The initial session begins with a detailed consultation to reach a Chinese medical diagnosis. Tongue and pulse examination complete this process.

The acupuncture procedure itself ("needling") is the insertion of very fine sterile disposable needles at key points along the meridians. It is swift, and any pricking sensation is minimal and momentary - many people don't even feel the insertion. Needles are retained for 20 - 30 minutes, during which time patients tend to experience deep relaxation and may even fall asleep.

Subsequent sessions involve a briefer 'catch-up' consultation before needling.

The herb moxa (artemisia vulgaris) is sometimes used to supplement acupuncture treatments, particularly for 'cold' conditions. When it is burned, it warms the meridians and helps expel cold. Moxa may be applied to the end of an acupuncture needle ('warming needle technique') to bring heat to a specific acupuncture point. Alternatively, a lighted moxa stick may be held above points or moved along channels to similar effect. "Moxibustion" is experienced as a gentle warming sensation.

Chinese medical dietary advice: When relevant, dietary guidesheets are provided.These are always tailored to the individual patient's needs, according to his Chinese medical diagnosis.

Auricular acupuncture: Sarah is trained in the administration of the US NADA (National Acupuncture Detoxification Association) protocols for the treatment of addictions and relief of post-traumatic stress. These treatments involve needling three to five points on the ear, which has a profound calming effect and has been found to be one of the most powerful therapies used in the recovery and rehabilitation process. This course of treatment requires committing to five sessions over a period of two weeks and may be used as a stand-alone therapy for cigarette addiction and mild alcohol addiction. A reduced rate is offered.

Contact Sarah via email or call 021 671 5262 / 073 147 0670
Dip. Ac. (UK), Cert. (Nanjing) Reg. No. A02894 Practice No. 105 000 0356026