About acupuncture

What can acupuncture do for me?

Some people turn to acupuncture for help with a specific symptom or condition. Others choose to have treatment to help maintain good health, as a preventive measure, or to improve their general sense of wellbeing. Traditional acupuncture aims to treat the whole person rather than specific symptoms in isolation.

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine

Acupuncture works to help maintain your body’s balance. It involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body to regulate the flow of Qi. Qi is your vital energy or life-force. For a number of lifestyle and environmental reasons, Qi can become disturbed, depleted or blocked. This can result in symptoms such as pain, a particular illness or emotional upset. The Five Element approach is concerned with strengthening your constitution so that you can flourish, physically and emotionally, and find your own unique way forward in life.

What is acupuncture like?

The first session is an opportunity for you to tell Charlotte the details of your health, and for her to get to know you – e.g. family, work, and the pleasures and anxieties of your life. This session may include a gentle acupuncture treatment, although sometimes this is best left until the next session. A future treatment plan will be discussed – usually involving weekly treatments to start with and then less frequent treatment as your health improves. In subsequent sessions feedback and ongoing discussions ensure the acupuncture remains focused on your individual requirements. Acupuncture is rarely painful and most people find it pleasurable and relaxing.

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