Your first session may be longerthan other sessions.
I need to assess your general state of health, in order to identify the underlying pattern of
disharmony and give you the most effective treatment.
You will be asked about your current symptoms and what treatment you have received so far, your medical history and that of your close family, your diet, digestive system, sleeping patterns and emotional state. To discover how the energies are flowing in your body, I am likely to feel your pulses on both wrists, noting their quality, rhythm and strength.
The structure, colour and coating of your tongue also gives a good guide to your physical health. Once enough information has been gathered to determine the likely causes of your problems, I then can select the most appropriate treatment.
The aim is to discover which energy channels need adjusting for your specific complaint to improve, and which require treatment to boost your overall energy and vitality.
Loose, comfortable clothing should be worn, and you should be aware that I may need to access points on your stomach and back as well as on arms and legs.
There are around 500 such acupuncture points on the body, and I will probably use a selection of perhaps eight or ten of these for each treatment. I may supplement the needle treatment with moxa, a smouldering herb which is used to warm acupuncture points to encourage the body’s energy to flow smoothly.
I can also use ear acupuncture with magnets and seeds. As well as electro-acupuncture.