Andrea Fitzgerald Lic. Acupuncture
What is Acupuncture
Acupuncture is a Complementary medical system that is recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as a viable means of treatment for a wide range of conditions
It has been used in China for over 3000 years and due to its proven effectiveness it has been embraced throughout the world.
How it works
Acupuncture involves inserting very fine pre sterilised needles into specific areas of the body in order to trigger an immune response which helps the body to fight the condition.
The needles are sigle use only and are disposed of after each treatment.
Acpuncture can restore health on a physical, psychological and emotional level
Acupuncture aims to work as a complement to Western Medicine and should not been seen as an alternative. If you have already been prescribed medication by your doctor then you must continue to take them unless otherwise instructed by your GP.
On the first vist a detailed case history is taken to etablish what health problems you are currently encountering and also your past medical history.
The acupuncturist may also look at your tongue and check your pulse to get an indication of your body's internal energy patterns
All these details are used to work out an acupuncture treatment plan which is unique to you.
Usually you will feel relaxed after a treatment and may be tired for the rest of the day.
Some people may experience immediate relief from their symptoms, for some it may take a few hours and for other a few days.
Very fine needles will be inserted to specific locations in the body. Some may be close to the area being treated and others may be on the extremities. For example a back problem may have needles inserted where the pain is occurring but needles may also be inserted into the lower legs. This is because the acupuncturist is following the acupuncture meridians of the body and is choosing points that will have a specific action on your energy.
Other therapies such as cupping, ear seeds, moxibustion and heat lamp may also be used.
How Many Treatments
As acupuncture is tailored to each individual the number of treatments required will vary with each person and condition.
Usually a treatment program will involve having the treatments about 3 days apart in the beginning and as the condition improves the gap between treatments should widen as your body responds to the acupuncture. This may vary depending on the condition being treated.
Long term chronic problems usually take longer than problems that have recently occurred.
The age and general state of health of the patient and the frequency of the treatments will also affect the outcome.
The cost per Treatment is 50 Euro.
Acupuncture can release natural endorphins which help your body relax