Traditional Acupuncture in Glasgow

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Traditional Acupuncture: Frequently Asked Questions.

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture, as practiced in Glasgow with an acupuncturist, involves the insertion of very fine needles. It is a therapy with thousands of years of history, originating in China and is based on an understanding of Yin Yang and of Qi (prounced chee) movement. The idea, essentially, is that Qi circulates throughout the body in a very specific rhythm and if anything disturbs this rhythm it results in symptoms that disturb our lives. Acupuncture helps to readdress these disturbances and rebalances the body, which in turn maximises well being: emotional, physical and mental. It is starting to be understood from a biomedical perspective as well, I write blogs on the updates - click here for

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Does it Hurt?

The needles are incredibly thin, which means that many individuals are unaware of them being inserted by Paula. During the treatment Qi sensations can be felt which includes tingling, heaviness, warmth, pulsation. Many consider their acupuncture treatment to be a peaceful, calming respite from daily life.

Is is safe?
All needles used are single use and pre-sterilised. Paula has ensured that her clinic, Health Rediscovered, exceeds the requirements set out by Environmental Health for use with Acupuncture, from Glasgow City Council. As well as attending regular CPD events and reading to ensure her practice is up to date and within health and safety guidelines.

What Can Acupuncture Treat?

My experience, whilst in China, showed me that many see acupuncture as their first port of call - like us going the GP - and is commonly sought for a wide variety of conditions, from chronic pain, stroke, common colds/coughs, stress, depression, fertility. The World health Organisation has compiled a list of conditions for which it feels there is enough empirical evidence to support the use of acupuncture: click here

How many sessions before I see changes?
Based on my experiences as an acupuncturist in Glasgow, most people feel an immediate effect of being more relaxed, calmer, and have reported back a better nights sleep after just the 1st session. On average clients have between 6 and 10 sessions to feel lasting benefits, but this varies from person to person and will be discussed at the initial appointment.

How long does each session last?
The initial appointment can last up to 90 minutes, this allows time for a full consultation along with the initial treatment. Follow up sessions are up to 60 minutes long, with a shorter 'quick check' on how you are doing, followed by the treatment. Facial Acupuncture requires a little longer, with first visit being up to 2 hours and follow up sessions up to 75 minutes.

The actual needles are retained for around 20 minutes, Electro-acupuncture or moxibustion or cupping if appropriate are used for around 10-20 minutes depending on the individual and their diagnosis/treatment plan.

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