Acupuncture is one of the many skills used by Dr Maloufi in order to manage pain, inflammation, ease nausea and abdominal discomfort, and help promote sleep. Acupuncture is used against a background of clinical and research evidence.
Acupuncture given by Dr Maloufi uses the 1,2,3 Dr Tan Balance method approach when placing needles, although there is basic background knowledge of the Traditional Chinese Medicine Approach. It is an alternative medicine to help manage symptoms.
Conventional acupuncture involves inserting fine, disposable needles into the skin at various relevant acupuncture points. The reason for these points will be discussed prior to the treatment. The needles are generally left in for 20-30 minutes.
There may be a pinprick sensation as the needle pierces the skin. After this it is important to feel a sensation, known as De Qi, at the acupuncture point – this is done by Dr Maloufi moving the needle into the correct position and can be felt as an ache, warmth, numbness, heaviness or tingle.
Trigger point acupuncture may also be used. This is where needles are placed in specific muscles to enable them to relax and is much quicker than conventional treatment (may only take three-four minutes per muscle).
The response is immediate. However, it may take three-four sessions before you notice any changes with acupuncture, although some people may have immediate long lasting effect.
Acupuncture does not always work for everyone.
Most people are suitable to have acupuncture but extra care is required if you have any of the following: Diabetes, bleeding disorder, needle phobia, Epilepsy, taking anti-coagulants, Nickel allergy, Pacemaker, any infection, or pregnancy.
If you have any of these conditions please inform Dr Maloufi at your first appointment.
These will be discussed before any treatment is given and it is important to inform Dr Maloufi of any other medical conditions you may have.
Occasionally people can feel light headed during or straight after treatment. It is a good idea to have something to eat and drink in the hour or two prior to treatment to minimise this risk. You will always have your treatment in a suitable posture in case this occurs.
People can feel quite tired for an hour or two after the session and often sleep well that night. If this occurs, do not drive or operate heavy machinery.
Other side effects can include bleeding and/or bruising over the needle sights. There is a very small risk of infection even though the needles are single use, sterile needles. Occasionally people experience a slight increase in pain after acupuncture but this is short-lived.
On very rare occasions acupuncture has caused other serious side effects. However Dr Maloufi has been fully trained and will ensure your treatment is carried out as safely as possible.
Acupuncture sessions usually take place in The Fulham Health Clinic.
Unfortunately acupuncture is not provided on the NHS.
£30 per session
£150 for six sessions booked in advance
If you have any further questions regarding acupuncture, please contact Dr Maloufi on 020 7385 1965.