What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is one of the longest established forms of healthcare in the world.
Acupuncturists are trained to use subtle diagnostic techniques which include taking the pulse and looking at the tongue. These techniques have been developed and refined for thousands of years. The focus is on you as an individual, with your illness, and all symptoms are seen in relation to each other. Treatment involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body to affect the flow of your body’s Qi, or vital energy.
As members of the British Acupuncture Council, Gus and Heather both practice Traditional Acupuncture.
Gus qualified in ‘5 Elements’ and Heather in the ‘8 Principles’ approaches. Both use the same points and can achieve similar results.
What is the history of acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a branch of traditional medicine that has been practiced in China and East Asia for thousands of years. It has been developed, tested, researched and refined to give a detailed understanding of the body’s energetic balance. Without the benefit of modern scientific equipment, the first acupuncturists discovered many now familiar aspects of biomedical science, such as the impact of emotional stress on the body. Traditional acupuncture has steadily grown in popularity since the 1970s.
How does acupuncture work?
Very fine needles are inserted at precisely located points on the body. These points relate to energy channels and are used to connect to your body’s Qi. The needles are solid, and not hollow. We will decide which points are right for you after a detailed consultation covering every aspect of your health and lifestyle. The aim is to direct the flow of Qi to trigger your body’s healing response and to restore physical, emotional and mental equilibrium. Treatment is designed to affect your whole being as well as your symptoms so, as the condition being treated improves, you may notice other health problems resolve and an increased feeling of wellbeing.
Does acupuncture hurt?
Acupuncture needles are so fine that most people don’t feel them being inserted. It is normal to feel a mild tingle or a dull ache as the acupuncturist adjust the needle to direct the Qi. While the needles are in place, most people feel deeply relaxed and this feeling should continue after they are removed.
Where are the acupuncture points?
Acupuncture points are located at precise places along interconnected pathways that map the whole body, including the head, trunk and limbs. The most commonly used points are on the lower arms and legs.
Is it safe?
Two research studies conducted in 2011 and 2012 concluded that when practiced by properly trained and qualified traditional acupuncturists, such as members of the British Acupuncture Council, the risk of adverse events from acupuncture is extremely low. All needles are ‘single use only’ and are medically disposed of after treatment.
Are there any side effects?
Occasionally a small bruise can appear at a needle site. Sometimes people can feel dizzy or tired after a treatment, but this passes quickly.