Acupuncture is rooted in the Daoist philosophy of change, growth, balance and harmony. It has been used in the Far East to restore, promote and maintain good health for over 2,500 years. Today it remains one of the oldest, most commonly used systems of healing in the world. Chinese medicine is still the primary medical system for 1/4 of the world’s population.
Acupuncture is a safe and effective method of healing and can be used to treat people of all ages with a huge array of illnesses and symptoms. At Avellana our acupuncturist Noeleen has a BSc (Hons) Traditional Chinese Medicine and a MB in Traditional Chinese Medicine. She is registered with the Acupuncture Foundation Professional Association (AFPA) and the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC).
In the first acupuncture treatment your practitioner will take a full medical case history including past health background and details about your current condition. Once you are settled on the treatment couch, your acupuncturist will take your pulse on each wrist and look at your tongue.
Your acupuncturist will then make a diagnosis and put together a personal treatment plan which may include lifestyle and dietary advice as well as acupuncture.
During a typical treatment we use very fine single-use disposable needles. The needles are as fine as a human hair and nothing like those used for an injection or to take blood.
While each person experiences acupuncture differently, most people find acupuncture to be very relaxing. Our patients often describe the needle sensation as a tingling or dull ache. Some say they don’t feel a thing and many fall asleep during their treatment.
Acupuncture really does not hurt. If you are frightened of needles talk to your practitioner. There are other options such as acupressure and tuina which is a type of massage.
Acupuncture is very safe. In fact two surveys conducted in 2001 found that the risk of a serious adverse reaction to acupuncture is less than 1 in 10,000. This is far less than many orthodox medical treatments.