What Will Treatment Involve?
An acupuncturist works by stimulating precise points along the meridians to restore your flow of chi and return you to full health. Many people actually describe a tingling sensation along the exact pathway of a meridian, without even knowing it exists. We work in a holistic way. This means understanding you as a complex and unique human being, as well as understanding your symptoms and your medical history. You have probably noticed that when you are stressed or overworked you are more likely to become ill. Conversely, when you are on top of the world, your health is rarely an issue.
For this reason, finding out what makes you thrive, as well as how you can avoid stress, is a vital part of the treatment process. Everyone is a unique individual and for that reason we will select points particularly relevant to your needs. In Five Element Acupuncture if we treated one hundred patients with the same complaint, they would all have different points treated.
We do not work to a rigid ‘formula’ of points, but will tailor each treatment plan for each individual patient.
What Will it Feel Like?
You will experience no more than a momentary dull ache. Both during and after treatment most people describe a feeling of relaxation and invigoration.
Many patients are wary or afraid of needles. As experienced acupuncturists we are aware of, and acknowledge, the fears some of our patients have.
Needle fear/phobia often stems from the use of large gauge hypodermic needles used to give injections or draw blood. Acupuncture needles are different. They are solid (not hollow), flexible, and very fine, about the diameter of two human hairs. The needles we use are surgical steel, sterile and disposable.
In Five Element Acupuncture we generally do not leave the needles in situ. We insert them on specific points along the meridian (energy pathway) to connect with the energy, then remove them after 1 or 2 seconds. You will feel a momentary dull ache or tug as the needle connects with the energy
Moxa (a herb from the mugwart plant) is also used to stimulate and prepare the acupuncture point by burning small cones directly onto the skin. This is known as moxibustion and gives a pleasant warming feeling.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
Everyone responds differently to treatment, but you can expect to see improvements within the first three to five sessions. You may even see dramatic changes after just a couple of sessions. If your condition is longstanding it may take a little longer.
The aim is for lasting benefit, not just short-term improvements.
Your first treatment session will include a diagnosis.
Initially, you will need to come once a week, with each treatment building on the previous session. Once your condition has begun to improve the treatments will be spaced out to allow your body’s own healing mechanisms to take over. This phase will prevent your symptoms from returning and will ensure a continued improvement. Soon you will reach the stage where you only need to come a few times a year as a preventative measure. You can continue to use acupuncture in this way to ensure that you maintain optimum health in body and mind.