On your first visit to your acupuncturist a full case history will be taken. This will include details of your diet, lifestyle and medical history as well as discussing your complaint in detail. The acupuncturist will then ask to look at your tongue and also feel your pulse on both wrists. These are both methods of Traditional Chinese diagnosis, which an acupuncturist can use to identify the areas of imbalance. Acupuncture needles will then be inserted and left in situ for approximately 20 minutes, being manipulated occasionally.
Subsequent treatment sessions consist of your feedback: changes/improvements that you've noticed since your last visit. Your treatment may then be identical to your last treatment or it may be altered slightly depending on your results.
A consultation and first visit will last approximately 90 minutes, with subsequent treatments lasting 45-60 minutes.
The effects of the acupuncture may be seen within 5 treatment sessions. Responses to the treatment vary. Some patients feel an immediate and significant improvement whilst others improve at a slower rate over a longer period of time. It is normally recommended to spread acupuncture sessions a week apart, but depending on the complaint it may be required more or less frequently.
The British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) is the UK's main regulatory body for the practice of traditional acupuncture. Members of the BAcC follow strict codes of safe practice, ethical conduct and are trained to high standards, so you can be assured that the treatment you receive is of the highest quality.
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