Traditional acupuncture forms a part of traditional Chinese medicine in which the basis of diagnosis and treatment is that the mind and body should be in perfect balance. Originating in China and other far Eastern cultures, this ancient system of healing has developed over 2,500 years and today is widely used and accepted all over the world.
Traditional acupuncture is a gentle and effective treatment that focuses on helping the whole person, aiming to improve their entire health and wellbeing.
Preparing for your first traditional acupuncture treatment
Following these few simple steps before your first traditional acupuncture treatment will ensure you get the most out of your session:
Avoid alcohol and caffeine
The main goal of traditional acupuncture is to make you feel more relaxed and calm, so try to avoid taking stimulants either side of treatment. For example fizzy drinks and coffee make you feel more alert and energised. Believe it or not this affects your pulse and makes it much harder for your practitioner to get accurate readings.
Plan to have a meal two to three hours before your appointment, to allow your food time to digest. Don’t go with an empty stomach and more importantly don’t go just after a big meal as you may need to lie on your front.
Keep the rest of your day free after the session if you can, or at least make sure you don’t do anything too stressful. After treatment you’ll feel incredibly relaxed so try not to do anything to upset that response.
It is a good idea to wear loose-fitting clothes so that the traditional acupuncture points, especially those on your lower limbs, are easily accessible.
Your first consultation
Your acupuncturist will carry out a full diagnostic consultation including questions about your medical history and all aspects of your health and wellbeing. Your acupuncturist will also look at your tongue and feel your pulses on both wrists. This unique picture of you and your health allows the practitioner to create a bespoke treatment plan including lifestyle and dietary advice as well as acupuncture.
How many sessions will I need?
The number of sessions required depends entirely on the individual patient and the condition. Your acupuncturist will usually ask to see you once or twice a week at first. Some change is usually felt within five or six treatments, although occasionally just one or two treatments are sufficient.
What else do I need to know about acupuncture?
Get in touch with any BAcC registered acupuncturist in your area to find out more about traditional acupuncture and how you might benefit from having treatment.