What Is Acupuncture Used For?
It is safe to say there is no sick person who can not be helped by some degree by Acupuncture treatment. It is always worthwhile trying Acupuncture for conditions which have not been helped by conventional medicine. Some conditions include:
Acupuncture is very effective for treating most types of pain.
What Is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is part of an ancient and sophisticated form of medical treatment which originated in China and has, over time, spread throughout the world.
Although often described as a method of pain relief it is in fact used to treat people with a wide range of illnesses.
Acupuncture is part of Oriental Medicine and can be used alone or combined with other forms of traditional medicine such as Moxibustion – a special form of Heat Treatment, Tui Na – a form of Chinese Manipulative Therapy, Shiatsu or Acupressure, Dietary Therapy, Herbal Medicine and Qicong or Chi Kung Corrective Exercises for health and well-being.
There are no age restrictions to treatment. The elderly, young children and pregnant women can all be treated.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
Chinese medicine not only considers the disease symptoms but also the age, lifestyle, physical and emotional traits and all aspects of the individual to create an overall picture of the person in order to understand and determine the pattern of disharmony or cause of the condition. In this way it seeks to treat the whole person and restore optimum health.
The stimulation of specific areas on the skin with Acupuncture or Acupressure affects the functioning of certain organs in the body.
What Does Acupuncture Treatment Involve?
The initial treatment may take up to 1 hour and 30 minutes to 2 hours. A detailed medical history and examination of the tongue and pulse will be undertaken.
The Acupuncture treatment involves the insertion of extremely fine, pre-sterilised stainless steel needles at pre-determined points on the body surface to restore internal health.
Some people do not feel the application of the needles, while some feel a slight pinching sensation which only lasts for one or two seconds.
During the treatment there is often a feeling of peace and relaxation. This feeling can last for several hours but does not interfere with normal activities such as driving or working.
People often find that they sleep and concentrate more easily after treatment.
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Length Of Treatment And Cost
Initial Consultation approx 1 hour 30 minutes – £60
Subsequent treatments approx 45 minutes – £40
Subsequent treatments after a 6 month or more interlude approx 1 hour – £48
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