Acupuncture treatment in Staines

Acupuncture involves the insertion of hair-thin needles into specific points on the body. Traditional acupuncture is one of the therapies of traditional Chinese medicine, which has been developed and refined over thousands of years. Sometimes acupuncturists will use other techniques, such as cupping and moxibustion in addition to, or sometimes in place of acupuncture.

A growing body of evidence-based clinical research shows that traditional acupuncture safely treats a wide range of common health problems. The British Acupuncture Council has a series of fact sheets that summarise the most recent research for a range of conditions. Click here to visit their research pages.
Since acupuncture is a holistic treatment, you may experience improvements in symptoms other than those being directly treated, and people often report simply feeling better in themselves.
If you’re unsure whether acupuncture may be able to help you, please contact us to discuss this with our acupuncturist.

Acupuncture is an ancient treatment that involves the insertion of tiny needles into specific points on the body. Acupuncture needles used today are pre-sterilised and disposable. Unlike needles used for blood tests and injections, acupuncture needles are solid rather than hollow and their insertion is usually painless.
The acupuncture points used in each treatment are carefully selected according to their location or agreed function. The number of needles used will vary from just one to twenty or more, depending what is appropriate for you and your condition.

Your acupuncturist may also use a number of adjunctive techniques to enhance your treatment, if appropriate. These techniques are described below:
Electro-acupuncture – Once needles are inserted, electrodes are attached to two or more needles and a current is passed current between them.
Moxibustion – Moxibustion is the burning of the special herbs on or over the skin. It may be used in place of, or in addition to acupuncture. It is considered to have a range of therapeutic effects and is very affective on selected people.
Cupping – Cupping involves creating a vacuum within a glass, plastic or bamboo cup over an area of skin. The vacuum draws the skin and underlying tissue up into the cup. Sometimes the cup is retained in one location, and sometimes the cup is moved over an oiled area. Cupping can leave round bruises, which may be red, purple or black, and may remain for anything up to a week. This is a normal side effect of cupping treatment.
Tui Na – Tui Na is a Chinese medical massage. Various techniques can be used to warm up an entire area, stimulate specific acupuncture points and work along energy channels. It is usually performed through clothing, without the use of oils. It is often used in conjunction with acupuncture, either before or after needling.

Acupuncture can be safely performed on most people, including young children and pregnant women, though some techniques or points may not be appropriate for these groups. Acupuncture is not usually appropriate for patients with blood clotting disorders such as haemophilia, and patients on blood-thinning medication such as warfarin must be treated with care.
If you’re unsure whether acupuncture may be able to help you, please contact us to discuss this with our acupuncturist.

Your initial consultation will last around two hours and will include a treatment. Most of the time will be spent discussing your main complaint as well as all other aspects of your health. You will also be given a physical examination which will vary according to your health complaints, but may include abdominal, postural and joint examinations, and will always include an examination of the pulses (taken at both wrists) and the tongue.
Subsequent acupuncture visits will last around one hour. Your progress will be reviewed, your pulse and tongue will be re-examined, and you will receive a treatment. This will usually involve acupuncture, and may include electro-acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping or tui na massage. You may also be given lifestyle advice which can support your treatment.

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