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Why use Acupuncture? 

  • Simple, cost-effective and without adverse side effects. 
  • It enhances natural healing.
  • Works well in conjunction with Western medicine. 
  • May provide relief for conditions not responsive to conventional therapies. 
  • Can reduce feelings of stress and produces a sense of calm. 

 How does Acupuncture work?


According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, health is based on the balance or flow of energy or Qi (pronounced chee) in the body. This energy runs through the body along invisible lines called meridians. There are twelve main channels of Qi in the body, each connected to an internal organ. When healthy, the body's energy or Qi flows smoothly. When the energy is blocked or disrupted, illness, fatigue, and even disease can result. Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine hair-like pre-sterilised disposable needles at specific points along these meridians, thus stimulating the release of energy and the body's own healing ability. By releasing blocked energy, acupuncture effectively relieves pain, restores energy and improves individual health and wellbeing 

What happens at my first consultation?


Acupuncture offers health care that is centred on you as an individual. During the initial visit, information is taken about your medical and physical history, life situation etc. This is a time for your concerns to be heard and understood. Acupuncture does not separate the mind and body, and looks at everything about a person, including lifestyle and stresses as well as symptoms. This allows me to develop a treatment plan for your specific needs. During a treatment, the practitioner inserts the needles and then lets you relax for 20 minutes. Most people find the treatment very relaxing.

How long do I have to have treatment for?


The speed and rate of individual recovery depends on the length of time the individual has the injury or illness, its severity, and the individual’s constitutional strength. However, experience does indicate that chronic and acute problems benefit greatly from acupuncture. Some patients feel better after the first treatment. Sometimes it may take several treatments before an improvement is noticed. Further advice on this will be given during your initial consultation. 


Will Acupuncture hurt?


Acupuncture needles are metallic, solid and hair-thin, unlike injection needles. People experience acupuncture differently, but most feel no or minimal pains as the needles are inserted. Once the needle has been inserted, the therapist will then obtain the acupuncture sensation, which can be varied and any of the following: numbness, tingling, heaviness, radiating sensation. 

Is Acupuncture approved by Health insurance or Tax relief?


Currently VHI, Quinn, Hibernian, HSF cover acupuncture by registered AFPA therapists. I do however recommend that you check with your insurance company prior to starting treatment to confirm that your individual policy covers it. Patients can also claim tax relief on a Med 1 form.


What about food?

According to TCM, foods have qualities that can be used therapeutically to balance internal Yin and Yang and have been promoted as the basis for maintaining health. From a Chinese perspective, it’s best not to focus on a lack of nutrients, but rather on the types of food we consume too much or too little of, and which will impair or disturb the balance within our bodies. Food, with its therapeutic attributes, is also medicine, and an unbalanced diet can be the origin of disease. 

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