Traditional Chinese Medicine
What is Traditional Chinese Medicine?
Chinese medicine is a holistic medical system that by definition, takes into account everything in your life: mental state, emotions, appetite, bowel movements, sleeping patterns, and even your occupation before arriving at an individual diagnosis, and hence, a personalised treatment plan. Traditional Chinese medicine has been around for thousands of years. Fundamentally, Chinese medicine works with the body’s natural energy called Qi (chee) whose harmonious flow around the body becomes disrupted when there is ill-health, disease and dysfunction. Both acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine work delicately with the body’s natural healing process to treat disease from its very root, therefore resulting in sustainable long-term health. In short, there is never one treatment for the same disease -each patient is completely unique and accordingly so is their treatment.
What do Traditional Chinese Medicine treat?
Acupuncture is considered to be beneficial for a wide range of conditions. NICE, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence recommends acupuncture on the NHS for back pain, migraines and headaches. The respected Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) recommends acupuncture for chronic pain. Because an acupuncture treatment is designed to affect your whole body, not just your symptoms, you may notice other niggling problems resolve during a course of treatment. A lot of people have acupuncture to relieve specific aches and pains, such as osteoarthritis of the knee, TMJ, or for common health problems like an overactive bladder. Some pregnant women have acupuncture throughout their pregnancy. Other people choose acupuncture when their bodily functions are out of balance, but they have no obvious diagnosis. And many have regular treatments because they find it so beneficial and relaxing.
What should I expect when I go for treatment?
The first consultation and treatment will last up to 1.5 hours and include a detailed consultation and full medical history so as to establish a complete picture of your health.
Acupuncture will normally follow. Very fine needles will be placed below the elbows and knees, or sometimes on your torso/back/head. These needles will stay there for about 20 mins and induce a very deep form of relaxation and wellbeing.
If you require Chinese herbal treatment these may be prescribed, or ordered in specifically for you. Current prescribed medicine will be taken into account so it is always sensible to bring a full list of medications to your first appointment.
How many treatments will I need?
As Chinese medicine is tailored specifically to you as an individual the number of treatments varies from person to person and the condition being treated.
As a general guide, painful conditions can normally see significant improvement within four sessions carried out once per week, whereas for dermatological conditions this can take 6-8 treatments.
Will my health insurance cover
Many insurers are now covering acupuncture within their policies and as a fully accredited and insured member of both the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) and the Association of Traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture (ATCM) my treatments are generally covered so it is always worth checking with your insurer first.