Traditional acupuncture

Treatments

The first consultation will take longer that subsequent sessions - up to 2 hours. Your general state of health will be accessed in order to identify the underlying pattern of disharmony and so the most effective treatment is given.

Your current symptoms and what treatment you have received so far, your medical history and that of your close family, your diet, digestive system, sleeping patterns and emotional state. To discover how the energies are flowing in your body, your pulses will be checked on both your wrists, noting the quality, rhythm and strength. The structure and colour of your tongue also gives a good guide to your physical health.

Once enough information has been gathered to determine the likely cause of your problems, then an appropriate treatment is formulated. The aim if to discover which energy channels need adjusting for your specific complaint to improve and which require treatment to boost you're overall energy and vitality.

There are around 500 recognised acupuncture points on the body, of which 100 most commonly used. Stimulation of specific areas on the skin affects the functioning of certain organs in the body. However, those areas may not be close to the part of the body where the problem is experienced, for example, although you may suffer from headaches, needles may be inserted in your foot or hand.

Your needle treatment may be supplemented with moxa, a smouldering herb which is used to warm the acupuncture points to encourage the body's energy to flow smoothly.

Subsequent treatments may last up to 1 hour. Frequency and length of treatments depends on the individual's condition.

For more information regarding where I practice acupuncture in Cheltenham and Gloucester, see the contact details page.