Does acupuncture hurt?

Yes, if it’s performed badly by a practitioner with poor training and/or skills. Sometimes a heavy feeling is experienced at a point. This shouldn’t be confused with an “effect” of needling, rather it is the result of connecting with the energetic flow that is either lacking or is surplus in a particular area. Most of the time people don’t feel a particular sensation from needling but instead feel deeply relaxed and energised during or after the process.

Can acupuncture help with emotional problems rather than just the physical body?

Acupuncture firstly adjusts the emotional energetic balance, and then the physical body will respond. We don’t consider the two as separate poles rather; they are interconnected so if you feel bad about your sore back or shoulder or recurrent headaches then the emotional aspect must be involved too. On the other hand, you may be stressed and tired emotionally but have no major physical symptoms. This could also be perceived as a pre-injury/ illness state as a tired energetically weak body is more likely to manifest a physical injury or become sick.

How often will I need treatments?

It depends on the condition. If you haven’t had it for long, then usually two or three treatments will be enough to notice a significant change. If however it’s been around for a long time, then it’s more than likely going to take a little longer as it will depend on how far the condition has progressed as well as the energetic state of the individual. Depending on the condition you may be asked to attend the clinic two or three times per week. Generally, once a week is sufficient for less serious symptoms. Oriental medicine doesn’t treat the disease. It treats the deficiency of the person with the condition. With this in mind, your general health and wellbeing will definitely improve during the course of your treatment.

What conditions or symptoms can acupuncture treat?

The approach in Oriental Medicine is to treat the person and not the disease. Acupuncture works by making the body maintain its ideal state and the result is that the symptoms of the condition, regardless of its medical name, will improve. Each person is an individual and as such a treatment will be tailored to your energetic/physical constitution. If you have something specific you want to discuss before making an appointment- please call.
For more information on specific conditions please refer to the World Health Organisation (WHO) web site for details of specific conditions that acupuncture can treat.

I hate the idea of needles! Can I just have a treatment without needles?

Yes, however this is largely dictated by the fact that a needle is a sharp object inserted into the skin! This isn’t actually the case as a “needle” comes in different shapes and forms and isn’t always inserted into the body. For example, in treating young children or babies we don’t insert needles at all as this would counter any therapeutic effect. A blunt type of needle is instead used to massage points or simply touch a point. It is quite normal not to like the idea of needles, however, this can also reflect a deficiency state in adults and as you recover, so too will your “fear” of needles.

Why choose acupuncture for my condition

Oriental medicine is born from the idea that sickness or disease doesn’t occur unless the individual experiences a deficiency first. Therefore the patient is the active element in the disease and recovery process. One of the main purposes of oriental medicine is not just to treat, but to educate. Good treatment is an educational process that empowers a person with the basic principles and internal elements necessary for health and wellbeing. In this context, it should be the patient and not the doctor who is revered. You will not find any articles about this practitioner in Fashion magazines!

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