How does it feel?

Not like you imagine!  The needles are as fine as the hair on your head and are tapped through a plastic tube for painless insertion. When the actual acupuncture point is reached inside the body you will feel a dull ache or cramping sensation. Unique to Five-Element Acupuncture, the needle is then instantly removed.  It’s a Japanese needling technique.

How does it work?

Fine needles are gently inserted just below the surface of the skin along a pathway of energy, called meridians. The action of the needle clears or increases the flow of energy in these channels, which stimulates and balances the person at a deep level creating health and well-being.

From a scientific point of view, Acupuncture is believed to stimulate the nervous system, influencing the production of hormones and neurotransmitters.  This activates the body’s homeostatic mechanisms, allowing it to self-regulate and stimulate self-healing, promoting physical and emotional well-being.

How long will it take to see the results?

Most people notice a change immediately – feeling uplifted and/or increased energy level.  This is an indication that the treatment is working.  Progress varies from person to person and your rate of recovery will become obvious anywhere from two to six sessions.

Does it work for everyone?

Most people gain the results they are looking for. Sometimes life circumstances may have an impact on the treatment or it might not be the treatment your body needs at this point. If so, this will be discussed during the sessions. If I find another therapy would be beneficial in addition or would get you better results this will be discussed in your treatment.

What will happen at my first visit?

The first consultation involves taking the details of your current problem and a picture of your overall health. Your pulse will be taken at several positions at each wrist but it is not about pulse rate. This will confirm where to place the needle as well as responses to each point.

How many treatments will I need?

This will vary depending on your condition, overall health and individual responses to Acupuncture. If the energy in the channels is stuck, the release of this can give you instant relief of your symptoms. For others it is a case of each treatment building on the last until progress has been maintained. Lifestyle recommendations or further tests may be recommended if they are seen as necessary for you to progress.

Are the needles sterile?

Yes. All needles are stainless steel and disposable. Several needles will be used within the same treatment and then safely disguarded.