What will treatment involve?
In the beginning, I ask lots of questions. The core question is, what do you want to get out of treatment and how will we know we’ve achieved that? I then need to understand your patterns: your sleep, energy levels, appetite, digestion, temperature, emotional temperament, etc. Any current stresses? What's your lifestyle including diet and exercise? When we meet, I will also look at your tongue and feel your pulse.
Commonly I do some of this as a free consultation on the phone.
Treatment will include any or all: acupuncture, kinesiology (for sensitivities, pathogens and nutritional deficiencies), EFT, frequency therapy or Bach Flower Remedies, depending on symptoms (or personal preference).
How long will it take?
Your first diagnosis and treatment will last 1.5 to 2 hours. Subsequent treatments generally take an hour, (longer for extensive EFT).
How many treatments will I need?
Everyone responds differently to treatment, but you can expect to see significant improvements within the first five sessions. You may even see dramatic changes after just one to three sessions; if your condition is long standing it may take a little longer.
Ideally, you will come once a week in the beginning, with each treatment building on the previous session. Once your condition improves, treatments can be spaced out to allow your body's own healing mechanisms to take over. You may reach the stage where you only need to come a few times a year as a preventative measure. You can continue to use acupuncture in this way to ensure that you remain healthy and happy.
Should my doctor know?
Acupuncture is complementary to conventional medicine. If you have been prescribed medication, it makes sense to let your doctor know that you are planning to have acupuncture. Bring a list of any medication you are taking so that this can be considered in your treatment. In some circumstances treatment may allow you to reduce or even cease taking some medications, but please discuss this with your doctor.
Many people find treatment relaxing and calming. You may feel tired and sleepy, so if possible go home and relax after treatment, avoid drinking booze - instead drink lots of water. Some people find they are super energised after treatment, if this is you, try not to use up all your energy in an Olympic run, or the like!
Is it safe?
I am a registered acupuncturist with the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC). I am bound by the strict rules set out in the BAcCcodes of ethics and safe practice. BAcC rules cover the use of sterile needles and hygiene procedures. They are approved by the Department of Health.