Yes! it's needles..
Very fine single-use needles are used. They can be inserted for only a few seconds, or they may be left in place for 20 minutes or longer. As well as helping the main condition many patients find that there are "side effects" of improved energy, better sleep and an overall sense of well-being. Cupping therapy and moxibustion (using smouldering herbs to warm the body) may also be used as part of acupuncture treatment.
Acupuncture is very safe when carried out by a properly trained practitioner. The needles used are single-use, sterile and disposable. I am a member of the British Acupuncture Council, abiding by their Code of Safe Practice and Code of Professional Conduct
Does it hurt?
Some patients are concerned that acupuncture will be painful. Needles used for injections and blood tests are quite thick and are hollow; in contrast to this acupuncture needles are very fine and are solid. When an acupuncture needle is correctly inserted there may be no sensation at all or often a tingling or dull sensation commonly followed by a pleasant feeling of relaxation.
How does it work?
Your body is already trying to heal and repair itself! Acupuncture encourages and directs this process.
True acupuncture is based on an understanding of the Chinese concept of 'Qi' and how it flows through the body.
Qi (Chinese character 氣 ) may be loosely translated as 'energy' but may also include blood, fluids, happiness, sadness, warmth, cold, indeed anything that should flow in the body. When the flow becomes blocked or insufficient then illness may result. Pain occurs when smooth qi and blood flow are obstructed by injury and other physical reasons or through tension, poor posture or exposure to cold and damp conditions.
How many treatments do I need?
Hard to say - everyone's health problems are different, even if they may have apparently similar symptoms. As a general rule though, most people will respond to acupuncture within 3 treatments. Improvements can be dramatic although they can also be slow but steady; worthwhile nonetheless. Contact Mark for an initial assessment of your individual case.