What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an ancient system of healing, which can help many conditions and symptoms of imbalance. Very fine sterile needles are used to encourage a balance in our energies and to create a feeling of wellbeing and calm.
Acupuncture began with the discovery that the stimulation of specific areas of the skin affected the functioning of certain organs of the body. It evolved into a system of healing as the connection between the skin and the organs was better understood.
How will it feel?
Some people would like to try acupuncture, but may not because they assume it will be painful. The needles Jill uses are solid and much finer than those used for injections or withdrawing blood. In most cases only a slight prick is felt when the needle goes through the skin. When the needle reaches the acupuncture point there is another sensation often described as a tingle or dull ache. The sensation felt is generally acceptable and lasts only 1 or 2 seconds.
Are there any side effects?
Occasionally you may experience a small bruise. It is not unusual to feel relaxed or tired after a treatment, but equally you may feel very energised.
Is it safe to have acupuncture? Are your needles sterile?
It is absolutely safe to have acupuncture. Jill is a fully qualified members of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) http://www.acupuncture.org.uk and are bound by the Council’s Code of Practice. This includes stringent standards of hygiene and sterilisation for equipment and needles. These procedures have been approved by the Department of Health and provide protection against the transmission of infectious diseases. Every needle used is sterile and then disposed of safely after your treatment. You will be treated with new sterile needles every time you come.
Useful links -
The College of Traditional Acupuncture (CTA) - http://www.cta-uk.net
The British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) - http://www.acupuncture.org.uk