Normally, during acupuncture consultation or treatment, it goes something like this:
Taking your Case
First your case is ‘taken’. This means listening to you and taking notes, then examining you.
Often a physical examination reveals sore places on your body that help to explain or identify sources of your problem. (Until found, you might not even know you had such sore places!)
We may check various parts of your body, legs, arms or head. Sometimes sore points are on your feet or hands.
Pulse and Tongue
With a diagnosis, treatment can be planned.
By the way …! Wondering how Chinese medicine explains many common ‘diseases’? Have a look at our sister-site’s page on Common Diseases.
It does NOT include everything we use acupuncture for – in fact it hardly begins to cover the range of conditions we treat, but it’s a start! We add pages as and when we have time.
With your consent, we insert needles carefully into chosen points. The location may be swabbed with an alcoholic swab before treatment. We use only single-use needles – no needle is ever re-used.
Inserting the needles is quick and unfussy. People expect it to hurt but it seldom does. If it does, it’s like plucking a hair from an eyebrow.
Once a needle is inserted it may be gently manipulated to achieve the effect desired. As this happens you may feel a heavy, slightly cramping ache – almost numbness – near or related to the needle, called DEQI (pronounced ‘day-chee!‘) Sometimes it’s more like a ‘twitch’.
Often needles are left in place for a while to do their work.
However, sometimes, after referring back to your pulse or where there was previously a sore spot discovered during the original examination, a needle can be removed having done its job.
People generally feel relaxed and sleepy while the needles do their job. Music may help them doze.
After removing them, needles go into special ‘sharps’ containers.
You can then get up, dress, and arrange your next appointment.
If the treatment made you feel very relaxed (often the case!) before you drive away please go for a brisk walk and/or have a cup of Indian tea.
On the other hand, if treatment has exhilarated you, try to take things slowly and postpone big decisions for a day or two.
If you find yourself newly pain-free or energised, please don’t immediately test your resilience! It takes time for your body to adjust to its new feelings. Remember, it may have taken years for a condition to develop: your body probably can’t repair it completely in just a day or two. Give it time! Go slow!
You may receive advice on nutrition, on exercise or lifestyle. The advice is often important for ensuring your treatment continues to work and your body doesn’t revert to its former condition.
Keep Notes until next time
Then please keep summary notes of how you feel until your next treatment.