Most people come to us with a specific condition in mind and treatment will focus on healing, improving or managing that condition, depending upon what is possible for you as an individual. However, in the course of treatment, many people find that their overall health and sense of vitality is improved, and it is common to see improvement in unexpected areas. This is because, if good health is defined as the body’s ability to maintain equilibrium in the face of life’s challenges, acupuncture treatment is a way of helping the body back into balance and encouraging it to stay there. It does this by regulating the flow of body’s energy. This energy is called ‘qi’ in Chinese medicine and it drives all biological systems and emotional reactions. By inserting very fine needles into specific points on the body, acupuncture encourages the qi to re-balance itself and allows illness to heal.
Before your first session it is useful to bear in mind that many commonly used acupuncture points are located on the lower arms and legs, so it is helpful to wear clothing that allows easy access to these areas. It is also best to ensure that you do not have a completely empty stomach.