Lucent's acupuncturist, Sam May, BSc, LicAc, MBAcC, runs acupuncture clinics in Bristol, and specialises in the practice of Five Element Acupuncture, combined
with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and auricular acupuncture.
During your first appointment, you will have the
opportunity to talk at length about your needs. Your first appointment
will last approximately 1½ hours, and will include an extensive medical
history, a physical examination, and an acupuncture treatment. The
details of your consultation are strictly confidential.
Follow-up appointments last approximately 45 minutes.
Each appointment begins with a brief talk - you may wish to report how
you felt after your last treatment, give an update about your physical
wellbeing, or discuss other ongoing issues in your life.
Changes can be dramatic or subtle. Some people notice
rapid improvements of their symptoms, while others experience more
gradual shifts in their wellbeing. In general, the more severe or
long-standing a condition, the longer it will take to shift with
treatment. Many people report increased relaxation, improved sleep, and a
greater sense of wellbeing. Your progress will be monitored carefully.
Most people find that acupuncture needles are virtually
painless. The needles are very thin and solid, and are made of high
quality stainless steel, individually sterilized and pre-packaged. They
are used for each treatment, and disposed of after use. Once the needle
is inserted, patients generally report feeling a dull ache or a
sensation of energy.
Moxa and Cupping
Sometimes moxa or cupping may be used to complement
acupuncture. Moxa is a herb similar to mugwort which is burned over
acupuncture points to warm them during treatment. Cupping involves the
use of glass cups which create suction over an area of the skin to
increase blood circulation in the area.
In certain cases it may be beneficial to use electro-acupuncture,
which involves directing a gentle electric pulse through a pair of
acupuncture needles. Patients report a subtle tingling or pulsing
sensation, which is not uncomfortable. Several pairs of needles can be
stimulated at the same time. Alternatively electrodes can be taped to
the skin instead of needles - a procedure known as transcutaneous
electrical nerve stimulation (TENS).
Treatment for children unde the age of 5 involves a lighter needle
technique, where the needles are inserted only momentarily and then
removed right away. As with acupuncture for adults, it is generally
painless. The child normally sits on their parent's lap and great effort
is made to ensure that they have as comfortable an experience as