Firstly, acupuncture should be enjoyed by everyone, no matter how well we are today. Good quality body work, where the external body is relieved of its stresses and strains, where the blood circulation is invigorated and all the layers of body tissues are harmonized, is an excellent way of looking after ourselves and stops minor impediments from developing into more deeply entrenched disease. Practitioners combine their individual talents for working with the human body with their long and in depth training in Classical Chinese principles for moving the individual towards balance.
Secondly, acupuncture can be used to treat identifiable and troubling disease, by removing more deeply-set impediments to health. This is where a more structured plan for treatment is necessary and, at Grace Medical, treatment is located within the integrated team of medical professionals led by Dr Tim Evans.
What happens in a typical acupuncture treatment?
In the first acupuncture treatment a practitioner will take a full medical case history including past health background and details about the current condition. Once the patient is settled on the treatment couch, a practitioner will carry out pulse taking on each wrist and look at a patient’s tongue.
The practitioner will then make a diagnosis and put together a treatment plan, which may include lifestyle and dietary advice as well as acupuncture.
What does it feel like?
During a typical treatment acupuncture practitioners use very fine single-use disposable needles, the needles are as fine as a human hair and nothing like those used for an injection or to take blood.
Most people find acupuncture to be very relaxing. My patients often describe the needle sensation as a tingling or dull ache. Some say they don’t feel a thing and many fall asleep during their treatment.
Does it hurt?
Acupuncture really does not hurt. If you are frightened of needles talk to a practitioner. There are other options such as acupressure and tuina, which is a type of massage.