There are broadly two types of Acupuncture, these being Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western Medical Acupuncture. Our therapists are experienced practitioners and will discuss with you any treatment they feel will be of benefit to you.
What is TCM?
The basic idea of TCM is the concept of qi or chi which practitioners of TCM believe sustains all kinds of movement and change and flows with the blood in the blood vessels and also in special channels (meridians) called jing. The aim of TCM is to restore equilibrium and re-establish the free flow of qi to restore balance and this is achieved by the insertion of fine sterile needles into various points around the body.
What happens during a therapy session?
During a session you remain fully clothed with exposure only of relevant treatment areas. Treatment can be carried out whilst you lie down, sit up or remain in a wheelchair (although it may restrict access to certain parts of the body). Fine sterile needles are inserted into relevant parts of the body. Other than the initial sting at insertion, once the needles are in there should be no pain. The needles may be left for about 20 minutes, and then removed. In some cases, practitioners may use moxa (a small spongy herb known as mugwort) or electro-acupuncture to enhance the healing process. Each session lasts around 45-60 minutes.
How can Acupuncture help?
TCM Acupuncture is generally beneficial for health conditions, including muscular skeletal pain, arthritis, back pain, PMT, fatigue, anxiety, depression, allergy, IBS and overall well-being.
After your therapy session
When practiced correctly acupuncture is safe with very few side effects. After treatment you may feel very relaxed and possibly drowsy and disoriented. If you are driving, you would be advised to sit in the waiting area for a few minutes until you feel more sure-footed. Alternatively, some individuals feel particularly invigorated immediately afterwards. Occasionally, some individual experiences healing reactions. These are a normal consequence of the treatment where the person may experience flu-like symptoms e.g. body aches and tiredness or worsening of symptoms. These will normally resolve in 2-3 days. If symptoms do not subside or you have concerns please contact the Centre on 02476 100770 and ask to speak to the practitioner.
What is WMA?
WMA is a therapy involving the insertion of fine sterile needles. It is an adaptation of Chinese acupuncture using our current knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathology and principles of evidence based medicine. Discoveries of neurotransmitters and neuroplasticity have led to a new understanding of the mechanisms of acupuncture. Two important distinctions between WMA and Chinese acupuncture are that WMA does not involve the concepts of Yin/Yang and the circulation of qi (chee). Health professionals regard WMA as part of conventional medicine rather than that of a complete ‘alternative medical system’.
The most widespread use of WMA is for pain relief, most commonly musculoskeletal pain, but is used also in other forms of chronic pain such as neuralgia and cancer pain.
What happens during a session of WMA?
Treatment with WMA follows when a conventional medical examination, investigation and diagnosis confirm that symptoms are suitable for treatment. Fine sterile needles are inserted into the skin and stimulated to obtain the required physiological effect and may be local to or segmentally linked with the presenting condition.
How can WMA help?
WMA is useful in relieving pain, nausea, headaches, neuralgia, anxiety, and improving overall wellbeing.
After your therapy session
If you are driving after treatment, you would be advised to sit in the reception area for a while to ensure that you do not feel faint or disorientated. You may have minor bruising or bleeding. You may feel tired or sometimes invigorated. Symptoms generally resolve after 2 – 3 days. However if you have any concerns following treatment, please contact Centre on 02476 100770 and ask to speak to your practitioner for advice.