This is a great video explaining what I see all the time in my clinic. Acupuncture has a cumulative effect, and is a journey which needs commitment. Its a great feeling for both client and practitioner when we start to see the results and health is restored.
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This is a common question in the clinic and one I’m asked by almost every client. The truth is I don’t know! And to be honest it annoys me when I hear that other practitioners such as physio’s or osteopaths expect people to sign up to long treatment plans when they have only just assessed them!
I don’t know how quickly or not you are going to heal, and neither do you until you have received treatment, so it would be totally unrealistic of me to say you need 3 or 10 treatments!
Acupuncture has an accumulative effect, it does not work miracles in one treatment (though I have seen this!). Keep in mind how long you have had the condition and how severe it is, a chronic back problem which has been present for many years, for example, will need more treatment than say someone who is suffering with an acute injury which happened this week!
My general advice is to have a min of 3 treatments, then after those we can assess where you are, this will then help us determine a plan whereby you can achieve a level of improvement which you are happy with. It is important when you do achieve your particular level (this could be 100% or perhaps you are happy with 80%) that we then determine whether you require a maintenance plan. If your condition is going to be constantly aggravated by your job or hobby then it would be sensible to plan a monthly or bi-monthly session otherwise your condition could worsen again. If however your condition or illness was a one off and is not likely to return then this would not be necessary.
Obviously all conditions are different and some people will gain a 50 to 60% improvement after just 1 treatment and others will need 5 or 6 before this happens. Acupuncture is a powerful therapy which works with your body to help it heal itself, we therefore need to give your body the chance it deserves to get this process in motion.
Yin & Yang are not actual things in the physical sense, the terms are used to describe the personality or characteristic of something. They are used to illustrate opposite and sometimes opposing forces. They also signify balance, as you cannot have one without the other.
Here are some examples that may make is easier to understand;
Yin: Moon, Female, Water, Passive, Shade
Yang: Sun, Male, Fire, Aggressive, Sunlight
This concept can then be expanded further by adding that they are interdependent, that is they cannot exist without each other. We cannot have night without day, so as night becomes day, there is Yin within Yang!
In Traditional Chinese Medicine we use Yin and Yang as a way of describing energy, emotions and functions which make our bodies and minds tick. Keeping a balance of Yin & Yang within our energy systems is the key to health.
There are four conditions of imbalance;
Excess of Yin
Excess of Yang
Deficiency of Yin
Deficiency of Yang
A good example is something we see quite often, Kidney Yin Deficiency, the symptoms of this condition can be dizziness, vertigo, weak lower back, weak knee joints, dry skin and night sweats etc. So in this case we use acupuncture to address this imbalance by replenishing the deficient Yin energy.
Really difficult to choose just 5, but I gave it a go! Some I luv cos I like to needle them, some because of the amazing actions they have and the results I get.
1. First up is Large Intestine 4 (on the hand)
This is one of the most powerful points on the body and probably the most commonly used. Great for any pain or discomfort of the head, inc. ear, nose and throat problems.
It can also be paired with other points to have an even more powerful effect, this is the one we use (along with SP6) to bring on labour when the baby is overdue!
Used with LIV3 it improves the circulation of Qi and Blood, so used for many conditions where stagnation and pain are involved. Its a great relaxation point too.
2. Spleen 6 (on the lower leg)
The Chinese name for this point SanYinJiao, is translated as Three Yin Crossing, this is because at this point 3 of the major Yin channels in the body cross over each other. Yin channels are important for maintaining many of the key functions in our bodies.
This therefore makes SP6 a very powerful and useful point when we are treating someone who needs strengthening.
It can be used for many menstrual conditions, insomnia, dizziness, tinnitus and other Yin deficiency related conditions. The Spleen channel is paired with the Stomach channel so we also use this point for digestive and absorption related conditions. The Spleen rules the Muscles so we use as a support point when treating many muscular skeletal problems. An all round top point!
3. Liver 3 (on top of the foot)
This powerful point helps calm the Liver, clear heat, reduce inflammation and importantly gets things moving, its Chinese name is translated as Great Rushing.
Used with LI4, on both hands and feet, these points together are known as the Four Gates. They are used to move Qi and Blood when there is stagnation, pain or injury. Its uses are basically endless!!
4. Bladder 23 (on the Lower Back)
This point is the most important point when treating lower back pain, though strictly speaking its 4 points as it works best as part of a formula, with BL24, BL52 and GV4. What we find is that many people with lower back pain have what we call, Kidney Yin Deficiency. By using this formula we can strengthen this system and this has amazing effect on back pain, with most people finding significant relief after only a few treatments.
5. YinTang (between the eyebrows)
Last but certainly not least is YinTang. This point is actually what is called an extra point, that is its not classed as being part of the 12 main meridians on the body, though uniquely amongst extra points it does actually lie on a the Governing Vessel meridian!!
Perhaps I should have mentioned this one first, as I often needle this first during a treatment, as it has a significant calming effect. It’s great to use for any stress or anxiety related conditions. It’s great for what’s known as ‘monkey mind’ when you just can’t stop those chattering monkeys in your head!
Call me on 07794 844196 to see if any of these points can help you
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