Our Acupuncture Practice is run by Helen Taylor Weekes, Co-Director of the practice and Senior Acupuncturist with nearly 30 years of experience. Helen works alongside Shai Patel BA BSc (Acupuncture) MBAcC. Shai is a Traditional Four Element Acupuncturist.
Modern acupuncture needles are stainless steel, between one-half and three inches long, ultra-fine and quite flexible. They are pre-sterilized; nontoxic and disposable (single use). When the needles are tapped into the skin, there may not be any sensation.
Much depends on the location (hands and feet tend to be more sensitive), the condition being treated and the Acupuncturist’s technique. Needles are typically placed in several acu-points and are usually left in about 25 -45 minutes. The goal is to normalize the circulation of Qi and blood by stimulating the energy point, which encourages the body’s natural healing process. Stimulation can be done by rotating the needles manually or attaching electrodes to send a weak electric current through the needles (electro acupuncture). The number of treatments depends upon the duration, severity and nature of your health condition. Two or three treatments may be sufficient for an acute (new painful) condition, while a series of 5 or more treatments may be needed to resolve difficult established and chronic conditions. Some degenerative conditions may require ongoing treatments over a long period of time.
Techniques used may include:
- Moxibustion (burning herbs to heat acupoints)
- Cupping (suction)
- Auricular Therapy (ear acupuncture)
- Tui-Na (manipulation)
- Acupressure can also be used by Osteopaths at the practice.
We will evaluate your progress after each session. Some relief should be apparent in two or three sessions, or six to eight sessions for more pervasive conditions. Sometimes the results are immediate. If you see encouraging signs, stick with it. You can always ask Helen or Margella questions about your treatment and improvement. If your response to treatment is not satisfactory, we may consider further diagnostic exams, modify the treatment plan or refer to an appropriate practitioner, if necessary.
Who can Benefit from Acupuncture?
Our patients range from infants to senior citizens. You may be seeking an alternative to Western medicine or it may be their last hope for relief, having exhausted other methods of treatment for a chronic condition. Or perhaps you have been recommended by a friend or medic. For many people Acupuncture may be their first choice of health care. Relaxing and low-risk form of treatment with few side effects.