What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a vital component of Traditional Chinese Medicine and has been used successfully for thousands of years. It is now the most widely used drug free healthcare treatment in the world. It is recognised as a safe treatment by the World Health Organisation. It is also approved by all major Health Insurance companies.

Diagnosis is based on the theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine and adopts a holistic approach to treat the root cause of the problem. The principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine are based on promoting the free flow of vital energy known as Qi which circulates the body in established meridians. If there is a blockage or stagnation of Qi in any of the meridians imbalance and ill health arise. The aim of treatment is to relieve the stagnation by the insertion of very fine needles into selected acupuncture points along the meridians thereby facilitating the body’s own healing.

Sterile disposable needles are used and strict standards of hygiene are maintained at all times.

Acupuncture may be used with other elements of Traditional Chinese Medicine such as Cupping, Moxibustion, Tui Na or Chinese Herbal Medicine.

Will acupuncture interfere with other treatments?

Acupuncture may safely be used in conjunction with other prescribed treatments and may enhance the effect of some treatments but you must inform your Acupuncture Practitioner of other concurrent treatments. Research has demonstrated that the outcome of I.V.F. treatment is greatly improved by acupuncture.

How long does a treatment take?

The initial consultation may take up to an hour as a detailed history will be taken. Subsequent treatments normally take between forty five minutes and an hour. The number of treatment sessions required will vary according to the condition. Most acute conditions respond very quickly to treatment whereas long standing illnesses will usually require a course of treatment sessions.