This ancient art involves sterile, single-use pins that are very fine, inserted into the skin along channels or meridians. These meridians run throughout the body and when acupuncture is performed at particular points on the meridians it signals to the body to initiate the self-healing response.
Acupuncture is not painful, however, some dull or pinching sensation may be experienced upon insertion of the needle. The needle commands Qi to arrive at the needle and sends it in the appropriate direction for the channel to allow healing to commence.
Many people find they experience extreme relaxation, many times falling asleep during the treatment, which lasts approximately 25 minutes.
Chinese herbal medicine
Either as a complementary treatment to acupuncture, or solely on its own, Chinese herbal medicine is very powerful and encourages the body to heal from the inside. You will be prescribed an herbal formula according to your Chinese medicine diagnosis, and this can change as you progress in your treatment.
The raw herbs can be boiled and reduced to make a tea, which is consumed twice daily, or there are capsules and pill formulations available. You will be provided with instructions on how to take your herbal medicine.
Herbal medicine can be also be used when acupuncture is not an option, such as you are on holidays or away on a business trip.