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What is Acupuncture?

The origin of acupuncture is shrouded in antiquity. This ancient medicine originated in the cold north west of China, where herbs and other medical remedies were scarce. From there it spread throughout China and to other parts of the world through travelling physicians, scholars and pilgrims. The oldest book on Chinese Medicine ‘Neiching – The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine’ dates back to 2700BC, although the book suggests that acupuncture was widely practised even before this.

Acupuncture is a complete system of medicine, therefore like other systems of medicine it has a treatment for almost every disease and like each of these systems, it is extremely effective in treating some of these diseases and not so effective in others.

Acupuncture is a medical treatment used to encourage the body to promote natural healing and improve functioning. This treatment is carried out by inserting needles, applying heat and electrical stimulation at very specific acupuncture points.

How does it work?

Classical explanation
The classical Chinese explanation of acupuncture is that channels of energy run in regular patterns through the body and over its surface. These meridans (energy channels) are like rivers flowing through the body to irrigate and nourish the tissues/organs. An obstruction in the movement of these energy rivers is like a dam that backs up into others

By needling the specific acupuncture points we can unblock the obstructions at the dam and re-establish the regular flow of the channels. Acupuncture treatments can therefore help the body’s internal organs to correct imbalances in their digestion, absorption and energy production activities

Modern scientific explanation
The modern scientific explanation is that by needling specific acupuncture points, the acupuncture needles stimulate the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscle, tissue, spinal cord and brain

These chemicals will either change the experience of pain or they will trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones which influence the body’s own self regulating system

The acupuncture needles also serve to relax the nervous system, producing endorphins and limiting the release of the natural stress hormone cortisol into your blood stream

The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by the acupuncture help to stimulate the body’s natural healing abilities and promote physical and mental well-being

Is Acupuncture safe?

Acupuncture is one of the safest medical treatments available. Adverse reactions are extremely rare. All needles come in sterile packs and are single-use only.

What are the side effects?

There are very few if any side effects of Acupuncture when practiced by a fully trained acupuncturist. Minor effects may include dizziness and bruising around the needle site. All are mild and self-correcting. Some people may feel drowsy or tired (especially after first visit) so please take this into account and do not plan a strenuous day after your treatment. Allow time to relax after.

Where do the needles go?

The acupuncture needles can be placed in numerous places around your body. Your practitioner will tell you the general area that will be used in treatment and if articles of clothing need to be removed. If needed, a gown, towel or sheet will be provided to preserve your modesty.

Does it hurt?

Acupuncture needles are very thin and thus cause very little discomfort (if any) on insertion. Individuals describe the sensation as dull, slightly achey or tingly.

How many sessions do I need?

This very much depends on your individual health issue. Your practitioner may need to see you once or twice a week for so many weeks and then the treatments can be spaced out as you improve. A common treatment plan would involve six to twelve treatments spread out over a few months. Once your condition has stabilized you may come back every few months for ‘top up’ treatments. Acupuncture is very beneficial when used as a preventative medicine in this way.  Many acute issues however can be dealt with in one to two sessions.

Should I tell my doctor that I am having Acupuncture?

If you are currently attending a doctor for treatment, it is recommended that you advise them that you are receiving acupuncture.

Should I stop taking my prescription medication?

No. Although acupuncture may be able to help you reduce or stop medication, you should ALWAYS consult your doctor before making any changes to your prescription. NEVER stop taking medication without professional advice

Can I claim Acupuncture on my private medical insurance?

Many insurance providers now allow you to claim Acupuncture on your private insurance. Before starting treatment, consult your insurance provider to see what your individual policy covers.

How much will it cost?

First consultation – €120
Follow-up – €80
Package discounts are available. Please contact the clinic for further information.