When consulting a acupuncture practitioners the first consultation will be length as they are required to perform a detailed examination and interview.
They will ask questions and look at the colour and texture of your nails, tongue and will take various pulses at your wrists, as well as using other techniques to establish imbalances in your meridian system that might be causing your symptoms or disharmonies.
A treatment consists of a number of disposable acupuncture needles which are sterile and stainless steel being inserted at various points in your body and stimulated by gentle hand vibrations or an electric stimulator attached to the needles to help disperse the blockages within the meridians which are causing your symptoms or disharmonies. Also used is a treatment called "Moxibustion which is the warming of the acupuncture points by using a medicinal weed called "Mugward" which is burned over the area to warm the point.
Each Treatment usually lasts 20-30 minutes and a course of treatment is preferred as instant results are rarely achievable, however with a course of approximately 10 treatments depending on the condition will begin to show significant results .
Acupuncture is painless the needles are very fine and flexible and barely felt when inserted. Certain sensations associated with the therapeutic effects of acupuncture, which include slight cramping, heaviness, tingling or electric sensation. For patients who cannot stomach the thought of needles being put into their body there is hope ... a treatment similar to acupuncture called acupressure is available. (no needles involved)
Acupuncture is a universal system for treating almost all illnesses. Acupuncture is said to alleviate headaches, migraines, dental pain, lower back pain and joint problems. Acupuncture has been successfully evaluated in the treatment of nausea caused by morning sickness, post-anaesthetic and use of powerful anti-cancer drugs. Some evidence show that acupuncture might even be able to help improve and accelerate recovery after a stroke. Case studies have even shown that acupuncture can assist in weight loss. Research found that Acupuncture also helps alleviate symptoms of asthma. It is clear that for different patients with different conditions acupuncture delivers different results but all agree it definitely alleviates symptoms.
Should you be interested in trying this painless method of healthcare check if the practitioner is registered under the correct associations for your area. Some medical doctors, homeopaths, and chiropractors also practices acupuncture. Some medical insurance companies do pay for treatments but not all so it is recommended to check with your medical insurance. Cost for treatments range according to the condition being treated.