Cost: £21/£14 concessions
Duration: 1 hour
Days: Thursdays, Fridays
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is part of the traditional medicine of China. Central to traditional Chinese medicine is the concept of qi (pronounced 'chee'). Qi is the life force or vital energy that flows throughout your body. In a healthy person the qi flows smoothly around the body. If, however, this flow is disrupted for some reason then illness can occur. The flow of qi can be disturbed by, for instance, wind and cold, diet, drugs, trauma and hereditary factors. Acupuncturists can correct the flow of qi and stimulate the body's own healing response by inserting needles into specific points on the body.
Fine needles are used and the process is almost painless, though you might feel a light pinprick on insertion and some sensation of dullness or heaviness around the area needled. The needles are sterilised and pre-packed, and are disposed of after use.
At your first consultation, the student practitioner, under the direction of the clinical supervisor, will ask you detailed questions about your condition, your bodily functions and lifestyle. They will take the pulses on both wrists and will also examine your tongue. There will be other students in the room observing the process. The student practitioner will be looking for a wider pattern of disharmony rather than isolated symptoms. Through detailed questioning they will build up a comprehensive picture of you. With this information a number of acupuncture points on the body will be selected in which the needles will be inserted.
Treatment will usually commence at the second consultation unless the condition is acute.
Before coming for treatment
Before treatment you should avoid alcohol and coffee and also foods or drinks that might colour your tongue. You should not have a large meal immediately before treatment, nor should you have treatment on an empty stomach. Please wear loose clothing for your appointment. You may find it easier to wear separates. After your treatment you may find you feel particularly calm and perhaps a little lightheaded. It is best to avoid planning anything too strenuous for the next couple of hours. We also suggest that you avoid alcohol on the day of treatment.
*We give concessions for students, the unemployed and pensioners.