In an acupuncture treatment small, very fine, sterile needles are inserted just under the surface of the skin into the meridians to stimulate the body’s own healing response and to restore health. The stimulation of certain points induces the release of endorphins from the brain which have pain relieving properties. The sensation can feel like a tingling or a dull ache. After a treatment, patients commonly feel relaxed yet energised. People who have only experienced injections or blood tests at the doctor or dentist are generally amazed at how painless acupuncture is.
At Appletree Clinic, where appropriate, moxibustion is used in combination with acupuncture. This is a treatment that brings heat directly into the body via the gentle burning of cones of a dried herb called mugwort on the end of the needles. This process warms the Qi and produces a feeling of deep relaxation.