Initially you may need to come for treatment weekly but this can be discussed at your first appointment. The frequency of visits does really depend on your particulars and symptoms. Patients generally start to see an improvement in their condition after about 4-6 treatments but it can vary for patients with more extensive symptoms.
Acupuncture, as it is practiced by a Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner, is a holistic approach to health. We will take into account your lifestyle habits, your emotions as well as your physical symptoms. Your particular symptoms are the result of underlying imbalances or weaknesses in your body. The aim of the acupuncture session is to tackle these imbalances so as to make reoccurrence less likely.
Patients are usually treated lying down, sometimes on their front, sometimes on their back or side depending upon which acupuncture points are being used. Sometimes it is better if the patient sits up. Many of the commonly used points are on the limbs but there are many important points on the body and head.
The sterile needles used in acupuncture are much finer than those used with an injection and so rarely hurt. Once the needle is inserted you may feel a sensation which is an indication that the body is responding appropriately. The needles may be left in place for a few seconds or up to 20 minutes depending on your condition. The depth also varies according to the individual and what the acupuncturist is attempting to achieve. Usually people find the experience extremely relaxing and people sometimes feel a little sleepy.
We advise you not to eat a big meal in the 2 hours prior to an acupuncture treatment. Also no coffee, tea, coke or alcohol.
Acupuncture is a safe and trusted medical practice composed of tried and tested, natural and progressive techniques aimed at stimulating the body to heal itself. At Maria-Acupuncture we are registered members of The Acupuncture Council Of Ireland and take great pride in providing a safe and friendly venue for your Acupuncture treatments and we only use single-use sterile acupuncture needles.
The cost of your Acupuncture treatments are reimbursable by VHI's and BUPA's Outpatient Schemes and Members of the TCMCI (The Acupuncture Council Of Ireland) are recognised by VHI/BUPA in this regard (check your policy and excess for exact details).