Frequently Asked Questions
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medical system. It works via a system of channels throughout the body carrying energy to vital organs, muscles, and tissues, similar to a network of blood vessels. Where there is pain and illness in the body a blockage or depletion of energy in the channels has occurred. By stimulating acupuncture points on these channels and directing energy to the appropriate vital organs, muscles, or tissues the body is able restores itself, eliminate disease and maintains health.
Is Acupuncture effective?
Yes. Acupuncture has a long history (3500 years) of being very effective for a large number of conditions, which you can find more about in extensive detail on the World Health Organisation website (http://www.who.int/en/).
Does Acupuncture Hurt?
Acupuncture needles bear little resemblance to the syringes commonly used at a Dr's surgery. Acupuncture needles are extremely small and fine about the same thinness as your hair strand. I find when clients concentrate on their rhythmic breathing they don’t even notice when the needles are in. You should feel a comfortable and pleasant sensation of warmth or tingling around the acupuncture points which many people find deeply relaxing, this sensation indicates the body’s energy is shifting and restoring to health (and most people drift off to a much well deserved sleep). You will feel more energetic and calmer after a treatment.
Is Acupuncture Safe?
Yes, only single use presterilised needles are used, unlike many drugs it is non-toxic and it has minimal or rare side effects, if performed by a well-trained practitioner. In Malta, practitioners must be approved by the Council for Professions Complementary to Medicine Acupuncture Register.
Is there anything I should or shouldn't do before or after acupuncture?
Preceding a treatment it is advisable to not come on a ravenous empty stomach or conversely on an over full stomach. Please also avoid eating or drinking anything that will alter your tongue colour coat (i.e please have coffee after the treatment or bring it with you to the consult and sip after I’ve seen the true tongue coat colour), and please avoid when teeth brushing to not scrap off your tongue coat before a treatment, as tongue diagnosis is an essential method of Chinese Medicine.
In addition, since acupuncture works on an energetic level it is advisable to not take any stimulants, drugs, or do heavy exercise preceding or immediately after a treatment so your body can adjust appropriately to the changes occurring.