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What to Expect

Acupuncture is usually not painful but can produce strong sensations. I will explain what will happen before we begin, and respond to any specific concerns you might have. The needles used are as thin as a hair, and most people would describe the sensations as only slightly uncomfortable at times. The sensations that you may experience when the needle is in the right place vary with the individual and the point location itself. This may include tingling, a dull ache or sensation of weight.  Many people find acupuncture deeply relaxing and its not uncommon to go to sleep. The most common side effect of acupuncture is feeling drowsy both during and for a short time afterwards. Less commonly, a minor bruise can be caused by needling.

It can take time to develop confidence in both having acupuncture and in trusting the person at the other end of a needle. This is one of the reasons I use the minimum number of points needed to produce the desired effect. At your first session we are both learning about how you respond to acupuncture,and it is important to me that you feel safe throughout, both for your comfort and to maximize the effect.

Your First Appointment

Acupuncture itself follows a comprehensive decision making process. When I meet a new patient we discuss current concerns, health background, lifestyle and how acupuncture may help. A diagnosis of the disharmonies underlying your condition is made after listening to your story, checking your pulse and tongue, examining areas of the body involved if necessary, and thinking about how these findings are linked.  Appropriate goals and methods are selected to fit your diagnosis and constitution and discussed with you.
Needles are usually left in for about 20 minutes.

Acupuncture may also include the use of other TCM tools such as moxibustion, a heating herb used on the outside of the body to increase energy or reduce pain: cupping which involves glass cups which adhere to the skin after being briefly heated on the inside which help to reduce pain, or tui na Chinese medical massage. 

There is usually also some discussion about how aspects of your life style might impact your wellbeing, and exploring positive changes that are practical and realistic.

Having other medical treatment

Acupuncture may certainly be used effectively in conjunction with other medical care. For example many chronic conditions, or after surgery.  Its important you disclose all  current forms of treatment, medications and supplements used so that they may be included in my assessment.  Over time the need for certain medications might decrease and it may be appropriate to reduce dosages. This would be decided by your GP or the medical practitioner prescribing.  And while it is your decision to have acupuncture, it may be useful for other health practitioners working with you at the same time, to know you are doing so.

When will you notice improvement

I would expect a sense of improvement within a few sessions.  Many people experience improvement in other areas first, before an easing of their main complaint.  There may be a feeling of deep relaxation, better sleep and digestion, increase in energy and lifting of mood. 

For some, acupuncture will not be the best approach and I will suggest consulting another practitioner such as your GP, or other natural health practitioner such as an osteopath, naturopath or homeopath.

Recent patient feedback

Margaret Hadley Midwife
A recent painful back injury restricted normal activity and deprived me of good sleep for several nights - unti I sought help from Gill Burdett Acupunturist. After only two sessions I am sleeping again and pain is receding without the use of any drugs. I would recommend Gill to anyone who seeks professional acupuncture that is delivered in a sympathetic and holistic manner.

14 January 2015

Hazel Dobbie
I have had acupuncture by Gill Burdett for health issues and injuries over several years. Before Christmas I had facial acupuncture with impressive results. Gill is always extremely professional and competent, intuitive, asks good questions, and achieves great results. I strongly recommend her.

15 January 2015

Bob Davidow
I had developed neuropathy in my feet over the last 15 years, due to type 2 diabetes. This caused a loss of all sense of feeling in my feet, ankles and lower legs. It made me fearful of walking because of the risk of falling.  I asked Gill Burdett if she could use acupuncture to help with this condition. She said she would try but if there was no improvement after four sessions, then it was probably not worth persisting.   
After two relaxing acupuncture sessions I was getting some tingling sensations on the soles of my feet, and during the third session I was much more aware of the needles going in.  Since then I have maintained a lovely sensation of feeling the contours on the bottom of my feet and am able to walk barefoot with feeling in my feet.  Walking has become much easier for me. I feel that Gill’s acupuncture sessions have made a significant breakthrough in a serious health issue and I am hopeful that with more sessions I will continue to improve.    I have to say I'm impressed and appreciative to say the least.

14 February 2015