Susan Bishop Acupuncture

Member of the British Acupuncture Council

Picture of back of neck with acupuncture needles

The first treatment will take approximately 1½ hours, subsequent treatments take about 1 hour. During your first visit a detailed case history will be taken, this will cover in depth the reason for your visit, but also other aspects of your health such as, but not exclusively your sleeping patterns, diet, how you react to heat and cold, energy levels, and past medical history.

Once your case history has been taken Susan will ask to feel your pulse on both the left and right sides, noting the rate and rhythm and also the quality of the pulse. She will also ask to examine your tongue, which shows many aspects of your underlying health. These along with your case history, will be used to determine the best treatment for you.

Once treatment begins suitable acupuncture points will be selected with needles then inserted. The needles may be manipulated and taken out straight away, or retained for a length of time or a combination of both. The needles may be left in for 15 – 25 minutes, as appropriate for your treatment. Treatments often can induce experiences of well being and relaxation.

There are number of different techniques and treatments which may be incorporated in your treatment, such as moxibustion, cupping and massage if appropriate.

After treatment people may feel relaxed and calm or may feel tired. Some may feel invigorated while others may not notice major changes. However you feel after treatment, it is advisable to take note of how you feel and act accordingly. Do not over do things if you do feel energised. Improvement in symptoms may be immediate, but it is not unusual to notice changes a day or so after treatment. The length of time the improvement in symptoms lasts tends to increase with the more treatments you have.

Moxibustion

Moxibustion is the burning of moxa. This is the dried powdered leaf of the herb Artemisa vulgaris latiflora commonly known as mugwort. There a number of ways in which moxa is applied; it may be used in stick form to warm a large area of the body, in direct form where a small cone of the herb is placed on an acupuncture point and lit, being removed once a patient feels heat, or it is rolled in paper tube and placed on the end of the needle. Moxa is used in conditions where cold aggravates or heat improves the condition, such as stiff painful knees or when a person is constitutionally cold.

Cupping

Cupping is the use of glass cups in which a taper is placed in the cup for a moment to create a vacuum. The cup is then placed directly on the skin where the vacuum causes a sucking effect on the skin. The cups may be left static or gently moved. Cupping is used to move local stagnation in muscular or joint problems or in the relief of cold symptoms.

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