Traditional acupuncture forms a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine where the basis of diagnosis and treatment is that the mind and body needs to be in harmony and balance.
This ancient system of healing has developed over 2,500 years originating in China and other far Eastern cultures. Recent discoveries show Europeans have used a form of Acupuncture for many years too.
Acupuncture is a gentle and effective treatment that focuses on helping the whole person, aiming to improve their entire health and wellbeing and today is widely used and accepted all over the world.
What happens during a consultation?
Your acupuncturist will do a full diagnostic consultation asking questions about your medical history including your health and wellbeing.
Your acupuncturist will also look at your tongue and feel your pulses on both wrists.
This comprehensive diagnostic consultation allows the practitioner to create a bespoke treatment plan including lifestyle and dietary advice as well as acupuncture.
During a treatment fine needles (the width of a human hair) are placed along meridians of the body, stimulating the body’s own healing response. These needles are left in for around 15 – 30 mins as you relax.
Even when the needles are taken out they carry on working and so ideally a relaxing rest of the day should be planned!
How many sessions will I need?
The number of sessions required depends entirely on the individual patient. At first you will be seen every week or two weeks and then depending on how you feel will go to once a month. Acupuncture has a cumulative effect on the body.
If you are having problems affording Acupuncture treatments please take a look at The Abergavenny Affordable Acupuncture project.
As well as general practice, our Acupuncturist, Maxine Smillie, specializes in working with couples that are experiencing fertility issues. Maxine is a Zita West Affiliated Fertility Acupuncturist. Find out more about how Maxine can help and for more information on our blog.
Here’s what one of Maxine’s Fertility Clients had to Say…
“I am currently going through IVF and was recommended to use Maxine by a friend of mine who had used Maxine when going through IVF herself.
I suffer from endometriosis and have one ovary having had one removed due to a large infected cyst.
During my first appointment, I explained to Maxine about my fear of needles. When going for blood tests having injections etc I would feel faint, tense up, break down and get myself into a state. After a couple of sessions, Maxine made me feel totally relaxed and helped me get through my fear of needles.
Without Maxine, I honestly don’t know how I would have been able to get through injecting myself each night during IVF. I no longer have that fear and in fact can’t wait for them to be inserted!
It has also helped reduce a cyst that I had on my only ovary and helped me feel de-stressed throughout the whole cycle.
Maxine is an amazing lady who instantly makes you feel positive during what is such a difficult time emotionally. Her support and knowledge is outstanding and I will always be ever so grateful to her for this.”