History of acupuncture

Acupuncture is the Traditional Chinese Medicine method of healing and is over 3000 years old. The Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) basis of diagnosis and treatment is that the mind and body should be in balance. The goals of acupuncture are to relieve pain, promote healing, improve physical, mental, emotional health and well-being by inserting ultra fine, sterile needles into specific acupuncture points which lie along the meridian channels of the body. In TCM the meridians conduct energy or qi which connect with the body’s internal organs.Qi is believed to help regulate balance in the body and each acupuncture point has a different effect on the qi that passes through it.

What to expect from acupuncture

The initial treatment will usually last about one hour, and additional treatments can last from 30 to 45 minutes. An initial medical questionnaire will be required to be filled out by the patient. it will include questions about the patients medical history, lifestyle, and current complaints. Some questions may seem irrelevant to the patient but the practitioner uses them as part of diagnostic tools. A treatment plan is discussed and the first treatment will commence.

Does acupuncture hurt?

No it will not hurt. Some individuals will feel a slight prick sensation as the needle is inserted, while others will feel nothing at all. After insertion a heavy or distended feeling around the needle may be felt, this indicates the arrival of qi. Again this is not always felt by the patient.