Does it hurt? (The question I always get asked first)
The needles are so thin that you get a tiny prick for the split second they are tapped gently in and you can get what I call a little judder as if a small current surrounds the needle.
When is acupuncture appropriate?
Although acupuncture has been used widely in China for 4000 years for a wide range of treatments, the World Health Organisation says that there are only certain conditions that we in the west can treat.
I suppose the studies into acupuncture cannot definitely say with 100% certainty that it was the needle that caused a person to get better, but you cannot see Qi and you cannot see the meridian lines. Maybe this is hard for a western mind to accept.
Does it work?
Research shows that 70% of people get good results, especially with pain relief. It depends on the client and what works for them. The Chinese look at the whole body as a bit like an onion -
Do you re-
So how does a treatment work?
On your first visit I will need to ask quite a lot of questions that you may feel are unrelated to your problem. I need to look at you as a whole and understand where the root of the problem is. So our first meeting will be a little longer than any subsequent ones. The more honest you are the more effective I can try and be.
Once we have talked I may need to look at you tongue -
Afterwards you may feel a tad woozy, which can sometimes be a very strong positive effect -
How many treatments will I need?
This depends completely on the type of symptoms you have and why you have come to see me.
You may find that with a muscular issue 1 or 2 sessions will do the trick, but if you come to see me with something more chronic -
What I do promise is that I will give you advice and guidance to help you look after yourself and therefore need me less. If I think I’m not the person for the job or that something else may help you more, then I will tell you.