TCM acupuncture works on the premise that for health and well being there must be balance. Numerous factors can affect this balance and interfere with a person’s ability to adapt and move with the flow of life. A person’s emotional state, hereditary factors, physical traumas or poor nutrition and infections can all tip the balance.
If this happens, the body’s energy (Qi) which runs throughout channels (meridians) can become depleted or blocked and this can upset the natural harmony of the body and lead to physical and/or emotional symptoms.
A TCM trained acupuncturist will therefore explore your complaint from the wider perspective of your life and tailor treatments to suit your individual needs. This is why TCM acupuncture is known as a holistic form of treatment; it revolves around you as a person and not just the symptoms you may be suffering.
As well as asking you lots of questions during your consultation, Martine and Natalie, your acupuncturists will take your pulse and ask to look at your tongue. Once all of this information has been correlated and the nature of the problem taken into account, a unique combination of points will be formulated to treat you. Specific points will be needled along the meridians of your body to nourish and unblock areas where there is stagnation of Qi.
Extremely fine, sterile, single-use disposable needles are used in line with the stringent standards of the BAcC. There may be mild discomfort during needling (usually a dull ache or tingling) but this is momentary. Once all the needles are in place, patients usually feel very relaxed and often fall asleep.
Ancillary treatments like cupping therapy, moxibustion, electro-acupuncture and ear acupuncture may also be used during your treatment but Martine and Natalie will always explain everything to you during the process.