glass cups with a vacuum seal are placed on the skin to stimulate blood flow and to clear stagnant qi.
Bodywork techniques, which include massage and acupressure.
Electro-acupuncture, the use of micro-current on the needles to stimulate healing, resolve spasm and relieve pain.

Most people find acupuncture relaxing and often feel calm or even a little sleepy after treatment, something you should consider if you are planning to drive or to operate heavy machinery soon after a treatment. It is also advisable to refrain from vigorous exercise after treatment and ideally give oneself a little time to rest. It is also best not to drink alcohol for several hours afterwards.

Acupuncture has few side effects and any that do occur are usually mild and resolve quickly. Cupping may temporarily mark the skin, such bruising is painless and generally fades quickly.