During your first consultation, some time will be spent using a number of different diagnostic techniques to get a complete picture of your health and lifestyle. This will include taking a full medical history, reading your pulses, taking your blood pressure, checking your temperature and looking at your tongue. Based on this information, a diagnosis is made and your personal treatment plan is planned. You may also have your first treatment during this session.
At each following treatment, specific acupuncture points will be selected according to your symptoms as well as your underlying energy pattern. These points may be needled or the point may be warmed first using a chinese herb called moxa.
Sealed, sterile, disposable needles will then be inserted. These are much finer than those used for injections and blood tests, about the thickness of a hair! You may feel a tingling sensation or a slight dull ache, which should pass after a few seconds.
A lot of people feel very relaxed after their acupuncture treatment, so you should take it easy for the rest of the day, drink plenty of water and try to avoid alcohol and spicy food. Response to treatment can sometimes include tiredness or other mild symptoms. These reactions are normal and are very short-lived.
If you are currently under the regular care of a doctor or receiving prescribed medication, it is recommended that you let your doctor know that you are planning to have acupuncture. Do not stop taking any medication, but please let me know what medications you are taking as this may affect your response to acupuncture treatment.
Frequency and number of sessions depend on your individual condition. It is normal to require seeing you weekly to start with, then gradually decrease the frequency as your condition improves. Usually some change is felt within five or six treatments although occasionally, just one or two treatments are sufficient.