FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How Acupuncture works
Chinese medical theory describes how the body is kept in balance by the free flow of the energy called Qi. The energy (QI) flows through channels called meridians. If this flow becomes blocked, an imbalance occurs and this can give rise to disease, loss of function and pain.
In the last few years Western scientists have discovered myofascial pathways that appear to follow the meridians described by the ancient acupuncturists, and the concept of QI itself could well overlap with their growing knowledge of how the cells of the body communicate.
Acupuncture aims to maintain the energy flow and resolve any blockages to restore the natural balance. This stimulates the body’s own natural healing and defence processes, promoting physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing.
What does acupuncture feel like?
What happens in a treatment session?
The treatment may just consist of acupuncture alone, or another supporting treatment, such as Reiki or cupping or moxibustion could be used as well
How many treatment sessions are usually required?
What do I need to do to prepare before a treatment session?
Do I need to inform my GP I’m having acupuncture?
Does acupuncture affect any medication or other treatment I’m currently receiving?
There is a chance that it could help reduce the need for medication or other treatment or even lead to them not being required at all. However, you should discuss this with your consultant or GP first if you feel you may want or are able to do this.