What happens during a treatment?

At your first consultation you will be asked questions about your condition and symptoms, your medical history and your general health. Palpation of the channels, the abdomen and the pulse at the wrists also form part of the diagnostic process. This information allows the practitioner to build up a comprehensive picture and to formulate a treatment plan, which is individually suited to your condition and characteristics.

For the treatment a number of fine, sterile disposable needles are inserted into specific points on the body where qi can be influenced. Since the needles are very fine they usually cause no discomfort. You may feel a subtle sensation of tingling or warmth as the acupuncture points are stimulated. Normally people experience acupuncture to be deeply relaxing, with a sense of calm and wellbeing both during and after the treatment.

Moxibustion, the application of gentle heat using a medicinal herb, often forms part of the treatment. Dried leaves from the Mugwort plant are processed to derive moxa wool which smoulders when ignited, releasing heat as well as aromatic oils. It can be used either indirectly or directly on the skin, a process referred to as moxibustion. Due to its warming properties it is often used in the treatment of painful conditions and in East Asian medicine has long been associated with promoting good health.

Dietary choices and lifestyle factors may also be discussed and appropriate changes including exercises recommended to help you achieve and maintain optimum health and wellbeing.

How is Toyohari treatment different?

Different styles of acupuncture have developed over time in different countries and cultural contexts. Although based on the same fundamental principles as classical Chinese medicine Toyohari meridian therapy was originally developed in Japan by blind acupuncturists. It is characterised by a strong emphasis on gentle touch and subtle needle manipulation. Toyohari practitioners use very fine needles, superficial needle insertion and non-insertive techniques, making it particulary suited to more sensitive patients.

How many treatments will I need?

Treatment is usually weekly, although for acute conditions shorter intervals might be needed. This might be followed by less frequent visits as your condition improves. Some patients choose to come for monthly treatments or once every other month to maintain well-being. You will be able to discuss how your treatment will progress at your first consultation.