Acupuncture is one of the main aspects of the Wu Da Liao Fa or the 5 Main Methods of Treatment.

Here at Health Spring TCM we only use sterilised, single use, disposable acupuncture needles which generally range between 0.18 and 0.25mm thick – which is roughly the thickness of a single strand of hair. The length of needles differ depending on the area and reason for Acupuncture.

Does Acupuncture hurt?

No, Acupuncture should not hurt. There are a few sensations which we expect you to feel such as a light ‘prick’ feeling on the surface of the skin followed by a ‘deep’ or ‘heavy’ sensation or some people describe it as an ‘electric’ feeling, other people feel nothing at all.

If there is any specific pain, tell you practitioner straight away. Acupuncture is meant to be a pleasurable, relaxing experience. At Health Spring TCM we are here to ensure you gain the most out of every treatment.

I’m afraid of needles!

A common fear to try Acupuncture is because of the fear of needles. We never force anyone to have Acupuncture, however, we have a special method of inserting the needles and once they’re in, the usual comment is “Oh, I didn’t feel anything, that was easy!” We will do our very best to make you feel comfortable and make an informed decision to try Acupuncture.

How does Acupuncture work?

Acupuncture uses fine needles to balance the flow of Qi (Vital Energy) which flows throughout the body via a series of channels that the ancient Chinese people mapped out over 5000 years ago.

These channels, or what we call meridians,  interconnect the various body aspects: upper, lower, internal, external, muscles, organs or viscera and sense organs.

There are also muscular- tendon channels.

Fine single use disposable needles are inserted into points along the channels and in tense points in muscles to release tension and pain, promote circulation and to balance the Qi of the body for health and well being.

In Chinese Medicine we say any type of pain is a blockage in the circulation of Qi and/or Blood.  Acupuncture alongside the other treatment modalities acts to rectify the flow and circulation of Qi and Blood, harmonising the body, eliminating circulation stasis and thus pain and sickness.

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