What To Expect
Your first consultation will be 60 - 90 minutes long, consisting of a detailed review of your health and an acupuncture treatment.
Samantha will listen to your health issues and ask a wide range of questions about your current complaint and your health history. This information is completely confidential and will be used to formulate an individual treatment plan to benefit you most. Traditional Chinese Medicine views the body holistically, so symptoms that may seem unrelated often fit together into a coherent picture.
In all treatment sessions, including the initial consultation, Samantha will feel the pulses on your wrists and look at your tongue. These are traditional Chinese tools for diagnosis and together with the information you offer, will reveal more about the state of your health.
Subsequent treatments are shorter, typically lasting 45 - 60 minutes. These sessions begin with a review of how your symptoms have changed since your last visit, followed by the acupuncture treatment.
During your acupuncture treatment, fine needles will be inserted to stimulate the body’s own healing response and help restore its natural balance.
There are over 300 acupuncture points on the body, each with its own particular function.
During your treatment around 6-15 points may be chosen, most frequently on the lower arms and legs but also for example on the back or front. Using fine needles and a bespoke treatment plan, balance can be restored to promote healing.
Depending on your condition, your acupuncture treatment may also include other aspects of Chinese Medicine such as cupping, moxibustion and gua sha.
This relaxing treatment helps to draw out tension which can cause aches and pains. Similar to massage this technique works on a deep level and leaves the patient feeling looser and more relaxed.
Cupping can leave temporary marks on the skin, which Samantha will explain before the cupping therapy begins.
The herb artemesia vulgaris is burnt over acupuncture points in order to warm the skin, muscle and channel.
Moxa can be be applied directly to the skin, secured onto acupuncture needles or burnt over the skin in the form of a cigar like stick.
This treatment is good for deep tissue injuries, particularly deep bruising and for clearing the toxins in muscle tissue resulting from physical exercise. As with cupping, gua sha treatments can often leave temporary marks on the skin.