Traditional acupuncture is an ancient system of medicine that originated in China over 3000 years ago. It encourages the body, mind and emotions to rebalance and heal naturally by addressing the root cause of current problems or strengthening potential weaknesses.
This is an important principle of Traditional Acupuncture because it deals with the underlying cause of problems which prevents recurring symptoms. By balancing the mind, body and emotions, Traditional Acupuncture not only treats specific conditions, it also acts as a preventative medicine to promote good health and general well being.
Treatment costs and what happens during treatment?
At the initial consultation a full health history and details of current symptoms is taken as well as identifying your emotional make-up and your strengths and weaknesses. Diagnosis also involves taking your pulses and checking the tongue colour. The first appointment may last up to two hours and this is why the first treatment may cost more (£80) with follow up appointments lasting for one hour and costing £50. Not all acupuncture treatments require two hours though - it depends upon what you are seeking to treat (e.g. sciatic pain usually requires just one hour of treatment.) It's always worth 'phoning to discuss your symptoms.
The treatment is tailored to your needs and uses very fine sterile disposable needles which are pressed lightly into the skin. Length of course and frequency of treatment usually depends on your condition but benefit is usually felt within five treatments and your practitioner may wish to see you weekly at the start of a course of treatments.
About your practitioner
Samuel Jones uses an acupuncture style of treatment, Five Elements, that principally aims at addressing the root cause of an ailment ('pathogenic factor'). Acupuncturists use traditional Chinese approaches to health in collaboration with Western medicine and Sam may instead decide to use a more modern style of acupuncture, TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), to treat specific ailments in his Ludlow Acupuncture clinic.
Sam trained at the College of Traditional Acupuncture, Warwick, and has full professional qualification, insurance and licensing. He observes professional codes of conduct and treats in accordance with those guidelines set by the British Acupuncture Council.