Welcome to Garforth Acupuncture Clinic near Leeds.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture originated in China and other far eastern cultures and has been developed, researched and refined for over 2000 years. Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body to regulate the flow of ‘qi’, your body’s vital energy. For a number of lifestyle and environmental reasons, qi can become disturbed, depleted or blocked, which can result in symptoms of pain and illness or feeling generally unwell. Acupuncture can be an effective therapy to help restore balance and promote physical and emotional well-being.
Who has Acupuncture?
Many people come to Garforth Acupuncture Clinic for help with specific symptoms or to relieve specific pains like osteoarthritis of the knee. Some use acupuncture because they feel generally unwell but have no obvious diagnosis. Others choose acupuncture simply to enhance their feeling of wellbeing. Acupuncture is considered suitable for all ages including babies and children. It can be used effectively alongside conventional medicine. Acupuncture is now widely used and accepted all over the world. In the UK more and more people are finding out what acupuncture can do for them.
For a list of conditions that can be treated using acupuncture please see the BAcC website
What happens when I go for treatment?
Cary will use a number of different diagnostic methods to get a complete picture of your health and lifestyle, including taking a full medical history, reading your pulses, and looking at your tongue. Using all this information Cary makes a diagnosis and puts together your personal treatment plan. Acupuncture points are selected according to your symptoms as well as your underlying energy pattern. The single-use sterile needles come in sealed packs: they will be opened in front of you and are safely disposed of after each treatment. Cary may give you advice on other treatment modalities if she feels they may be beneficial to you.
What does it feel like?
Acupuncture needles are much finer than needles used for injections and blood tests. When the needle is inserted you may feel a tingling sensation or dull ache.
Is it safe?
The results of two independent surveys published in the British Medical Journal in 2001 (MacPherson et al, White et al, both BMJ September 2001) concluded that the risk of serious adverse reaction to acupuncture is less than 1 in 10,000. Responses to treatment can sometimes include tiredness or mild dizziness, and very occasionally minor bruising may occur. However, all such reactions are short-lived.
Should my doctor know?
You do not have to tell your GP you are having Acupuncture, however, Cary will ask you to consult your GP if she feels that a particular symptom you are experiencing requires further investigation. Please bring with you a list of all medications and supplements you are taking.
How many sessions will I need?
Frequency and number of sessions depend on your individual condition. If you have a long-standing condition then often this can require more treatment than a condition which has just occurred. Cary will normally ask to see you at weekly intervals at first and some change is usually felt within two or three treatments. The aim of treatment will usually be to resolve the problem completely however, in circumstances where symptoms are relieved but not resolved Cary will work with you to spread treatments as far apart as possible to keep costs manageable. After experiencing Acupuncture some people choose to have regular acupuncture to maintain good health.
What can acupuncture do for me?
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.
Because traditional acupuncture aims to treat the whole person rather than specific symptoms in isolation, it can be effective for a range of conditions.
Remember that acupuncturists treat the person, not just the condition which they have, so each patient’s treatment plan will be different. However, you can always ask your practitioner about other patients’ experiences, to give you an idea of what to expect. Many people return to acupuncture again and again because they find it so beneficial and relaxing.
In 2009 the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence recommended that acupuncture should be made available on the NHS, as a cost-effective short-term treatment for the management of early, persistent non-specific lower back pain.
You can get more information on current scientific research into the effectiveness of acupuncture by visiting www.acupuncture.org.uk or by speaking to a BAcC registered acupuncturist.
Do I need to do anything to prepare for my acupuncture treatment?
It is always advisable to have had a light meal or snack before coming for acupuncture. Loose fitting, comfortable clothes will allow good access to acupuncture points. Please bring a list of current medication or supplements.
I don’t like needles, is there an alternative?
Acupressure Massage can be used with acupuncture or on its own as a separate treatment modality. If a client is apprehensive about needles then as an alternative to needles different massage techniques can be used to stimulate acupuncture points and move energy in the channels. Massage is also used as a diagnostic tool to locate areas of tension and discomfort.
Cupping is another way of stimulating energy flow which involves the use of glass or plastic cups that are placed on the skin. The cups provide gentle suction at acupuncture points and with the use of oil they can be gently slid along the channels.
Earseeds are small plant seeds on plasters that can be stuck to acupuncture points in the ear and left in situ between treatments.