Before the treatment a consultation will be provided with a physical examination of the Tongue and Pulse. The acupuncture treatment itself consists in inserting of fine needles in specific acupuncture points. Needles are remaining for twenty to thirty minutes and its number varies from two to twenty needles at the time depending on the treated condition.
The treatment may also include moxibustion, electro acupuncture or manual manipulation, cupping, Gua Sha, Tui Na, herbal medicine.
According to Traditional Chinese medicine, the human body has different meridians- pathways of energy. The insertion of the needles in specific points removes blockages and restores the normal flow of Qi (‘Chee’ translated as energy) and help the natural recovering of the body.
Acupuncture needles are specially made for a pain free skin insertion however to achieve the treatment effect a “sensation” should be achieved or “De Qi” described as a heaviness, numbness or tingling around the needled point and/or along the meridian, signifying ‘arriving of the Qi’.
Yes, acupuncture is safe when it is provided by a qualified acupuncturist with a relevant knowledge. In Ren Shen Acupuncture and Herbal Clinic all materials, needles are sterile single use and disposed in sharp containers.
Yes, children can also have an acupuncture treatment. In that case needles are inserted with a ‘flashing technique’ which consists in a quick remove of needles after insertion. The treatment is very quick to minimise the possible pain for children.
It is recommended to avoid heavy physical exercises, stress and alcohol. Rarely, patients may feel a worsening of their condition which is gone after a day.
It is recommended to have a light meal before the treatment and it is important to not arriving hungry.
Please avoid alcoholic drinks or coffee, as they can change the Pulse and Tongue colour that are important aspects of the TCM diagnosis.
If you are under Western medication, it is important to have their names and dosages.
Yes, if the patient does not tolerate needles, acupressure, cupping, Gua Sha or use of electro device may be used instead.
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