Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine in South East London
Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that involves the insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body.
Acupuncture is based on the concept of Qi, or vital energy, flowing through the body along channels known as meridians.
Acupuncture is a holistic approach that aims to treat the whole person, rather than just the symptoms of a particular condition.
Acupuncture is generally considered a safe and well-tolerated treatment, with few reported side effects. Many people find it to be a beneficial and effective therapy for a wide range of conditions.
Acupuncture may work by stimulating the body’s natural healing mechanisms and promoting the release of endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers.
Acupuncture is becoming more widely accepted in Western medicine, with many doctors and hospitals offering it as a complementary therapy.
Acupuncture is a personalized treatment, with the practitioner tailoring the treatment to the individual’s specific needs and conditions.
your first acupuncture Appointment
What Happens At an acupuncture Treatment
On the basis of your medical history, your pulse, the location of your symptoms and your tongue, I will decide which combination of points is right for your whole body as well as your symptoms.
The single-use sterile needles come in sealed packs that will be open in front of you and safely disposed of after each treatment.
Acupuncture needles are so fine that most people don’t feel them being inserted. It is normal to feel a mild tingle or dull ache as I might adjust them. Many people feel deeply relaxed during the treatment.
Weekly sessions are quite usual to begin with, for perhaps five or six sessions, reducing in frequency as your body responds.
During your Acupuncture Treatment
Unlike other acupuncturists, I leave needles to stay in for at least 30-40min. In Tung’s acupuncture (the style of acupuncture I practice), the needles are often left in place for a longer period of time to allow for greater stimulation of the acupuncture point, which can enhance the therapeutic effects of the treatment and provide longer-lasting results.
Additionally, Tung’s acupuncture emphasizes the use of fewer needles, but with more precise placement, so leaving the needles in place for a longer period of time can help to maximize the therapeutic benefit of each individual needle.
The frequency of Tung’s acupuncture treatments is highly individualized and depends on various factors, such as the severity and chronicity of the condition being treated, the age and overall health of the patient, and their response to treatment.
In general, for acute conditions, such as a recent injury or illness, more frequent treatments (2-3 times per week) may be recommended initially until symptoms improve. For chronic conditions, treatments may be less frequent (once a week or bi-weekly) and may continue for several weeks or months.
As symptoms improve, the frequency of treatments may be gradually reduced. However, for some chronic conditions, ongoing maintenance treatments may be necessary to sustain the therapeutic benefits of acupuncture.