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Frequently Asked Questions
In the past couple of years, a subtle but powerful shift has taken place in healthcare. People have come to recognise the importance of approaching health and wellbeing, which provides the foundation for quality of life, in a more holistic way.
They understand that mind and body are equally important to achieve balance and harmony, and as a consequence, the long overlooked natural and noninvasive healing methods generate more and more interest and research.
Acupuncture is one of them. It is a safe and effective treatment that has been used for thousands of years in Chinese Medicine, and now rapidly gains more and more attention in our modern Western World.
Acupuncture has a different language for understanding your condition and looks at the body from an holistic point of view, considering body, mind and spirit. It looks at and treats the "individual" rather than "symptoms or conditions".
This is difficult to determine before a diagnosis has been made, as it depends to a large degree on your history, the kind of problems you are experiencing and how recently or how long ago the started.
However, it is useful to know that the effect of acupuncture is cumulative which is why a series of weekly sessions is usually the way to begin.
If a problem has been with you a long time then it will probably take you a little longer to get well. Sometimes though, even a couple of sessions is enough to help reduce a particular problem. Acupuncture is a fine form of preventative medicine and therefore many people opt, once well, to return for maintenance treatments perhaps every month or 6 weeks, or even just 4 or 5 times a year at the change of the seasons.
You usually feel a tiny prick as the needles are inserted followed by a feeling of relaxation and/or pleasant heaviness of the body. Many patients report that they feel relaxed but also alert (a wonderful way to feel). Others say that they can feel energy moving in different ways in their bodies during treatment. Occasionally patients will say that they feel nothing particular but will report feeling "more energy" or "more relaxed" the next day, or even over the next few days. This is yet another example of how individual acupuncture the acupuncture treatment is for every person.
Acupuncture needles are very fine (nothing like those used for injections or blood tests) and so generally the sensation is described as a tingling or warmth, or dull ache at the point.