What can be treated?
Chinese medicine developed disease theories and techniques that address many areas of health that effectively treat a broad range of conditions and can also assist with general health maintenance and disease prevention.
The general aim of treatment is to regulate imbalance by nourishing deficiencies and promoting qi and blood circulation, which often is disrupted through various factors such as genetic predisposition, diet, emotional distress and irregular lifestyle habits.
While Matthew is highly skilled and proficient in Chinese medicine he has also worked in Western medicine settings for many years. He has seen the strengths and weaknesses in both systems and uses this knowledge to get the best possible outcomes for his patients. Having a different perspective to Western medicine, Chinese medicine can often cast light on conditions which modern medicine has difficulty treating.
What to Expect
During the initial visit, which normally lasts up to one and a half hours, a full consultation and treatment will be provided. You may be asked questions regarding your medical history, diet and lifestyle. Other diagnostic measures unique to Chinese medicine such as tongue and pulse diagnosis may also be conducted. A treatment plan will be discussed which will outline the anticipated course of treatment for your specific concern. Although all cases are different and unique, generally patients will begin to achieve results after 3 to 6 treatments, sometimes sooner.
Do acupuncture needles hurt?
Most people’s experience of needles is of those used in injections and blood tests. Acupuncture needles bear little resemblance to these. They are much finer and are solid rather than hollow. When the needle is inserted, the sensation is often described as a tingling or dull ache. Needles are inserted either for a second or two, or may be left in place for 30 minutes or more, depending on the effect required.
During treatment, patients commonly experience heaviness in the limbs or a pleasant feeling of relaxation. The benefits of acupuncture frequently include more than just relief from a particular condition. Many people find that it can also lead to increased energy levels, improved digestion and sleep as well as an enhanced sense of overall well being.