Acupuncture is one of the most popular of all Asian therapies. Having a long history dating back over two-thousand years, acupuncture brings a lot of interest and fascination for a lot of people. However, many people in the Western world still do not realise the incredible benefits of this therapy and what it can offer a person. Here we would like to share with you some more information on acupuncture therapy so you will have more of an understanding of what it can do and how it might be of benefit to yourself and people you know.
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine often go together in a treatment. However, there are many practitioners who only practice acupuncture and do not use herbs. There are some conditions which can be treated by acupuncture alone as there are also ailments that will respond to only having Chinese herbs. However, in some circumstances, a patient may require both acupuncture treatment and herbs. In this case, then the acupuncturist will work alongside a Chinese herbalist if they do not practice herbs themselves.
Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about acupuncture to help you with your understanding and decision making when it comes to considering having this treatment for yourself.
An Insight Into Acupuncture Treatment
What Happens In An Acupuncture Treatment?
When a person first comes for an acupuncture treatment they will be interviewed about their current health and any ailments that they may be suffering with. The practitioner will take great care in asking questions about the past medical history in order to understand the person and their condition better.
From this point, the practitioner will then carry out a diagnosis, which will involve a combination of looking at the tongue, looking at areas of the body such as the face, feet and hands and palpating the abdomen as well as using the Chinese method of pulse diagnosis.
The practitioner will then formulate a treatment plan and choose the acupuncture points that will be able to help the person best for their current conditions. Once the needles have been inserted into the person, they will usually stay in the body for around twenty minutes. During this time the patient can relax and even have a sleep if they would like to.
What Can Acupuncture Help With?
Acupuncture can help with a wide range of conditions. Many people think of back pain when they think of acupuncture. However, many people are surprised to learn that this therapy can also help with disorders related to the respiratory, digestive, nervous, endocrine and circulatory systems of the body as well as helping to relieve and reduce pain in the joints and muscles.
Is Acupuncture Painful?
For the most part, acupuncture is not usually painful, however, sometimes there can be a momentary sharp scratch or a dull aching sensation, which is short lived. Once the needles are inside the chosen acupuncture points, the treatment is very relaxing and some people even fall asleep. You do not need to worry about the treatment being painful because acupuncture needles are very thin and well made, which means they do not catch or pull on the skin when they are being inserted. Here you can see more information about acupuncture needles and what they are made of in this article.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
This is a difficult question to answer because everybody is so different. It also depends on what you are requiring treatment for, how long you have had your condition and how your body responds to acupuncture. Everyone will respond to having acupuncture, but some people will respond more quickly than others.
Quyen Tran is an experienced acupuncturist who will be one of the practitioners working along-side us. Quyen is a practitioner from Vietnam and has been treating patients in the UK now for a few years. Quyen provides acupuncture for many different conditions and also provides facial acupuncture treatment to patients. You can learn more about Quyen by visiting her website at www.quyentranacupuncture.co.uk or you can also see Quyen on Vimeo here at BrownBook.
Here is an interesting video on what acupuncture is and how it works. This video is provided by the Alberta College of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine.