Acupuncture is an ancient system of healing that dates back several thousand years and is one of the oldest therapies known to man. It is a natural form of medical treatment which helps stimulate the body to respond to a condition or illness it is experiencing. This is done by inserting exceptionally fine needles into specific points around the body which stimulates the flow of energy (Qi – pronounced “Chee”). This enables a harmonious and correct flow of Qi thus aiding the healing process. Acupuncture uses as its median the meridians through which Qi, or energy flows. The meridians, like blood vessels have identical routes on both sides of the body.
Despite common belief acupuncture is not only painless, but it is totally safe and it has been shown to succeed where at times other treatments have failed.
It provides a natural means of alleviating pain and resolving a wide range of health problems, which is free from any harmful side effects.
Acupuncture is frequently used and is remarkable effective in treating a wide range of conditions. In addition it is also used as a highly effective preventative measure in maintaining good health. As such people often report additional benefits beyond resolving their main complaint, such as increased energy, vitality, feeling more relaxed, less stressed and better able to deal with the challenges of modern living.
“We have the greatest power of all,
the ability to heal ourselves.”
Acupuncture is a means of stimulating the body to respond to the condition it is experiencing. This is done by inserting exceptionally fine needles into specific points around the body. By doing this the flow of what the Chinese call ‘Qi’ or energy is stimulated, thus aiding the healing process. In western medical terms, the insertion of needles activates the release of endorphins and other chemicals in the body, helping to relieve pain, relax muscles in spasm and allowing normal and healthy blood flow.
Acupuncture needles are extremely fine, so fine that when they’re inserted they are generally painless. However a sensation may be experienced, that is often described as a ‘tingling’, ‘dull ache’ or a ‘warm feeling’. Sterile, single use, disposable needles are used.
The initial consultation and acupuncture treatment at the leamington spa practice lasts 90 minutes, subsequent visits are 60 minutes, the number of sessions vary depending on the nature of the condition and how long it has been a problem. A detailed medical history is taken at the initial consultation resulting in each individual having a personalised treatment plan specific to their condition and needs.
It is suggested to have treatments at regular intervals and as a response is achieved, the periods between treatments can be extended. Many people experience a deep sense of relaxation, along with other benefits obtained during treatment.
Following treatment, improvements for some may be immediate, while for others it may take longer. Occasionally an aggravation of symptoms can occur, but this is short lived and is specific to certain conditions.