Traditional acupuncture is a healthcare system based on ancient principles which go back nearly two thousand years. It has a very positive model of good health and function, and looks at pain and illness as signs that the body is out of balance. The overall aim of acupuncture treatment, then, is to restore the body’s equilibrium. What makes this system so uniquely suited to modern life is that physical, emotional and mental are seen as interdependent, and reflect what many people perceive as the connection between the different aspects their lives.
Based on traditional belief, acupuncturists are trained to use subtle diagnostic techniques that have been developed and refined for centuries. The focus is on the individual and all the symptoms are seen in relation to each other. Each patient is unique; two people with the same western diagnosis may well receive different acupuncture treatments.
Traditional acupuncturists believe that the underlying principle of treatment is that illness and pain occur when the body’s qi, or vital energy, cannot flow freely. There can be many reasons for this; emotional and physical stress, poor nutrition, infection or injury are among the most common. By inserting ultra-fine sterile needles into specific acupuncture points, a traditional acupuncturist seeks to re-establish the free flow of qi to restore balance and trigger the body’s natural healing response.
There are many different styles of acupuncture which share a common root but are distinct and different in their emphasis. Here at Swallow’s Tail we combine classic acupuncture with Dr Richard Teh-Fu Tan’s balancing method and Yin Style Bagua tradition needling skills.
Your first session (60 min) will include a consultation, which will help to identify patterns of disharmony and devise a treatment plan. You will be given a lifestyle and dietary advice in order to speed up your recovery.
Acupuncture is a cumulative therapy; an individual session can be very beneficial but for help with specific problems, or as a preventative treatment, regular sessions are recommended.
It is important to eat something at least 1 hour before your acupuncture session to avoid adverse reactions, such as exhaustion or fainting. Please bring with you any medical tests or scan results as well as a list of medication you are taking.
Depending on your Chinese Medicine diagnosis your treatment may include tuina (massage), cupping and moxibustion. Please wear loose and comfortable clothing.