How does Acupuncture work?

According to Chinese theory, our health and well-being is dependent on the bodyís motivating energy (known as Qi), moving in a smooth and balanced way through a series of channels beneath the skin. The energy of a personís body, mind and spirit is distributed along the 12 main energy pathways, called meridians óthese run up and down the body, connecting deep inside with the different organs of the body, and linking different parts of the body with one another.

In a treatment, a fine, sterile, stainless steel needle just below the surface of the skin to stimulate points lying along the pathways of energy which run throughout the body to stimulate or unblock the flow of energy.

What happens in an Acupuncture treatment?

The initial diagnosis will take about 11/2 hours. I will gather information on your symptoms, medical and family history, patterns of various body systems (i.e. sleep, digestion) and also any emotional difficulties you might be experiencing. Once I have an understanding of the imbalance, I will then select appropriate treatments for your individual needs.

Subsequent treatments last up to one hour. Generally treatments are weekly to begin with, and then as the you improve, the treatments will be less frequent. As every person is unique, the number of treatments depends on the individual rather than the complaint. Some people notice vast improvements after the first treatment; others require treatment over a longer period.

Does Acupuncture hurt?

The ultimate question! The needles used by an Acupuncturist are solid, and much finer than those used for injections. When the needle reaches the Acupuncture point the sensation is often described as a tingling, or dull ache. The sensation is generally acceptable and lasts only 1 or 2 seconds.