Acupuncture

Seated Acupressure

Traditional acupuncture is part of a spectrum of treatments of Chinese Medicine which also includes herbs, massage (tui na), exercise and diet. This ancient system of medicine dates back to over 2,000 years when the first Chinese texts were written.

Traditional Acupuncture is based on a holistic concept of treatment which regards ill health and pain as a manifestation of an imbalance in the body's energy (Qi or Chi). This occurs when the body's energy cannot flow freely through the channels or meridians within the body. There can be many reasons for this such as emotional and physical stress, poor nutrition and infection or injury.

Traditional acupuncture is a safe and effective practice, which can be used alongside conventional medicine. By inserting ultra-fine sterile needles into specific acupuncture points along the acupuncture meridians which cover the body, a traditional acupuncturist seeks to re-establish the free flow of energy (Qi or Chi) to restore balance and trigger the body's natural healing response. As acupuncture aims to treat the whole person rather than specific symptoms in isolation it can be effective for a range of conditions.

Some people turn to acupuncture for help with a specific symptom or condition. Others choose to have treatment to help maintain good health, as a preventive measure, or simply to improve their general sense of wellbeing. The focus is on the individual, not their illness, and all the symptoms are seen in relation to each other. As each patient is unique; two people with the same western diagnosis may well receive different acupuncture treatments.

A growing body of evidence-based clinical research shows that traditional acupuncture, as practised by British Acupuncture Council members safely treats a wide range of common health problems including tension-type headaches, migraines and temporary pain relief from osteoarthritis of the knee.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) now recommends 29 symptoms, diseases and conditions which can be effectively treated by acupuncture and a further 63 conditions which have shown to have a therapeutic effect, but further proof is needed.

For more information about the benefits of acupuncture, including the latest research findings, please visit the British Acupuncture Council website.

YOUR FIRST APPOINTMENT – WHAT TO EXPECT

Your initial consultation will last around 1.5 hours and during this time Rachal will take a full medical and family history. This involves asking questions about your symptoms, as well as such things as your sleeping pattern, your appetite and digestion, and your emotional wellbeing. She will also look at your tongue and feel your pulse on both wrists. If you are suffering from pain, she will examine the areas of pain and check your range of movement. 

You might feel that some questions appear unrelated to your condition but the information you give helps Rachal to form a more complete picture of your health. As a result you may find that several things get better together alongside your main complaint

Following the initial appointment Rachal will work on a diagnosis and a treatment plan. She will then discuss this at your next appointment and how long you are likely to need treatment for, and how often. This will be written in your file, as well as the date when she will review your case to see how you’re responding and how it’s working for you.

It isn't necessary to wear any special clothing, but loose clothing that you can roll up to knees/elbows is very helpful. Rachal often uses acupuncture points on the forearm and lower leg, in which case there’s no need to take any clothes off, except for shoes and socks. If she needs to use other points on the back or abdomen, you will be in a private consulting room with blankets or a gown to protect your privacy if necessary.  The needles she uses are single-use, sterile highest-quality acupuncture needles. Some needles will be left in for up to 20 minutes during the treatment and others will be in and out.

PLEASE NOTE: It’s important not to receive acupuncture on an empty stomach as this can make you feel a bit light-headed, or after consuming alcohol or taking recreational drugs.

For more information on what Rachal can treat please go to www.rachalbulleracupuncture.co.uk or call 01494 771324.