What is acupuncture and how does it work?

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) the vital energy known as ‘Qi’ circulates around the body through channels called meridians. When this Qi is blocked or depleted, then illness and imbalance sets in. By inserting fine needles at specifically selected acupuncture points along the meridians, the flow of energy can be corrected and balance restored.

What happens during a consultation?

The aim of TCM is to balance and harmonise the body as a whole. Each client’s treatment is personalised in accordance with the individual diagnosis.

Paul will take a detailed medical history that covers lifestyle, stress levels, sleep patterns and such factors as emotional and mental wellbeing.

Is acupuncture safe?

Acupuncture is a completely safe procedure: sterile, disposable needles are used in all treatments and disposed of immediately after use. The effects of acupuncture are far-reaching and the therapy is suitable for everyone, both young and old.

What happens during a treatment?

Acupuncture points will be selected according to the presenting pattern and TCM diagnosis. Fine, sterile, disposable needles are gently inserted into various points around the body and are generally left in place for about 10 minutes, depending on the required treatment. Clients report various sensations including dull aches or tingling sensations which means the treatment is taking effect.

Most people also experience a feeling of deep relaxation and well-being. The treatment may also include Moxa to enhance the effects of the acupuncture.

The initial consultation and treatment generally takes one hour and subsequent treatments can take anything from 20 – 50 minutes depending on the condition being treated.

How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments will vary depending on the condition being treated. Some acute conditions may only require one or two treatments. Chronic conditions generally require a course of 5 to 10 treatments over a period of weeks.

Treatments to boost immunity and maintain optimum health are required only occasionally. The rate of recovery can vary and the earlier a condition is treated the better.

How will treatment affect me?

Each person will experience the treatment in a different way. Most people will feel anything ranging from an immediate relief from pain, a sense of sleepiness before the pain subsides, numbness at first, or a higher sense of energy. However, some may feel no different immediately after a treatment, just to realise some days – or even weeks – later that the pain problem has gone away.

How is auricular therapy medicine performed?

The healer tests the sensitivity of the sensors of the skin of the patient’s body or external ear. With one hand, he holds an appropriate detector, and with the other, takes the patient’s pulse. Treatment may involve the massage of the point, application of a needle, or stimulation by laser. Nogier found that the precision of this representation of reflex points on the external ear offers numerous possibilities for both diagnosis and treatment.

How much does treatment cost?

Sessions are typically €70 for the first session & €55 for follow up appointments. The cost for a series of treatments will be considered on a case-by-case basis.