Traditional Acupuncture is a core component of traditional Chinese medicine and has been in use safely and effectively for thousands of years. Its central premise is the existence of vital energy called Qi (Chi) with which all living beings are infused. Good physical and emotional health results from Qi being in balance in mind and body; ill health is caused by blockages or imbalances.
Acupuncture treatment begins with an extended consultation during which you will be asked about your symptoms, medical history, dietary habits, sleeping patterns and emotional state. The practitioner will usually feel the pulse in both wrists and look at the appearance of your tongue.
After diagnosis the acupuncturist works to restore the body’s natural vital equilibrium by inserting disposable ultra-fine sterile needles in precisely located acupuncture points which lie just below the surface of the skin. The needles sometimes cause a slight tingling sensation. After treatment patients often feel very relaxed while the body and mind adjust to a more balanced state.
Acupuncture treatment also focusses on lifestyle choices such as diet, exercise and sleep patterns. Practitioners will often provide guidelines in these areas to enhance positive changes in your vital energy and support you in successfully improving your health.
Acupuncture seeks to remedy deeper energetic imbalance as well as alleviating specific symptoms and often results in subtle experiences of innate well-being. Clients often report increased energy levels, a heartier appetite and fewer cravings as consequences of treatment. Some say they feel more able to live life as their true selves.
A course of six weekly treatments following diagnosis is the optimal way to receive acupuncture, after which you should expect significant improvements to your health. Many people continue with monthly or seasonal treatments in order to maintain this enhanced quality of life.