What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a very ancient eastern medicine used to treat all sort of illnesses from more than 3000 year. Nowadays it is usually taught as part of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
How does it work?
Acupuncture works by adressing the problems caused by deficient vital energy and blockages in the flow of energy. This is made by inserting needles in specifics "acupoints" on the meridians where the Qi "vital energy" flows.
Western researches have also shown that acupuncture promotes the release of endorphins (pain-blocking biochemicals), influence the cells of the connective tissue, activate the parasympathetic system and much more.
Read more research results in my blog.
What should I expect at my first visit?
At your first consultation, I will conduct a thorough case taking with specific questions specifically related to your main complaint but also to your overall health. Thereafter, I will proceed to the treatment where you can receive different techniques between acupuncture, massage, advises, moxibution, cupping. Of course everything will be explained and your consent is primordial.
Will it hurt?
The acupuncture needle are extremely fine. Most of the patient feel the guidetube on the skin more than the insertion of the needles. It is a pinless and stressless experience.
However, you should be able to feel the sensation of the Qi once the needle reach it. This can be at a very superficial level just under the skin. The Qi sensation is oiften described as a tingling sensation or a feeling of electricity. This is what we are looking for.
How many treatments will I need?
This varies greatly from a person to another. It will be determine as a treatment plan depending of your main complaint, duration of the complaint, and your personal response. Some chronic conditions can require 10 treatments or more and some acute conditions can be solved after 1 treatment only.
Some of my patients also like coming regularly as a weekly, bi-monthly or monthly basis to prevent diseases and injuries, relaxation and increase energy.
Is Acupuncture safe?
Yes, absolutely. There are not unpleasant side effects. Any that do occur are mild and self-correcting. Occasionally can be a minor bruising or a short-term flare-up of the condition.
The needles are used are all sterile and, single-used and stainless steel needles. I also perfectly follow the the directions of my professional code of conduct.
Does it work for children or young people?
Yes! They usually respond very well and much better than adults.
However , please note than anyone under 16 should be accompanied by a parent or a person who has responsibilities in respect of that child.
Am I fully licensed, insured and qualified?
I am Licensed from Bristol CIty Council.
I am insured by Balens insurance.
I am qualified with a Naturopath-acupuncture Diploma from The College of Naturopathic Medicine in Brisrtol after studying for 4 years naturopathy and acupuncture.
On top of it I have a Nursing Diploma after studying for 3 years.