Acupuncture Therapy in London
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Acupuncture Therapy in London
Acupuncture uses very fine (and painless) needles to bring balance back to the body and renew its flow of energy or “Qi”. According to ancient Chinese philosophy, the qi of the body is integral to your health and wellbeing. When your qi flows fluidly around the body, you have optimum physical, mental and spiritual health. But when the qi becomes blocked, depleted, or over-stimulated — you encounter a whole host of nasty side effects.
Acupuncture taps into your body’s energy flow — literally — with the help of fine needles inserted into the skin across key points in the energy flow. Known as meridian channels, These energy channels are known as meridian channels and are like a network of interconnected rivers, forming a network throughout the body. By stimulating the nerves in your skin and muscles, acupuncture helps to make sure these “rivers” flow freely without becoming blocked or stagnant.
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What Are the Benefits of Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is thought to help with a wide range of physical, emotional and spiritual illnesses, aches and pains. For the past 5,000 years, it has been heralded a holistic way of improving your overall happiness, health, and wellbeing.
If you suffer from migraines or tension-type headaches, acupuncture could be the answer. By inserting needles around the face, neck and scalp, research shows that acupuncture not only eases and soothes the pain — but also reduces the frequency of the issue. Acupuncture can also help with neck pain, back pain, shoulder pain, muscular pain — basically every crick or cramp you experience in your body. It does this by helping your body to produce more of its self-healing and natural painkillers — serotonin and endorphins. These natural chemicals run along the pain pathways in your brain and spine to change the way pain signals are received and acted on — think of them as your body’s self-healing heroes!
Other studies reveal acupuncture can also help to reduce the symptoms of anxiety, neurosis and depression. In fact, when people on anxiety prescriptions added acupuncture to their treatment, they were able to reduce the dose of the medicine drastically — acupuncture is that effective!
Acupuncture is safe, non-invasive, and has no real negative side-effects so is a great choice for anyone looking to improve their health and reconnect with their inner “qi”.
What to Expect from an Acupuncture Session?
Even the most enthusiastic holistic health lovers out there can get intimidated by the thought of becoming a human pin-cushion for an afternoon. But acupuncture looks far scarier than it is. It is a safe, non-invasive and pain-free therapy proven to help boost your health and happiness. If you’re anxious about heading to your first session, here’s what to expect.
To begin with, your therapist will talk with you to establish your medical history, emotional issues, and undertake a short physical examination. This examination gives the therapist an invaluable opportunity to get to know you and your particular needs a little better, so they can tailor-make your acupuncture session to cater to you specifically.
From there, the acupuncture session will begin. The therapist will use fine needles, a few centimetres long and insert them along your lower arms and legs — and anywhere else they identify an energy blockage. The needles are all single-use and pre-sterilised and your therapist will dispose of them after your session. So you can rest assured your safety is always paramount.
As the needles are inserted, you may feel a little tingle or a dull ache, but it shouldn’t hurt. If you experience pain at any point, do let the therapist know so they can adjust and assess immediately. Once the needles are in, there’s nothing to do but lay back and let them work their magic on your pressure points. It’s a deeply calming and relaxing experience, and more than a few have nodded off on the table during treatment — so don’t be afraid to let it all go!
After your acupuncture session, you may want to give your body some time to process the renewed and revived changes in your body’s energy. So steer clear of vigorous activities, and take the rest of the day to indulge in the feeling of wellness delivered by acupuncture.
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