Acupuncture is a complementary medical service that involves the insertion of very thin needles through the patient's skin at specific points on the body - the needles are inserted to various depths.
How does it work?
In traditional chinese medicine, acupuncture is attributed to the belief that illness is caused as a result of disruptions and interferences to the flow of energy or in chinese terms the qi in the body. Whenever the flow of qi through our meridians becomes blocked, illness can result that cause an imbalance of energies. Acupuncture, through the insertion of very thin needles, stimulates points under the skin called acupuncture points in order to release this qi to restore equilibrium.
At the Dublin Acupuncture Rooms we only use single sterilised disposable needles.
Does it hurt?
Generally, acupuncture does not hurt. Our acupuncture needles are very thin, only about the diameter of a thick human hair. Patients can however have a sensation during the treatment, which is the qi (or energy) moving or the opening of a channel that has been blocked. This sensation lasts only last a few seconds.
How many treatments will I need?
This depends on your personal condition, how long you have had it and how severe it is.
How long is a treatment session?
Most sessions last about 30 - 40 minutes depending on the underlying problem.
What should I wear for the acupuncture treatments?
Wear loose fitted, comfortable clothing. Most of the acupuncture points needled are on the torso and limbs, below the elbows and knees. Exceptions are for pain, where local points will be used in the affected area, such as the shoulder.
What is Moxibustion?
Moxibustion is the burning of mugwort over acupoints. It is a form of heat therapy in which dried plant materials are burned on or very near acupoints.
What is Chinese Cupping Therapy?
Like acupuncture, cupping therapy is a form of alternative medicine. A flammable substance such as alcohol is placed in a cup and set on fire. As the fire goes out, the cup is placed upside down on the patient's skin. The cups create a suction that activates the blood flow and promotes healing. Cupping is considered to be a safe therapy however one side effect includes some bruising. This bruising will generally disappear after a few days.
Is the treatment covered under the private health insurance schemes?
Most private health insurers will contribute towards the cost of your treatment plan. For further details you should check your policy terms and conditions.
Our treatments are covered by these insurance companies: