What is acupuncture like?
Acupuncture is not painful. The needles used are extremely fine (only slightly thicker than a strand of hair). Some people experience a heavy or tingling sensation in the area the needles are inserted during the treatment. Others may not feel anything. The treatment usually makes people feel very relaxed and they may even fall asleep.
The needles are individually wrapped, pre-sterilised and single use. Side-effects are extremely uncommon after acupuncture treatment, they tend to be mild and self-correcting.
Is there anything special I need to do before or after treatment?
During the first consultation Salena will ask about your current symptoms and take a full medical history. If you are taking medications it may be useful to bring a list of these with you.
Salena will make a diagnosis and treatment plan by forming an entire picture, not only based upon symptoms but by making pulse, tongue and body diagnosis.
It can be helpful to wear loose comfortable clothing for acupuncture. If possible, take things easy for a couple of hours after the treatment.
How many treatments will I need?
A positive response to acupuncture treatment is generally seen within about four treatments. There is no hard and fast rule to how many treatments will be needed, this will depend upon the nature of the condition and the individual patient. Acute problems may respond quickly and need fewer treatments. Chronic disorders which have taken longer to develop may require a longer course of treatment.
I am feeling well - can I still have acupuncture?
Yes, acupuncture is often used as a preventative medicine by promoting balance in body and mind. People may have 2 - 4 acupuncture treatments per year, often at the change of seasons, to maintain good health.