1. Does Acupuncture hurt?
I often get the reaction, "Is that it?" after inserting needles. To many, acupuncture feels like a slight pinch that goes away after a few minutes.
Although acupuncture is not very painful to most people, it may feel slightly uncomfortable or unfamiliar during one's first sessions. Sensations including tingling, warmth, dull aching, lightness, numbness and pressure are normal, and often we refer to this as 'De Qi'- a sought after sensation that traditionally, indicates we have achieved an activation of Qi or energy at this point.
2. What conditions can Chinese Medicine help?
Chinese Medicine is a very diverse medicine, thought to benefit many conditions. Although acupuncture is widely associated with pain management, there a many other diseases and ailments that acupuncture can help. Please email me if you are wondering whether acupuncture is suited for you.
I have particular interests in areas of:
- Mental health (such as stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia)
- Women's health support (Pre-conception and pregnancy care, menstrual problems, menopause)
- Musculoskeletal conditions (Pain management and recovery)
- Digestive Health (such as IBS, pain, bloating, reflux)
- Cosmetic acupuncture, facial cupping and gua sha.
Is Chinese Medicine safe?
I have been trained/supervised closely, and have studied very hard for 4 years to ensure that I provide the safest care possible to all of my patients. Whilst there are some potential side effects to Chinese Medicine (such as some bruising or faintness from acupuncture, or adverse reactions to herbal medicines in those sensitive), I will explain these in our consult and ensure that you understand before proceeding. Side effects are rare and unforeseeable- it is very hard to predict how one's body may react to TCM, but we Chinese Medicine Practitioners do all that we can to prevent those happening, and adjust future treatments to suit you.
4. Is there any evidence that acupuncture works?
A study published in 2017 titled The Acupuncture Evidence Project reviewed evidence supporting the effectiveness of acupuncture in research available.
This study reviewed 122 conditions, and evidence of a positive effect of acupuncture was found in varying levels for 117 of those conditions.
- Conditions that showed strong evidence supporting the efficacy of acupuncture included knee osteoarthritis, chemotherapy-induced vomiting and nausea (with anti-emetics), post-operative vomiting and nausea, post-operative pain, allergic rhinitis (hayfever- perennial and seasonal), migraine prophylaxis, chronic lower back pain and (tension type/chronic) headaches.
- Conditions that showed moderate evidence supporting the effectiveness of acupuncture included anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), hypertension (with medication) obesity, acute lower back pain, neck pain, perimenopausal and postmenopausal insomnia, acute stroke, asthma in adults and constipation.
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Or still unsure if Chinese Medicine is for you?