Acupuncture works to help maintain the body’s equilibrium. It involves insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body to regulate the flow of Qi, your body’s vital energy.
Acupuncture began with the discovery that the stimulation of certain areas of the skin affected the functioning of specific organs. It evolved into part of the system of healing we now know as Chinese Medicine as the connection between the skin and the organs was better understood and more sensitive ways of stimulation were devised.
Chinese medicine is a body of knowledge and techniques built up over thousands of years through clinical observation. It comprises of different models or ways of looking at illness within the context of a person. Each practitioner will commonly use several of these models when diagnosing the patient, choosing the most appropriate treatment.
The first records of acupuncture treatment date back to over 2,500 years ago and
today, worldwide, there are over 3 million practitioners.
What is acupuncture?
Some people turn to acupuncture for help with a specific symptom or condition. Others choose to have treatment to help maintain good health, as a preventative measure, or simply to improve their general sense of well being. Because acupuncture aims to treat the whole person rather than specific symptoms in isolation, it can be effective for a range of conditions. Remember that acupuncturists treat the person, not just the condition which they have, so each patient’s treatment plan will be different. However you can always ask your practitioner about other patient’s experiences, to give you an idea of what to expect. Many people return to acupuncture again and again because they find it so beneficial and relaxing.
What to expect?
Your initial visit will last for 60 minutes and will include a treatment. Harry will gather information on your symptoms and your treatment to date: your medical and family history; your systems or functions (e.g. sleep, appetite, digestion etc.); your physical condition, (e.g. distribution of body heat and the condition of your skin), take your pulse and look at your tongue. Subsequent visits take 45 minutes.
Treatment is the process of re-establishing the energy balance, stimulating or reducing the flow of energy in a specific pathway.
Acupuncture is drug-free so you avoid side effects or dependency.
Does it hurt?
Most people are surprised to learn that acupuncture needles are very thin. As many as fifteen acupuncture needles can fit into one conventional hypodermic needle.
Acupuncturists attain a high level of skill in gently placing these tiny needles into the skin with a minimum of discomfort.
Acupuncture is not a miracle cure, but a gentle and effective therapy which, for best results, requires a course of treatment.
Generally you will come weekly to begin with and then, as you improve, you will come less frequently. The speed of improvement varies more according to the individual than the label of the complaint.
Harry Sweetman has clinics in Haywards Heath on Monday mornings and Thursday afternoons into early evening.
Christine MacFie has a clinic in Haywards Heath on Tuesday afternoons and early evenings and at The Triangle Burgess Hill Mondays 10.00 - 14.00, Wednesdays 14.00 - 19.00, Thursdays 15.00 - 19.00 & Fridays 15.00 - 19.30.
If you wish to talk to either of our acupuncturists, Christine or Harry prior to booking an appointment at our Haywards Heath or Burgess Hill locations please ring the centre or contact them directly:
Harry Sweetman - Mobile 07779 129966, email at firstname.lastname@example.org website http://www.sweetneedleman.co.uk
Christine MacFie - Mobile 07590 368128, email at email@example.com website http://www.acupuncture-therapy.com