Acupuncture: Private or Multibed
What Is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture involves using extremely fine needles at specific points on the body to restore balance and well being.
Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture has a long history of over 2,000 years. Whilst based on fundamental principles, it’s fluidity means that it is constantly being adapted in the West and increasingly recognised as having a role in health care provision. Practitioners regulated by the British Acupuncture Council adhere to strict codes of practice, ensuring a safe treatment. All needles are sterile, disposable and used only once.
Acupuncture has a system of diagnosis based on identifying imbalance and aims to address the root cause as well as the symptoms you present with. In this way the benefits you experience can be longer lasting.
In Western terms Acupuncture is thought to work through the following:
1. The Stimulation of Nerve Fibres
2. The Release of Neurotransmitters and Hormones, including pain relieving Endorphins
3. Influencing electrical charge within the body
Does Acupuncture Hurt?
Some people don't feel the needles at all; others feel some slight sensations typically described in a range of ways such as as a heavy feeling, a dull ache, feelings of warmth, slight tingling or pressure. People generally find acupuncture enjoyable and deeply relaxing - including those who experience these sensations. People who were initially hesitant about having acupuncture commonly say they are pleasantly surprised by the experience.
Who has Acupuncture?
Many people come to acupuncture for help with specific symptoms, such as nausea and vomiting, or to relieve specific pains like osteoarthritis of the knee. Some use acupuncture because they feel generally unwell but have no obvious diagnosis. Others choose acupuncture simply to enhance their feeling of wellbeing. Acupuncture can be used effectively alongside conventional medicine.
In 2009 the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence recommended that acupuncture should be made available on the NHS, as a cost-effective short-term treatment for the management of early, persistent non-specific lower back pain.
You can get more information on current scientific research into the effectiveness of acupuncture by visiting the British Acupuncture Council website click here.
What Happens During A Session?
Your first consultation will involve an assessment of your health to enable a full diagnosis and treatment best suited to your needs. You will be asked about your current symptoms and your medical history. It will be useful to bring along a list of any current medication.
Information will be gathered by taking your pulse and looking at your tongue. Both of these can offer important diagnostic information, though this can seem unusual if it is your first consultation.
The session may include the use of Moxibustion, Electro-Acupuncture and Cupping.
Moxa comes from the Mugwort plant. It is a gentle heat treatment that is very pleasant to receive.
Cupping involves creating a suction with cups over a certain area and is very useful for alleviating pain caused by tight muscles. Cups can also be used over specific points depending on your diagnosis.
The session lasts up to an hour
How Often Will I Need To Come?
The number of sessions depends on your individual health requirements. For acupuncture often a series of sessions, around 6-8 would be recommended. Occasionally one or two treatments are enough. However, more chronic conditions may require longer term treatments.
Multibed or Lower Cost Acupuncture
What is a Multi Bed Setting?
A multibed setting is one where treatment takes place in a larger room with up to 2 or 3 other people. Screens are provided for privacy and great care is taken to ensure your privacy is protected.
You can expect to receive the same quality of treatment as in a private setting. By sharing the space with others the session is provided at a reduced cost to yourself.
The Multi-bed model is successfully used in other parts of the country; the first was The Gateway Clinic established in 1990, in Lambeth Hospital and is funded by the NHS. It is the same way of practicing acupuncture as on wards in modern day China.
A Multi bed clinic also means you can have acupuncture at the same time as your partner, family member or friend and enjoy the session together!
4 Good Health's Acupuncturist co-founded Sheffield's first multibed clinic in 2008. More recently a second Acupuncturist, Sam Parsons, of Stability Acupunctureclick here, will also provide Acupuncture in our Multibed on a Wednesday.