Treatment begins with a consultation. You will be asked about any specific symptoms you have and other aspects of your health and lifestyle. Jess will also feel your pulse on both wrists and have a look at your tongue. All this information enables Jess to build up a picture of any imbalances in your system.
Acupuncture points are then chosen, which are not always close to where you are experiencing the problem.
For example, if you suffer from headaches a point in the hand or wrist may be used.
Sometimes Jess will use other Traditional Chinese Medicine techniques, such as cupping or moxa depending on the condition.
For those who do not like needles, acupressure can be used. This involves stimulating the points through pressure, rather than needles.
What Does it Feel Like?
Acupuncture needles are very fine and completely different from those used for injection and blood tests. When the needles are inserted people sometimes feel a tingling, dull ache or warmth around the needle.
Is It Safe?
Jess uses single use, disposable, sterile needles and strictly adheres to the British Acupuncture Council’s Code of Safe Practice in her treatment room. Adverse reactions are rare, but at worse may include tiredness, mild dizziness or an occasional minor bruise. However, these reactions are short-lived.
How Many Sessions?
The frequency and number of sessions depends on you individual condition. At your initial consultation Jess will talk through a treatment plan with you,giving you an idea of how many sessions you may need. She may well ask to see you weekly at first.