Before treatment your problem will be assessed by asking about your symptoms, function of your bodies systems and your medical history. Palpation and diagnosis by looking at your tongue and feeling your pulse add a deeper understanding of what is causing your problem.
This gives the practitioner a picture of which systems and body areas should be treated to achieve relief from your problem. The relevant points are then chosen, the practitioners hands cleaned then pre -sterilised and single use needles are inserted into the chosen points.
Additional methods may be used along side or after your needling treatment, depending on the nature of your problem, these include:
Massage to the acupionts, and can be used as a supplement to your treatment or an alternative to needles in the case of Phobia, treatment of young children or babies.
This method of acupuncture works purely on stimulation of the nervous system. Points on the ear represent different areas of the body, the relevant areas to your problem are stimulated, either with needles or vaccaria seed; these can be left in place to have a prolonged effect and are a good alternative to those with a needle phobia. Auricular acupuncture has proven effective in treatment of addiction problems and is used increasignly in rehab clinics.
Used for the treatment of pain, and atrophy due to nerve damage, muscular weakness and some acute conditions. It’s function is very similar to tens, but instead of only contacting the surface of the skin, the tingling electrical current is passed through the needles, reaching the deeper layers of muscles and nerves. It both sedates pain and stimulates nerve repair. The analgesic effect increases for a few hours after treatment. It is used extensively In Chinese TCM hospitals in recovery and rehabilitation from stroke, for pain, nerve pain and atrophy.
Traditionally the dried herb of Artemisia is burned over specific acupionts to produce a warming , strengthening, or drying effect. Alternatively, the modern equivalent is the magnetic resonance heat lamp which produces the same therapeutic effect as moxa but without the smoke.
This is a soothing and reviving treatment, when applied to the correct acupionts, it is warming and relaxing to tight muscles and is indicated in treatment of pain and menstrual cramps caused by cold, damp or deficiency of qi and raise energy levels when they are low.
This treatment is more widely know due to the dark purple marks left by cupping photographed on some celebrities and sports personalities in recent years. It is used in different ways and strengths, strong cupping can leave bruising, this is not causing damage, but flushing it out from the deeper layers of muscle, subsequent treatments bruise less until the tissue is clear, healthy tissue will not mark. It is an excellent way of removing stuck and degraded tissue and cells from the deeper levels where massage cannot get to. Other cupping methods include flash cupping, often used for coughs, colds and asthma, and side cupping to loosen tight muscles and break adhesions. I find that patients are often pleasantly surprised by the effects of this treatment, and often request it, despite the possible marks. I always ask if you are happy to go ahead before using this treatment.
This is a modern technique developed in the 1950’s and works on the basis of stimulating the nerves under the skin of the scalp that relate to the brain function of different areas of the body, mostly the sensory and motor nerve function. It is largely used for nerve and brain damage and impairment such as after stroke or surgery, but does have a wider use for more common problems.