Acupuncture is part of a comprehensive system of Traditional Chinese Medicine that has been practised for around 3,500 years. Chinese Medicine views the body as an energetic organism and believes that optimal physical and mental health is determined by the flow of energy or ‘Qi’ throughout the body.
Illness occurs when there is an imbalance or blockage of Qi in the body. This can arise due to a number of factors including stress, diet, infections, trauma, climate and emotional states. In acupuncture, diagnosis and treatment are aimed at identifying any imbalance and correcting it.
Your first treatment
At your first treatment, an in-depth case history will be taken. You will be asked about your current symptoms, any treatments you have received so far, your medical history, lifestyle and diet. You will also be given a physical examination. Based on the diagnosis, the appropriate acupuncture points will be selected. Treatment will be given involving the insertion of extremely fine, sterile disposable needles into points along the energy pathways, (also called meridians) in the body.