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Information about Acupuncture Needling Techniques

What is Acupuncture?
What are the benefits of acupuncture as a complementary therapy treatment?

It is a common misconception that once the Acupuncturist has inserted the needle into the appropriate spot nothing else happens until it is removed., not true. Once the exact site(s) has been located the needle(s) are quickly inserted and when Qi has been obtained (both the acupuncturist and patient will feel sensations that confirm this) it is then the acupuncturist can decide whether to leave the needles dormant or begin manipulation.


The needling technique used is often the personal preference of the practitioner and what they think is suitable for the treatment effect required.
The acupuncturist will be aware, through diagnosis, that the Qi at a certain acupuncture point may be deficient or conversely in excess.To address this imbalance three different approaches may be taken.
...a. a reinforcing technique, where a deficiency needs to be reinforced.
...b. a reducing technique, where an ecess needs to be reduced.
...c. an even technique, where the balance appears correct and neither of the above are required.

The needle manipulation will often vary depending on the location of the acupuncture point, the effect required and to some extent the personal preference of the practitioner, however they generally will involve lifting and plunging the needle once inserted, rotating the needle or flicking and/or stroking the needle with the finger. These will all be of a gentle nature and something the patient will come to recognise and accept.

Read much more about Acupuncture in one of these excellent books.....

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