Hazel Priestley - Acupuncture and Tui Na

Acupuncture Treatment

Needles

What happens?

The first session will include a full consultation. The therapist will ask for details of medical history, current symptoms, general state of health, diet, sleeping patterns and emotional state. Both pulses will be taken and the tongue checked to give an overall guide to physical health. If the therapist feels that a referral via a GP is wise or necessary, treatment may be delayed until this is in place. The most relevant treatment can then be given using a personalised acupuncture point prescription. Sometimes moxibustion, cupping and pressure massage are also used to stimulate the acupuncture points; electro-acupuncture may also be used.

How long does it take?

Consultation and first treatment may take up to 90 minutes; subsequent treatment sessions normally last 45 to 60 minutes.

How many treatments will I need, and how often?

The number of treatments depends on the individual and their response to the treatment. Changes and effects may be seen within 5 treatments. With some people the effects can be quite dramatic and immediate, while others may require treatment spread over several months due to a slower response and reaction.

The normal recommendation is one or two visits per week at first, depending on the conditions present.

After-care

Because acupuncture helps to release toxins and restore energy levels in the body, it is important to drink plenty of water after a treatment. Patients usually feel rested and relaxed after acupuncture and should try to maintain this sense as they go about their daily lives. Apart from occasional tiny red spots or bumps, the needles usually leave no lasting mark upon the body.

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