Acupuncture has been practised in China and other countries for over 3000 years, and is possibly the most long-standing system of healthcare practiced around the world today. In Chinese medicine, vital life energy called Qi flows through the body via a network of subtle energy channels or meridians. Disease occurs when the natural flow of Qi in these meridians becomes blocked, depleted or out of balance.
This can arise from factors such as emotional stress, diet, overwork, infection or injury. Along each meridian path, there are a number of acupuncture points at which the Qi can be directly affected. By inserting fine needles into these specific points, or stimulating them with heat (Moxibustion) an acupuncturist can stimulate or sedate the flow of Qi to re-balance your energy and thus help your body resolve the cause of disease.
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What happens in a session?
At your first appointment, a full case history will be taken to assess your symptoms, medication, health history, diet and lifestyle. Diagnosis is made based on your individual symptoms, examining the tongue and feeling the pulses at each wrist for quality, rhythm and strength.
A number of points will then be carefully selected to be needled, typically 3 to 6 occasionally more. These are left in place for 20 minutes while you relax.
The number of treatments required varies since each patient is different. The longer you have had the problem the more treatments you are likely to need, but most people notice an improvement after 4 -- 6 consecutive treatments. Sometimes only 1 or 2 treatments are required.