Acupuncture is an ancient healthcare system which has been in existence for around two thousand years. Practitioners of Chinese Medicine look for external signs of disharmony, and through consultation with you, find out how you experience symptoms, such as pain and discomfort, internally.
Treatment focuses on the individual, not their presenting condition. In practise, this means that ten people experiencing headaches could all go to see one practitioner, but all receive different treatments. Many of them may be treated using a couple of the same points, but as the underlying cause of their headaches will differ, the other points that are used will vary.
Pain and illness develop in the body when our Qi (or vital energy) becomes stuck. This can be attributed to a multitude of factors; injury, emotional and physical stress, infection, and poor nutrition to name but a few. In order to improve the flow of Qi, very fine sterile needles are inserted into specific points, stimulating the body’s natural healing response in order to restore balance within the body. The video below explains this rather succinctly.
How does it work?
What can it be used to treat?
Acupuncture can be used to treat a variety of ailments and conditions, a list of which is available on the World Health Organization’s website. A variety of fact sheets produced by the British Acupuncture Council are also available online, though you may find it easier to get in touch if you’d like to discuss how acupuncture may benefit you.
What should you expect?
During your first appointment, I’ll start by asking you some details regarding why you’ve come for treatment, and then move on to a bunch of questions that will probably seem irrelevant to begin with, but they’ll really help me to get an idea of your overall health, and establish the root cause of your ailments.
I’ll feel your pulse, and look at your tongue. This is part of the diagnostic process in Chinese Medicine, and, in conjunction with what you’ve told me, will help me to form a holistic picture of your health. Depending on why you’ve come for treatment, I may also palpate (feel) the areas of your body that are affected, such as your muscles, joints, glands, or tummy.
We’ll then decide upon a treatment plan together. I take great care to work with you on this. Many patients initially come to me with a phobia of needles, so I like to work at your pace, allowing you to gently acclimatise to the treatment.
Will it hurt?
Acupuncture shouldn’t be painful. It is normal and beneficial to feel some sensation during your treatment, as this is a sign that your Qi is being stimulated. You may experience this as a feeling of warmth, a gentle tingle, or as a slight heaviness around the acu-point, and these are all positive signs that you are responding to the treatment.
It is quite common to fall asleep during an acupuncture session, and to feel relaxed for some time afterwards, so it’s best to take advantage of this and have some down time.
How much does it cost?
Your first appointment is 1 hr and is £85. This gives us a suitable amount of time to discuss your health and for you to have your first treatment. 45 min follow-ups are £75. If you’re coming for treatment at my home in Peckham, appointments are £65.
Making acupuncture affordable to everyone in the community is important to me, so I offer a concessionary rate. Please contact me for details.