During the initial consultation you will be asked about your current symptoms and what treatment you have received so far. In addition to this, you will be asked about your general state of health and medical history to identify any underlying patterns of disharmony which may have contributed to your present condition. A detailed analysis of your pulse and tongue will also give valuable insight into you as an individual. The information gathered is then used to formulate a treatment plan.
The acupuncture needles used are pre-sterilised, single use needles which are disposed of immediately following each treatment. An acupuncture needle is very fine, when the needle is inserted, the sensation is often described as a tingling or dull ache. The needles are usually left in place for about 15 minutes during which time you can just relax and perhaps listen to some music.
Where appropriate other treatment modalities may be suggested to enhance the effects of the acupuncture.
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.
To further stimulate acupuncture points it may be appropriate to use moxa. Moxa is a smouldering herb which warms and encourages the flow of energy in the channels. An alternative to moxa is a heat lamp.
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 place between treatments.