Acupuncture uses super fine needles, which are inserted into specific points on the body. The practitioner taps the needles into these points quickly and very little pain is felt. There are hundreds of different points on the body that were mapped out by Chinese Sages thousands of years ago. Each point has a different effect; some points nourish, some points are used for clearing and others for promoting circulation.acu 7

From a Chinese Medicine viewpoint, Acupuncture works on the flow of “Qi”: the energy that supports and activates all the systems within our bodies. From a biomedical viewpoint, inserting the needles stimulates the production of white blood cells and encourages a healing response. The needles also stimulate the release of endorphins (which create a feeling of well-being).

In a typical treatment a practitioner will insert 2-20 needles. The patient often feels a subtle throbbing or pulsating feeling. (Some patients don’t recognise any sensation at all). The needles are usually left in for 5- 35 minutes, depending on the treatment.

After treatment most patients feel very relaxed. Some treatments can be very energising, whist others can leave you feeling quite drowsy. It is a good idea to leave at least a half hour free after your treatment to allow for good integration.