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Frequently Asked Questions

How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture works by inserting sterile needles into the body which regulates the flow of Qi (pronounced 'chee').

Qi flows like a river through channels or meridians in the body. When Qi is flowing with ease through the body, the body will function optimally and a person's body will be free of symptoms, and feel content in their lives.

From a Western medical perspective, acupuncture works by stimulating the central nervous system which releases endorphins into the body. It also increases blood flow to areas that need nutrient rich blood. This promotes the body’s natural healing abilities.

The body wants to heal; we just need to set up the environment for it to do so. Acupuncture is a very effective way in supporting the body to health.

A river in Wexford is a symbol of Qi flowing
Client intake form for Chinese Medicine consultation

What can I expect when
I come for a
treatment?

When you come for a treatment, I will take information about your medical history, symptoms at present, diet, lifestyle and mental-emotional well-being. This information helps me determine the areas of body that aren't functioning optimally and which points would be most beneficial to needle. Inserting needles into specific points on the body will support the body back to health.  

 

The first consultation is €55 and lasts up to 1 hour and a half.

Follow up consultations are €50 and last up to 1 hour. 

How many treatments do I need?

 

The amount of treatments an individual needs depends on how long a condition or symptom has been present and the clients lifestyle. A symptom that is acute may be treated in 3-5 sessions of acupuncture whereas a chronic condition would naturally take more sessions. This can be discussed in consultation. Although chronic conditions take longer to heal, clients generally see improvements in their health within a few sessions.

An individual’s lifestyle and circumstances also affect the healing process. For example, if a person continues to ingest foods that puts stress on their digestion or overworks themselves into stressful states, it will impede the body’s ability to heal. Acupuncture has great potential to restore a person to health but it’s also the person’s responsibility to take steps to look after their body and mind.

Treatment room for acupuncture sessions
Zoe uses sterile needles for Traditional Chinese Medicine

Is acupuncture safe?

Yes, acupuncture is safe. I use single-use sterile needles and surgical spirit to clean the area.

Like all therapies it is important for a practitioner to be fully trained and aware of the physiology of the body. At times needling can cause a little bruising or can cause some symptoms to intensify for a while and this is normal. If you do feel concerned I encourage clients to reach out to me.

As acupuncture can have a strong effect on the body, it is important anyone with history of fainting or seizures informs me and I can tailor the treatment to you.

As needles are being inserted into the body, if you are on a blood thinner or have a bleeding disorder it is important to inform me.

Personally I do not needle anyone that is pregnant or trying to get pregnant however I can refer you on to a practitioner.

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