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The treatment - Normal treatments last ¾ hours. At each visit you will be asked how your symptoms have changed. Your abdominal, pulse and tongue readings may also be reassessed to see how you have progressed. You will then be given acupuncture and either pulse or abdomen may be checked again to see what effect treatment has had. The acupuncture is carried out using fine needles placed to a few millimetres depth beneath the skin. Some people feel nothing after insertion, others feel a heaviness, tingling or warmth which may extend out from the needle. The needles may be left in place for up to 20 - 30 minds. Most people find this period very relaxing.
The consultation – For the first 15 min, free aura diagnosis.
Your first visit is called a consultation and this will last approximately 1 hours. The consultation consists of two parts. During the first part, lasting ¾ hours, you will be asked about your symptoms, medical history, diet and lifestyle. Your pulse, tongue and abdomen will then be checked (see section: What is Acupuncture?). By the end of this session we will have built up a comprehensive picture of your state of health and have enough information to proceed to the actual treatment.
This is the burning of a herb called moxa, to stimulate acupuncture points either instead of or in addition to needles. Moxa smoulders at a very even rate and can be applied directly to the skin in very small quantities, or on top of the needle. The effect is warming and often felt as very comforting. Moxibustion techniques are good for chronic conditions, oedema, circulation and inflammatory conditions such as arthritis.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
It is not easy to explain in precise terms the way that acupuncture works. Indeed, much research is being done throughout the world to find the scientific basis for acupuncture. Two theories emerge as the most acceptable to the scientific and medical profession. The first is the Gate Theory, which leads to the second, the Endorphins Theory.
In simple terms, what the acupuncture needle does when applied to the body is to release certain chemicals which, in turn, have certain effects on different parts of the body. The Chinese explain acupuncture on the basis of their philosophy - the theory of Yin and Yang and the Five Elements. They have identified 14 channels or ' Meridians' running through the body. These channels conduct the flow of vital energy or 'Qi'. This flow is disrupted when there is disease; by inserting needles into selected points in the channels this flow can be corrected, returning the body to a healthy condition. As opposed to the Western approach in medicine, which is centred on trying to cure a particular disease, the Oriental emphasis is on making the body healthy
Is Acupuncture Safe?
When practised by an acupuncturist who, preferably, has other medical experience, the patient can be confident that the treatment he/she receives will be appropriate to his/her condition and is perfectly harmless. One of the advantages of acupuncture is that there are very few side effects. Occasionally you may notice a transitory worsening of symptoms after acupuncture; this will pass and it usually means that the treatment will work. Your acupuncturist will be able to evaluate your specific situation with this information to ensure the best results.
Since the discovery of AIDS, more and more acupuncturists choose to use disposable acupuncture needles. These type of needles come in sterile containers, are used once, and then disposed of. So there is no need to worry about infectious diseases if you are treated with disposable needles.
How is Treatment Carried Out?
In Acupuncture, very fine needles are inserted into specific areas of the body, producing a beneficial effect in other related parts. There are various other techniques based on the practice of acupuncture: Electro - Acupuncture - applied with or without needles. Auriculotherapy - concentrating on application of needles to specific points of the ear. Moxibustion - the heating of acupuncture points with special herbs from China called 'Artemesia vulgaris' more commonly,' Moxa'. Acupressure - a technique of applying pressure with the fingers to various points, rather than needles.
The form of treatment depends on consultation with the acupuncturist and will take into account the preference of the patient. Though a large number of people do feel relief from their symptoms after the first treatment, this may not happen until the second or third session. Initially relief will be short lived, increase gradually in quantity and quality as treatments progress. The total number of treatments required depends upon the patient and the type of condition - for Weight Loss or to Stop smoking, three to six session are generally sufficient; in other cases it seems to range between four and eight sessions. In general, if there is no symptom relief in the first few sessions, then acupuncture probably will not work.
The treatment can stop the craving for cigarettes, change the taste, get rid of the nicotine acid from the lungs, and make smoking uncomfortable. Some patients require more than three treatments because of health conditions. If, however, you require additional treatments, the second session will be discounted by 2/3
Benefits of using acupuncture to stop smoking
— Improved breathing
— Loss of 'smoker's cough and reduction in phlegm
— Sense of smell and taste improves
— Hair, skin and breath improvements
— Reduction in risk of smoking-related diseases
— Feeling good about yourself for having stopped
Acupuncture points in the ear can be used to curb the appetite, depress craving, get rid of excess water, stimulate the pituitary gland to burn off extra calories, and correct the internal body imbalance, which causes so many people to be overweight.
Does Acupuncture Hurt?
Some people would like to try acupuncture but may not because they assume it will be painful. The needles we use are solid and extremely fine - far more so than those used for injections in Western medicine or in drawing blood. When the needle reaches the acupuncture point there is another sensation which could be described as tingling or a slight pricking, rather than as 'painful'.
How Long Does Acupuncture Last?
Improvement may be permanent - some conditions such as arthritis may need treatment every six or nine months in order to maintain the effect. If you are interested in acupuncture treatment, it is best to discuss your specific problem with the acupuncturist.
Can Acupuncture Help You?
Below are some problems and diseases commonly treated by acupuncture and recommended by The World Health Organisation.
PAIN OF ANY KIND ADDICTION Tobacco, alcohol, food, drugs and tranquillisers. HEAD LIMBS AND MUSCLES Headache, migraine, facial pain, neuralgia, rheumatism, lumbago, back pain, arthritis, fibrosis. DIGESTION. Stomach ulcers, wind, gastritis, hear bum, indigestion RESPIRATORY SYSTEM Asthma, shortness of breath. CIRCULATORY SYSTEM Angina, palpitations, poor circulation URINARY SYSTEM Bed-wetting, recurrent cystitis SEXUAL SYSTEM Painful periods, hot flushes, pelvic pain and menopause symptoms. EAR, NOSE & THROAT Hay fever, sinusitis catarrh NERVOUS SYSTEM Depression, anxiety, neuralgia GENERAL STATE General lack of energy and weakness. SKIN Psoriasis, Eczema, Acne
Pain is the most common symptom that is treated by acupuncture in the West. In China, acupuncture is used for a much wider variety of complaints. Acupuncture works for many conditions - some responding better than others. Whether you ,believe in acupuncture or not makes no difference to the results. About 70% of those receiving this form of treatment for pain will gain some benefit.