Every treatment is tailored to the individual, therefore a number of questions will be asked during your initial visit in order to gain a thorough understanding of your personal history and presenting condition. This will include things like your sleeping pattern, your appetite and digestion, your emotional wellbeing and also looking at your tongue and taking your pulse on both wrists, in order to gain as full a picture as possible. Depending on your condition it may also be necessary to feel the area of pain or discomfort or areas of muscular tension.
Treatment is by the insertion of fine needles at various points on the body. The number of needles and locations will vary depending on the condition that you present with. Needles might not necessarily be inserted at the location of where you are experiencing discomfort. For example; you may have needles inserted into your feet if you are experiencing migraines.
Part of your treatment may also include lifestyle and dietary advice.
It’s completely normal to feel nervous prior to your first acupuncture session. The thought of someone jabbing you with needles might conjure up images of a medieval torture session, but the process is virtually painless. Take a deep breath and relax. Once you arm yourself with information and know what to expect, you’ll find that you’ll actually enjoy the experience (really!).
As well as needling acupuncture points, other traditional techniques may be used:
Frequently asked questions