WHAT HAPPENS DURING TREATMENT
The practitioner will take an initial in depth history from the client. Tongue and pulse diagnosis will also be part of the overall assessment. Fine, sterile disposable needles are gently inserted into various points around the body and are generally left in place for 20-30 minutes. Clients report various sensations after initial insertion including dull aches or tingling sensations which means the treatment is taking effect. Most people also experience a feeling of deep relaxation and well-being. Acupuncture may also be used in conjunction with other aspects of TCM such as moxibustion, cupping, heat therapy and dietary advice
HOW LONG DOES TREATMENT TAKE?
The initial consultation may take up to an hour as a detailed history will be taken. Subsequent treatments normally take between 45 minutes and an hour depending on the condition treated. The number of treatment sessions required will vary according to the condition. Most acute conditions respond quickly to treatment whereas more chronic illnesses will usually require more longer term treatment (6-10 treatments over a period of weeks). The TCM practitioner will review your progress at each treatment.
IS IT SAFE?
Acupuncture is a completely safe procedure. Sterile, single use, disposable needles are used in all treatments and are disposed of immediately after use. It is suitable for everyone including during pregnancy. Acupressure points for pain relief can also be taught to the birthing partner to help ease labour pains.