There is no ‘one size fits all’ Acupuncture treatment because no two people are identical. Traditional Acupuncture based in Worcester is a holistic healthcare system that treats the whole person, not just your symptoms.
Consultation: During the initial consultation we will take a complete medical history in order to understand your unique physical profile and lifestyle. You will generally be asked about your current symptoms, medical history, diet, digestive system, sleeping patterns and emotional state. The practitioner will take your pulse on both wrists, examine your tongue and palpate for areas of muscular tension or pain.
Treatment plan: Following diagnosis we will put together your personalized treatment plan which may include lifestyle and dietary advice. We use ultra-fine, sterile acupuncture needles to stimulate specific acupuncture points on your body. Because energy meridians cover the whole body, the points used are not always close to where you experience pain or discomfort. For example, if you suffer from headaches needles might be inserted in your foot or hand. We may suggest ways in which you can enhance the long-term effects of your treatment, such as by making changes to your diet and daily routine.
In addition to needling acupuncture points, a traditional acupuncture treatment may include other Chinese therapeutic techniques such as:
Moxibustion: Treats and prevents diseases by the application of heat to points or certain locations on the body. The material used is mainly ‘moxa-wool’, which is a dried herb related to Mugwort and usually in the form of a cone or stick. It is mainly is used to warm, expel cold and damp and keep good health.
Gua Sha: A popular treatment in China whereby the patient’s neck, chest or back is rubbed vigorously to cause local stagnation which increases blood flow clears energy blockages and clears excess heat.
Cupping Therapy: A jar is placed on the surface of the skin to cause local congestion, through the removal of the air in the jar. This method promotes the free flow of Qi and Blood in the channels, diminishes swellings and pains and dispels cold and dampness.
Chinese ‘Tuina’ Massage: to relieve muscle tension, stimulate acupressure points, open energy meridians and stimulate the flow of Qi.
Acupuncture is one of the safest medical treatments, both conventional and complementary, on offer in the UK.
- The Acupuncturist will set up a ‘clean field’ for needles and other equipment.
- Needles are individually wrapped in sterile packaging and are used only once.
- Used needles are deposited in a sharps box to be collected by an authorized carrier and safely disposed of as clinical waste.
- The treatment couch is covered with fresh paper couch roll for each patient, and used couch roll is disposed of as clinical waste.
- Your practitioner will wash their hands several times before, during and after your treatment.
- We have full medical malpractice and public liability insurance cover.