What happens in a treatment?

During a treatment, fine, sterilised needles are used on different acupuncture points on the body, to improve the body’s energy flow. I also use moxa where appropriate.

Subsequent treatments last for an hour. Just as no two patients are the same, each treatment is different: reflecting exactly what is needed at that moment.

Some people avoid acupuncture, as they are needle phobic… but they don’t need to. Acupuncture needles are very fine – about the thickness of two human hairs. Most needles are only inserted for 1-2 seconds. Once they have made contact with your qi (energy), they are removed. Patients describe the sensation as a tug or a pull which only lasts a few seconds.

How many treatments will I need?

This is dependent on how long symptoms have been present: long term conditions usually take a longer period of treatment. Treatment is based on the needs of each individual person, but a typical course would be once a week for four weeks, then moving to a wider gap, as the patient’s energy is restored to balance. Whether someone decides to come for a short course of treatment, or to make Classical Five-Element Acupuncture part of their ongoing lifestyle, the treatment is holistic: aiming to restore balance to body, mind and spirit.