What is Acupuncture

Origins of Acupuncture

Acupuncture is part of traditional Chinese medicine where the basis of diagnosis and treatment is that the mind and body should be in perfect harmony.

Acupuncture originated in China and other far Eastern cultures, and has developed over 2,500 years. It is widely used and accepted all over the world as a credible medinical treatment.

Acupuncture treatment is gentle and focuses on the wellbeing of the patient. It aims to improve their overall health and wellbeing.

What happens at your first acupuncture session?

Your acupuncture therapist will put you at ease and let you relax. Here are some common guidelines to get the most from your first acupuncture session.

Avoid stimulants such as coffee and alcohol

Avoid caffeine, alcohol and energy drinks for a few hours before your sessions, as these can lead to an increase pulse. This makes it harder for the acupuncture practitioner to get correct readings.

Eating
Eat 2 to 3 hours before your appointment as this will allow your body to digest the food and be comfortable when you lie down.

Time your appointment appropriately
Following your acupuncture treatment, you will be very relaxed, so try to plan your day appropriately.¬† You don’t want to be too stressed beforehand.

What clothes to wear
Loose fitting clothes are best as these will allow free movement of your limbs should you need to move.

Your initial consultation

Most acupuncture treatments will start with a consultation where you will be asked about your medical history and things to do with your current health and general wellbeing. Your pulse will be taken and you’ll most likely be asked about your diet and lifestyle.

How Acupuncture sessions should I book?

How many sessions you will need will depend on each patients needs and condition.

Where can I find an acupuncture practitioner in my area?

Vist http://www.acupuncture.org.uk/ to find a registered practitioner in your area.

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