Treatment plan and treatment
Based on all the information you have given, Ann will put together your treatment plan, which may include lifestyle and dietary advice as well as acupuncture.
As well as needling acupuncture points, Ann may use other Chinese Medicine
techniques such as:
moxibustion: heat is applied to an acupuncture point or meridian using moxa
(a therapeutic herb) and/or heat lamps to warm and relax muscles.
cupping: glass cups with a vacuum seal are placed on the skin to stimulate
Ann may suggest ways in which you can enhance the long-term effects of your treatment. This may involve making changes to your diet and daily routine.
If necessary you may be referred to other healthcare practitioners for specialist care or advice.
Most people find acupuncture relaxing and often feel very calm after a treatment. You may feel a little tired or sleepy and should take this into account if you are planning to drive or use heavy machinery straight after your treatment.
You should refrain from vigorous exercise after treatment and, ideally, give yourself a little time to rest. It is also advisable not to drink alcohol or coffee for several hours after treatment.
Acupuncture has very few side effects and any that do occur are usually mild and self-correcting. Cupping can sometimes temporarily mark the skin. This is painless and generally clears within a day or two.
It is very important to note that although acupuncture may help you to feel better, it can not cure a serious underlying problem. It is, therefore, essential that you continue to seek normal medical advice and continue with essential medical treatment. A good acupuncturist will support you in this and refer you to a western medicine practitioner if appropriate.
What Happens During an Acupuncture Treatment?
If you are new to acupuncture let Ann know and she will take extra time to explain everything to you and make sure you are comfortable with each stage of the treatment.
Wear comfortable clothing that allows easy access to the lower legs and arms, as these are where many of the most commonly used acupuncture points are sited.
Also , for your own comfort, it is best not to have a treatment on an empty stomach or after a heavy meal.
Your first consultation
Your first appointment is often up to an hour and a half. This will allow plenty of time to discuss your health issues and to answer any questions you may have before commencing your first treatment.
Acupuncture needles are so fine that they pass easily through the eye of a sewing needle
Before you Start.
During your first visit Ann will need to gain a thorough understanding of your main complaint and your general health and lifestyle. This will include questions about your current symptoms and your medical history, as well as such things as your sleeping pattern, your appetite and digestion, and your emotional well-being.
You might feel that some of the questions appear unrelated to your condition but the information you give helps your practitionner to form a complete picture of your health and lifestyle.
Ann will also take your pulse on both wrists and examine your tongue, and may feel for areas of muscular tension or pain where appropriate.
Ann will then use very fine single-use pre-sterilised needles to stimulate specific acupuncture points on your body.
Because energy meridians range across the whole body, the points used are not necessarily close to where you experience pain or discomfort. For example if you suffer from headaches needles might be inserted in your foot or hand.