Acupuncture FAQs answered

Acupuncture is an alternative medicine that can alleviate the symptoms of some health issues. However, you may have several questions about how it works.

I have compiled a list of frequently asked questions about acupuncture and answered them. Feel free to visit Sue Church Acupuncture if you are in Reading . I will offer you detailed information about my therapies and schedule a therapy session for you, if requested. Contact me.

How does illness develop from an oriental point of view?

Some illnesses, disease, discomfort or just feeling out of sorts can be attributed to a state of ill-health or lack of well-being. Many factors, emotional problems, overwork, unhealthy eating habits and weather conditions negatively affect our energy flow causing blocks and deficiencies which eventually cause ill health.

The body’s reaction to disease or being out of balance manifests in physical symptoms. If the root of these imbalances is not treated, the diseased state progresses and can worsen.

Is acupuncture safe?

Acupuncture is extremely safe when performed by a fully-trained qualified acupuncturist. All needles are pre-sterilised, single use and disposable.

Does it hurt?

Acupuncture needles are much finer than needles used for injections and blood tests. When the needle is inserted the sensation is often described as a pulling, tingling or dull ache. Once the needles are in place, they should not be felt.

How many treatments will I need?

Frequency and length of treatment depends on your individual condition. Generally, the more chronic the problem, the longer it will take to correct. You will begin to notice a difference after a few sessions. The benefits will gradually last longer with repeated treatments. Some conditions respond immediately.

Do you have to believe in acupuncture for it to work?

As the body responds to treatment, the mind comes to realise that it can put away the ‘sceptic’ and perception changes.

Who has acupuncture?

Many people come for help with specific symptoms or conditions. Others choose acupuncture as a preventative measure to strengthen their constitution or because they just feel generally unwell.

What happens when I go for treatment?

You will be asked about your current symptoms , what treatment you have received, your medical history, your diet, digestive system and emotional state. Sue will feel your pulses on both your wrists and may ask to look at your tongue. The acupuncture points used are not always close to the part of the body where you experience the problem, e.g. although you may suffer from headaches, needles may be inserted into your foot or hand. The first sessions involves a full consultation and initial treatment. Subsequent treatments will be mutually agreed from the onset.

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