The classical explanation is that channels of energy run in established patterns through the body and over its surface. Called meridians, they are likened to rivers flowing through the body to irrigate and nourish the tissues. An obstruction in one river is similar to a dam that backs up – and impedes the flow in others. Acupuncture is done with the intention of improving the flow of Qi (‘Chee’) in the complex network of meridians present in both deep and superficial aspects of the body. The needles are tiny – on average 0.2mm diameter.
A person with healthy Qi will feel energised, positively alert and radiate vitality. The flow of Qi can become disrupted through the various stresses in modern life, be it overwork, chronic illness or sudden trauma. This disruption can have a knock on effect throughout our whole system giving rise to pain, lethargy and mental sluggishness.
Western Medicine has hypothesised that acupuncture works in part by stimulating the autonomic nervous system as well as affecting levels of various endorphins and neurotransmitters with regards to pain relief. Understanding the dermatomes and myotomes of distal point location has also been a focus for those wanting a western medical understanding of acupuncture.
Your initial appointment includes your consultation and first acupuncture session. Depending on your condition, the use of additional therapies such as Tuina and cupping will be discussed with you and used with your consent. You are advised to wear loose comfy clothing that does not constrict the body. Needles are left in for 20-30 minutes. Reactions vary with each individual; however most report feelings of relaxation and well being during and after treatment. The projected course of treatment will be discussed – as a rule of thumb; the more chronic a condition, the more sessions you will need. However a positive effect is usually detected within 3-4 treatments.
Acupuncture for traditional acupuncturists in the UK is regulated by The British Acupuncture Council and The Register of Chinese Medicine. Needles are single use and individually wrapped. To find out more about the regulations and standards to which Kate must adhere to, please visit the website of The British Acupuncture Council by clicking on the logo here.
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