What To Expect

During your first consultation, I will ask you detailed questions about your current symptoms, general state of heath and lifestyle to build up a comprehensive picture of your condition. Please discuss with me all treatments or medications you are taking and all medical conditions you have. After the discussion I will take your pulse on both wrists and examine your tongue. Taking the pulse in Traditional Chinese Medicine is an important diagnostic tool which helps to give me important information about your current state of health.

Based on the on all the information you give me, I will make a diagnosis and devise your treatment plan, which may include lifestyle and dietary advice as well as acupuncture. The frequency and length of treatment depends on your individual condition as every patient is different and acupuncture treatments are unique to each individual. However, as a guide, treatments are usually weekly at first and then spaced out when the symptoms have improved. Some change is usually felt after five treatments, although occasionally only one or two treatments are required. Some patients may need treatment over several months or long-term but, if this is the case, I will regularly review your treatment with you to check that you are satisfied with the progress that is being made.

I will then use very fine (hair-thin) 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. People experience acupuncture differently, but most feel little or no pain as the needles are inserted. Some people feel energized by treatment, while others feel relaxed. Before your first acupuncture session there are some things you should bear in mind:

You may be also treated by cupping, where a glass or plastic cup is placed on your skin and suction created inside the cup.

Finally, for those who would like to experience some of the benefits of acupuncture but who don’t like needles, I can offer acupressure massage. This involves the same diagnostic process but, in this case, the application of pressure to the acupuncture points.