What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is one of the five branches of traditional Chinese medicine and is thought to have existed for several thousand years. It is based on the notion of Qi (pronounced “tchi”), which means breath or energy. By placing needles in certain areas, acupuncture helps to circulate energy, re-establish equilibrium, and resolve certain problems. In France, only doctors are permitted to practice acupuncture. There are currently around 5,000 acupuncturists in the country.
What illnesses can be treated by acupuncture?
Often used to complement other practices, acupuncture alleviates numerous illnesses: pains (e.g. headaches, backaches, neck aches, or knee and face pain), digestive problems, stress, depression or colds and allergies. Acupuncture is recognised as being particularly effective for treating nausea and vomiting caused by surgical operations, chemotherapy or pregnancy, migraines and even dental surgery.
What happens during the consultation?
During the first consultation, the practitioner focuses on understanding the general state of health of the patient and on detecting energy imbalances via an in-depth interview and examination. Acupuncture treatment produces a state of well-being in the patient.
The needles, no more than 15 of which are used per session, are very fine, can be inserted easily without pain, and are removed after 15-40 minutes.