Various therapies may be combined to form your individual treatment. We will discuss this prior to starting any treatment.
The insertion of fine needles to particular points in the body, to unblock or enhance the flow of Qi or energy in your body to rebalance disharmony.
The insertion of fine needles into points on the ear. Particularly useful for stress, hormonal imbalances and pain.
The use of a burning herb (artimesia) near the acupuncture point to warm the acupuncture channels. This ancient technique as very effective in treating conditions where cold has penetrated the body.
TDP lamp or TDP mineral lamp is a far-infrared heating device. The premise of the lamp is that the far infrared (below visible light) emissions increases microcirculation and loosens fascia to accelerate the natural healing processes of the body. The TDP lamp is used as a therapeutic substitute for moxibustion, particularly for use over the back or abdomen.
The application of glass cups to the skin, normally the back, light suction is created in order to release muscle tension, the effect is like a deep tissue massage.
The use of minute electrical current applied to the acupuncture needles to stimulate the muscles in the area; particularly useful in treating acute muscle and soft tissue injuries.
This feels quite like the sensation produced by a TENS machine.
Ancient Chinese massage, which works on the acupuncture channels to release tension and blockages and enhance the freeflow of energy throughout the whole body. This powerful combination of acupressure and other techniques is extremely effective at alleviating many illnesses.
Traditional European style of massage, full body massage gives a feeling of relaxation, releases muscle tension and stimulated blood flow.
Diet and Lifestyle Advice
You may be offered advice on how to help prevent and alleviate your illness, through modifications to your diet and lifestyle.
What happens during my first visit?
We will review your medical history and work with you on a plan for improving your health and well-being. To do this we employ the four methods of diagnosis used in Chinese medicine: questioning, listening, observation, and palpation. Besides asking you about your main and secondary complaints and general health, we will examine your pulse and abdomen, and look at your tongue for colour and coating. We will then explain to you the results of our assessment and show you which points on your body need stimulation.
The needles used in acupuncture are very fine, and you should feel only a slight sensation when they are inserted. All needles are used only once and discarded after use. It is possible to do acupuncture without needles by stimulating acupuncture points through pressure or heat.
Be sure to discuss any questions or concerns before you begin your treatment.
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments needed differs from person to person. For complex or long-standing conditions, one treatment a week for a month, followed by less frequent treatments is the norm. For acute problems fewer visits but at shorter intervals are required. But remember: each case is different. We will therefore discuss your specific needs with you during your first consultation.
Before and after treatment:
Please make sure you have eaten some food, we need you to have good energy levels for us to work with.
Please don’t scrape off or brush your tongue the morning of your treatment, as we use the tongue and it’s coating as an important part of your diagnosis.
If possible allow time after the treatment to relax and rest as this enhances your feeling of wellbeing and improve the treatment outcome. Some people feel a little light headed immediately after the treatment.
All our needles are single use, sterile packaged, stainless steel and adhere to E.U. standards and specifications. We carefully uphold the stringent hygiene and safety standards required by members of the British Acupuncture Council. Complete confidentiality is maintained at all times.