Interested in having acupuncture or want to find out a little bit more about it? We interviewed Catherine Musgrove, Registered Acupuncturist TCM at Hyde-Barker Podiatry, based in Newark, to answer your questions on this amazing complementary therapy.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Catherine: “I am a fully qualified acupuncturist having studied traditional Chinese acupuncture for three years at the University of Lincoln. I am a member of the British Acupuncture Council, a governing body that ensures a strict and high standard of practice and conduct. Prior to my acupuncture training, I have worked as a holistic therapist in reflexology and aromatherapy massage, gaining invaluable experience in this field. I am committed to providing the highest quality personal acupuncture treatment, and my aim is to improve quality of health and life through the application of traditional Chinese acupuncture.”
What is acupuncture?
Catherine: “Acupuncture is a tried and tested system of complementary medicine. The Chinese and other Eastern cultures have been using acupuncture to restore, promote and maintain good health for thousands of years.”
How does acupuncture work?
Catherine: “Traditional acupuncture works to maintain the body’s equilibrium by focusing on all aspects of wellbeing: physical, mental and emotional. Through the insertion of extra-fine needles at chosen points along the channels of energy, the aim of acupuncture is to stimulate the body’s own healing response and restore its natural balance.”
Who should think about having acupuncture?
Catherine: “Many people come to acupuncture for help with specific symptoms or conditions, and some because they generally feel unwell. Others choose acupuncture to enhance their feeling of wellbeing. Acupuncture is considered suitable for all ages, and can be used alongside conventional medicine.I see a wide variety of patients, with a range of different conditions and symptoms.”
Can someone have acupuncture if they are on medication?
Catherine: “If you have been prescribed medication it makes sense to tell your doctor that you are planning to have acupuncture. I ask my clients to let me know about any medication they are taking as this may affect their response to the acupuncture treatment.”
How long is a session and how regular are acupuncture treatments?
Catherine: “Frequency and length of treatment depends on your individual condition. Some change is usually felt after five treatments, although occasionally only one or two treatments are required. Some patients may need treatment over several months or long-term.”
How does acupuncture make you feel?
Catherine: “After treatment, patients are left with a feeling of relaxation and a sense of wellbeing. One can also feel quite tired too, and are advised to go home and rest, drink plenty of water and avoid strenuous activities.”