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What is Acupuncture
Treatment
At the initial consultation you will be asked about your main complaint, a full medical history will be taken, current symptoms noted, previous treatment, medication, diet, digestive system and sleeping patterns, in order to make a diagnosis according to Chinese medical theory.

To help discover how the Qi is flowing within you your pulses will be taken on both wrists and your tongue will be examined.

It is helpful to wear loose comfortable clothing for treatment and the areas generally needled are the torso, the arms and the legs.

A typical course of treatment would be weekly appointments for four to six weeks, progressing to fortnightly and then longer intervals as necessary. Obviously, individual cases vary, and some conditions may respond more quickly to treatment and some may require longer treatment.

The needles are incredibly fine and when they are inserted the sensation is often described as a tingling or a dull ache. Needles may be left in place for up to 30 minutes or removed immediately depending on the desired effect. Treatment sometimes involves moxibustion, the application of heat using a therapeutic herb, or cupping, where cups with a vacuum seal are placed on the skin.

Most patients find the treatment relaxing and report better quality of sleep, increased energy levels, and a general feeling of wellbeing.

British Acupuncture Council