The therapist will first make an indepth diagnosis before
giving treatment. Questions about your lifestyle, diet, health
and medical history will be asked and observations will be made
from your tongue and pulse.
From this the therapist will determin the disharmonies in your
body and a treatment plan will be made, involving acupuncture.
Acupuncture involves small, fine needles being inserted into
specific parts of the body, where the body's channels of energy
or meridians consist. This is a Chinese philosophy. It is believed
that the individuals health is dependent on the correct balance
and movement of the body's energy, or in Chinese, Qi. It does
not hurt and is nothing like needlles used for blood tests. The
sensation is usually a tingling or ache, followed by relaxation.
Acupuncture treats a number of conditions, including, rheumatism,
arthritis, asthma, headaches, poor appetite, depression, allergies,
stomach and menstrual problems, high blood pressure, skin conditions,
insomnia and lethargy. Acupuncture can also be used as a preventative
measure, maintaining health and as a form of relaxation. Treatments
can last from a few sessions to tens of sessions. This depends
on how your body responds to the Acupuncture.
The representation for doctors who are qualified acupuncturists
is the, 'British Medical Acupuncture Society (BMAS). Here you
can write, telling them the area you live in and they will send
you informattion on qualified acupuncturists in your area. Contact,
British Medical Acupuncture Society, Newton house, Newton Lane,
Whitley, Warrington, Cheshire, WA4 4JA.
Tel: 01925 730727
Fax: 01925 730492
or visit their web site: www.medical-acupuncture.co.uk