Acupuncture is an ancient system of medicine that originated in China over 2000 years ago. It has stood the test of time and is one of the oldest healing systems practiced around the world today. One of the many key concepts of Chinese medicine is “Qi” (vital energy)
Imbalance or blockages in a person’s “Qi” can lead to disharmony and illness, this can occur through lifestyle factors such as:
- poor diet
- mental health
- substance abuse
- emotional and or physical trauma.
- side effects from western medicine intervention
The focus is on the individual not the illness, and all symptoms are seen in relation to each other.
Acupuncture focuses on treating the individual as a whole, making it a complete holistic health care system. Therefore, it can be effective for a wide range of conditions if not all. Treatments involve the insertion of very fine needles into specific points along the meridian channels on the body to affect the flow of your body’s Qi (vital energy). In a nut shell, acupuncture is a way to stimulate the body’s natural healing abilities.
Furthermore, it can work in conjunction with Western medicine intervention or as a stand-alone therapy. Acupuncture has been recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and by the NHS.
Acupuncture therapy is relatively and generally pain free. Although some points on the body may be tender than others, most patients don’t feel the needles being inserted. Only a small number of patients feel a mild sensation of tingling or dullness, which usually subsides straight after applied insertion.
For hygienic and safety purposes, acupuncture utilizes single use, pre-sterilised, disposable hair-thin needles, which are inserted superficially into specific points of the body.
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Many patients seek acupuncture for both acute and chronic health conditions. It can work as a preventative or curative form of medicine, as well as general maintenance for good health. It is sought as a stand-alone therapy and also in combination with western medicine intervention. In health, patients seek treatments for general vitality and wellbeing throughout the year.
Acupuncture treatments for the individual provides them with a whole encompassing emphasis on re-balancing and healing the body through physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects to achieve ultimate health and well-being. On a deeper but more subtle level, it points and encourages towards the interconnection of body, mind, and spirit to help people on their life journey.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) recognises acupuncture to be helpful in over 100 conditions, such as:
- gastro-intestinal problems
- sleep issues
- low immune system
- fertility and gynaecological issues
- stress and anxiety
For further information please take a look at the Research Factsheet on the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) Website:
BEFORE YOUR TEATMENT
Before attending your Acupuncture treatment, there are a few steps to take into consideration:
Some of the more commonly used acupuncture points are located on the lower arms and legs, therefore it is advisable to wear loose clothing that allows easy access to these areas.
In more specific cases there will be a gown and towels provided for a full body diagnosis and treatment. For example, location of some points can be administrated all over the body, including the back or abdomen. Body diagnosis utilizes a channel theory approach based on the five element and six divisions of the body by using visual, touch, and palpation technics are applied in order to see manifesting signs and symptoms of the body in order to build up a better understanding and deal with the root cause.
Try to avoid treatments on an empty stomach or straight after a heavy meal.
If you are new to acupuncture please let your acupuncturist know so that they can explain what happens during the treatment and ensure you are comfortable with the process.
DURING YOUR TREATMENT
During a visit with your acupuncturist, it is necessary to gain a complete understanding of presenting complaint/symptom’ (if any), including general health and lifestyle. This will involve asking questions about:
- main symptoms,
- medical history,
- sleeping patterns,
- appetite and digestion,
- emotional wellbeing,
- current medication,
- women are asked about their menstrual cycle and any past pregnancies and childbirth.
You might feel that some of the questions seem unrelated to your condition but the information helps build a more complete picture of your overall health and lifestyle. Also, a body diagnosis will involve your acupuncturist taking your pulses on both wrists and may also examine your tongue and feel for any areas of muscular tension or pain during relevant body diagnosis.
As well as needling acupuncture points, the use of other Chinese medicine techniques might be applied. For example, a typical technique is the use of Moxibustion; which is a dried heated therapeutic herb that is applied to an acupuncture point/meridian. Moxa is often used in conjunction with acupuncture to enhance the effect of the treatment. It is used safely in order to warm specific points on the body, relax muscles, supplements QI, and therefore tonifying the yang aspect of the body.
- During and after an acupuncture treatment most people feel relaxed and calm.
- You should refrain from doing any strenuous activities after treatment and, ideally, give yourself time to relax and rest.
- Re-hydrate with water after your acupuncture treatments
- It is advisable not to drink alcohol for several hours after treatment.
The number of acupuncture treatments will depend on your current health condition and/or your health in general. Some changes are usually felt after just one or two treatments, but in most cases, a six, ten- or twelve-week treatment plan is advisable/recommended depending on the severity of your presenting medical condition.
A treatment plan usually starts off with a treatment once a week, (two or more treatments a week might be recommended if the condition is severe). When improvements occur, we tapper down your treatment to once every two weeks, and then once a month.
As a new patient or after a treatment plan has ended, it is still advisable to maintain a good balance of “Qi” vitality by maintaining the physical, emotional, and spiritual balance within the body by having at least one treatment every month or seasonal treatments once every three months.
If a condition is more chronic, it may take longer. Other times, just one or two treatments will be sufficient. Some people seek regular acupuncture treatments just to maintain good health, while others come for seasonal treatments depending on their individual needs i.e. hay fever in spring and summer, seasonal affective disorder (SAD) during autumn and winter, etc.
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The first time a cancellation is made within the 24hr period prior to the time of the booked appointment, the client will be given the opportunity to re-book (with no financial penalty applied).
Clients who make a booking and subsequently fail to present for their designated appointment (and have not contacted the clinic to cancel their appointment), may result in a cancelled booking fee being applied (which will be equal to the value of the consultation fee for that booking which had been made and subsequently cancelled).
NK Acupuncture does not issue refunds for appointments cancelled less than 24 hours, except for those with mitigating circumstances.