Traditional Chinese Acupuncture Treatment
Acupuncture is a branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine which involves the insertion of very fine sterile needles into the body. The theory behind this is that there are a number of channels that travel below the skin and connect the entire body. These channels or meridians contain Qi or energy and a blockage on these is thought to cause illness. By inserting needles at specific points along the meridians these blockages can be released and Qi can flow freely. In addition to acupuncture the practitioner may also apply cupping and moxibustion.
Acupuncture is a totally holistic therapy and no two people can have the same condition as we are all different, have different lives and thoughts. In the last two decades there has been a large increase in the amount of people using acupuncture for various diseases. For disease prevention acupuncture is recommended four times a year as the seasons change, this is when the body's immune system is at its weakest and needs a boost.
At Beckenham Therapy Rooms Dr Pamela D'Alberto (TCM) offers a very comprehensive acupuncture and Chinese medicine practise. Pamela has practised for many years and on completion of her degree spent 6 months at two hospitals in Beijing dong her internship. Pamela covers all aspects of health although does specialise in fertility and bowel problems.
Does it hurt?
Whilst each person experiences acupuncture differently, generally most people feel only a minimal amount of pain and once the needles are inserted most people experience a sense of calm, relaxation and drift off to sleep.
Is it safe?
As with everything in life, if the person is trained correctly and qualified then no problems should arise. The only side effect of acupuncture for most patients is a sense of total relaxation.
What should I expect on my first visit?
Since Acupuncture takes a more holistic approach to healthcare the history of the problem is extremely important. You will be asked a lot of questions that may seem irrelevant, i.e. do you prefer hot drinks or cold drinks, but are ways of establishing an overall picture of the problem. You will be asked to show your tongue and an examination of the pulse taken, these are major diagnostic techniques used in Traditional Chinese medicine.
Depending on the seriousness and the length of time of the condition it may take several visits.