Background | Who can benefit? | What to expect at a treatment
initial session begins with a detailed consultation to reach a Chinese
medical diagnosis. Tongue and pulse examination complete this process.
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
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
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.