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.
How often will I need treatments?
This depends on your condition. If you haven’t had it for long, then usually two or three treatments will be enough to notice a positive 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. Frequency: Generally, once a week is sufficient for less serious symptoms but we can advise you when you attend the clinic. If you are in Sitges for a short time then its beneficial to attend the clinic regularly during your stay. Please discuss this before you make any appointments.
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 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. 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. A good acupuncture treatment should mean that you feel less of the needle and more of the practitioner.
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. Any treatment approach will assume that you are not healthy and is different from the approach of some conventional treatment approaches. Of course, you will become healthy during your treatment! One of the main purposes of oriental medicine is not just to treat, but to educate. Therefore you are the active central element in the disease and recovery process. In short- If you want to become healthy, then you will need to think about some personal issues and resolve these. If you are unhappy, then this is most likely what is behind your current problem. With this in mind, good treatment is an educational process that empowers a person with the basic principles and internal elements necessary for health, happiness, 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!