Acupuncture and auricular acupuncture
Acupuncture uses very fine, sterile needles inserted into various points on the body to balance the flow of energy.
It can be used to help a variety of conditions including stress, pain, peripheral neuropathy and side effects of chemotherapy treatments.
What happens in an acupuncture session?
A fully trained acupuncture therapist will ask you for some background details, including your medical history, treatment and symptoms to help identify the best treatment for you.
You should always inform your therapist about any medication you are taking as this may affect your acupuncture.
Avoid having a large meal or alcohol within an hour of your appointment.
The therapists will then use a selection of 10 to 12 points on the body to insert needles. During a course of therapy it is common for different points on the body to be selected as your condition changes. The therapy is not painful. Most people say they feel a mild ache or tingling sensation once the needles are in place.
This therapy also uses fine needles inserted into specific parts of the ear.
The outer ear has a prolific nerve supply that can directly influence the body’s response to stress, releasing “feel good” chemicals in the body.
The therapy can help reduce the frequency and intensity of hot flushes, aid relaxation, and reduce anxiety, tension and insomnia. The Trinity Centre offers auricular acupuncture in a group setting involving six to eight people.
What happens at an auricular acupuncture session?
Again, at your first consultation a fully trained acupuncture therapist will ask about your medical history, treatment and symptoms and you should always inform your therapist about any medication you are taking.
The therapy involves inserting five fine sterile disposable needles into each ear for 40 minutes.
It’s advisable to wear loose clothing, avoid having a large meal within an hour of your appointment – but try to have
a snack and a drink of water beforehand and that you avoid drinking tea or coffee before your session.
To find out more take a look at our leaflets on acupuncture and auricular therapy. Leaflets can be translated into different languages or provided in an audio format within 48 hours.