Nick Williamson Acupuncture

What is acupuncture?

Traditional acupuncture is part of the medical system that began in ancient China. It has undergone continual development to this day.

Rather than treating problems in isolation, acupuncture aims to address the whole person. In health, the body’s organs, the mind and the emotions are in balance and a vital energy, “Qi” (pronounced “chee”) flows freely along channels, or meridians, beneath the skin.

In Chinese medical thinking, illness results from an imbalance in a person’s body or emotional state and is associated with the flow of Qi being restricted. The flow of Qi can be disturbed by a number of factors including stress, anxiety, excessive exercise or excessive rest, a diet which does not meet an individual's needs, trauma, hereditary factors and even the effects of the weather.

The insertion of fine needles into specific points along energy channels under the skin promotes the flow of Qi and the body’s natural healing response. Traditional Chinese acupuncture regards each person as an individual with a unique pattern of symptoms, and I believe this is what makes the treatment so effective: each treatment is unique to that person.

FAQ. Pulses

What will happen on my first visit?

Your first consultation will take longer than subsequent sessions, lasting for up to 1 1/2 hours. The reason for this is to build a clear picture of your unique pattern of symptoms and underlying constitution.

You will be asked about your current symptoms and previous treatments, your medical history and that of your close family. Questions regarding your digestive system, your sleep, your diet, lifestyle and your emotional state will all help to build this detailed picture.

Traditional Acupuncture also uses the pulses found on both wrists to contribute information to the diagnosis. The structure, coating and colour of your tongue also gives a good guide to your state of health. All of this information will be gathered to determine the cause of your symptoms, individual to you, so that the most appropriate treatment can be selected.

There will be time towards the end of this detailed diagnostic consultation for your first treatment.

Subsequent treatments usually take about 45 minutes.

How often will I need treatment?

Most patients begin treatment on a weekly basis. As treatment progresses, the interval between treatment lengthens to fortnightly and then every month or two or three if on-going treatment is required.

I have some patients who I see very infrequently for a "top-up" treatment as they feel the need. Others, those with hay-fever for example, come seasonally to keep symptoms in check.

Is it safe?

As a member of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC), I am bound to observe a Code of Practice which lays down stringent procedures regarding standards of hygiene and sterilisation for needles and other equipment. All procedures have been approved by the Department of Health and provide protection against the transmission of infectious diseases. All of the needles used are disposable.

FAQ. Yintang

What does it feel like?

Acupuncture needles bear little resemblance to those used for giving injections or for taking blood. The needles are very fine and the sensation of having acupuncture is more like a tingling or a dull ache.

During treatment, many people experience a pleasant feeling of relaxation.

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