An alternative medicine that treats patients by inserting needles into pressure points all over the body and head. It is claimed that it can relive pain, treat infertility, treat and prevent disease and promote general health.
The underlying principle is that illness and pain occur when the body's Qi, or vital energy, cannot flow freely, either due to emotional and physical stress, poor nutrition, infection or injury, and the acupuncturist seeks to re-establish the free flow of Qi to restore balance and trigger the body's natural healing response.
Cosmetic acupuncture (also known as facial enhancement, facial revitalisation or facial rejuvenation acupuncture) is designed to improve skin elasticity and revitalise the skin.
Acupuncture: Am I suitable?
It can be carried out safely on adults and children. If you are already receiving treatment for a condition it might be necessary to complete that treatment before beginning acupuncture but it is very rare for any form of treatment to be incompatible with acupuncture.
Acupuncture: What do I have to do to prepare?
There is no preparation necessary for this treatment.
Acupuncture: What’s the treatment like?
Ultra fine sterile needles are placed at various points in the body and head; the number and location will depend on the treatment strategy. The practitioner will manipulate the needles as he inserts them and they may be left in for some minutes or removed almost immediately.
It isn’t painful and blood isn’t drawn as the needles are so fine. When the Qi is stimulated there is a distinctive sensation that is described as a dull ache or tingling.
Acupuncture: What about after?
There may be a small amount of redness at the site that the needle was inserted but that will soon disappear.
Acupuncture: Are there any risks or side effects?
There are limited risks or side effects to this treatment.
Acupuncture: What will it cost me?
Acupuncture can cost anything from £50 to £100 per session and a number of sessions are advised to see any benefits.