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Treatment Prices
Initial consultation
£40
Follow up
£40
Time (approx)
45 mins
Health Centre Therapist
Dip Ac (UK), Cert AC (China), BRCP, OMD

Availablle: Thursdays

What does Acupunture involve? 

Very basically, acupuncture is the insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the surface of the body. It can be used in conjunction with electrical stimulation, or heat (produced by burning herbs, primarily mugwort, over the body or stuck on the ends of the needles) in order to influence the physiological functioning of the body.


Rupert offers a free trial during which the patient's condition is carefully considered and a diagnosis is made. The likelihood of success, the type of treatment and probable length of treatment required is then ascertained. Any questions the patient may have are answered and a sample treatment is given. This process can take up to one and a half hours. The patient then decides whether they wish to continue with more treatments or not. In each subsequent visit more questions are asked to monitor progress and to adapt the point prescription accordingly. Up to twelve needles are used in each treatment (often less, hardly ever more) and these remain in place from fifteen to thirty minutes. Different methods, such as cupping, or moxa (heating) are occasionally required. These methods are fully described to the patient and only used with their permission.

Brief History

The earliest record of Acupuncture comes from the writings of Shen Nung in the Huang Di Nei Jing (Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine) written around 4700 years ago. This is reckoned to be the oldest medical textbook in the world and it is said to be taken from even earlier theories. As a point of interest, Shen Nung wrote about the heart, circulation and pulses over 4000 years before any concept about them was held in Europe.

According to Shen Nung through the whole body runs a vital energy force, known as qi (pronounced chee). The qi, which, is made up of Yin and Yang and is present throughout nature, forms the basis of all life's aspects, spiritual, mental and emotional, and physical. The qi flows around the body through "meridians" (or channels). There are fourteen main channels running vertically up and down the surface of the body. Of these, twelve are paired and relate to six different organs and occupy opposite sides of the body while two more flow up the front and back midline. If the flow of qi within the channels becomes insufficient, excessive, unbalanced, or interrupted the balance of Yin and Yang is upset.

Does it hurt?

The insertion of the needle is painless. On connecting with the qi, however, the patient may experience one of the following sensations:

  • A heaviness
  • A dull ache
  • A burning sensation
  • A tingling sensation
  • A distending sensation around the needle, this is very temporary and is followed by a sense of relaxation.

Is it safe?

Only disposable needles are used. All needles are pre-sterilized by the manufacturers and are sold in individually sealed packets. They are disposed of after a single use.

Ethics

The British Registry of Complementary Practitioners requires that all its members follow a code of practice with strict ethical standards.