Chinese Acupuncture
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a system of healing which has been practised in China for thousands of years. Although often described as a means of pain relief, it is in fact used to treat people with a wide range of illnesses. It’s focus is on improving the overall well-being of the patient, rather than the isolated treatment of specific symptoms.

How does it work?
According to traditional Chinese philosophy, our health is dependent on the body's motivating energy known as "Qi" moving in a smooth and balanced way through a series of channels. Qi consists of equal and opposite qualities -Yin and Yang and when these become unbalanced, illness may result. By inserting fine needles into the channels of energy, an acupuncturist can stimulate the body's own healing response and help restore its natural balance.

Who has acupuncture?
Many people come to acupuncture for help with specific symptoms or conditions. These might include anxiety states, arthritis, asthma, back pain, circulatory problems, depression, facial paralysis, fibromyalgia (fibrositis), high blood pressure, indeterminate aches and pains, menstrual problems, migraines, rheumatism, sciatica, skin conditions or ulcers. Acupuncture is also helpful for people trying to overcome addictions such as smoking and alcohol.

Is acupuncture safe?

Your safety is assured. Needle-less treatment and Chinese Massage are also available. Sterile single use disposable needles are always used to ensure that the strictest standards of sterilisation are maintained. Standards approved by the Department of Health to protect against HIV, Hepatitis B or any other virus.

What does it feel like?

Acupuncture needles are fine and solid. In most cases there is no discomfort. When the needle is inserted, the sensation is often described as a tingling or dull ache. Needles are inserted for a few seconds or left in place for up to 20 minutes. During treatment, patients commonly experience heaviness in the limbs or a pleasant feeling of relaxation.

How often will you need treatment?

In traditional acupuncture philosophy each person is considered as unique, and therefore the number of treatments required depends on the individual. Normally you are recommended to visit your acupuncturist once or twice a week at first, although some conditions may need less frequent attention. You will get a free session if you pay for a course of five treatments in advance.