Acupuncture & Massage
in Marlow

Ian Souch
07984 937415

Frequently asked questions

Acupuncture in Marlow, Buckinghamshire with Ian Souch


>Acupuncture points
> Treatment can utilise:
- Moxibustion
- Cupping technique
- Electro-acupuncture
- Auricular acupuncture
- Acupuncture Needles
- Needle technique
> How does acupuncture work?
> What can acupuncture treat?
> Other beneficial side effects
> Who has acupunture?
> Does it hurt?
> Is it safe?
> What happens at treatments?
> How many treatments are needed?
> Should my doctor know?




  • There are some 365 points on the human body.
  • Each point has a specific set of functions.
  • Usually, several points in different places are used to meet the treatment principle.
  • Points on the foot may be used for headaches, for example.

- Moxibustion

Moxibustion acupuncture technique in Marlow with Ian Souch - photo taken by Bruce aka SuperFantastic on 15th November 2008
  • Moxibustion is a technique used to treat specific complaints by heating the acupuncture point, either directly (on the surface) or indirectly (on the inserted needle).
  • This is done by burning a smouldering herb known as Artemesia Vulgaris (commonly called mugwort).

- Cupping technique

Cupping in acupuncture clinic Marlow with Ian Souch - photo taken by Alanna Ralph from Philadelphia, PA, USA on 18th Dec 2004
  • 'Cupping' is a technique frequently used in treatment by trained practitioners.
  • It involves creating a vacuum in cups (usually made from glass or bamboo) and placing them on the affected area.
  • The suction allows stuck energy to be released and the free flow of Qi relieves the tension in the area.
  • It is also used to help expel the symptoms of a cold or flu.

- Electro-Acupuncture

  • Also called electro-pulse stimulation (EPS).
  • A more recent development (about 50 years ago).
  • Involves the application of low-level electrical pulse either via an inserted needle using probes or pincers or directly onto the surface of the body using self-adhesive electro pads.
  • Can be used for a variety of complaints but primarily as an effective pain management technique for anything between 10-30 minutes at a time.

- Auricular Acupuncture

Auricular Acupuncture in Marlow with Ian Souch
  • Also called auriculotherapy, it is often used to diagnose and treat numerous conditions including drug or alcohol abuse rehabilitation.
  • There are some 200 points on the outer ear and each relates to a specific part of the body.
  • Often, ear points are combined with points on the body to maximise the results.

- Acupuncture Needles

Acupuncture with Ian Souch in Marlow, Bucks - photo taken by Xhienne on 20th Oct 2007
  • Unlike hypodermic needles acupuncture needles are not hollow but solid.
  • They vary in size (gauge) and in length.
  • Only sterilized, disposable needles are used.

Needle technique:
  • There are several different needle techniques used in acupuncture.
  • Needles can be inserted and left in for a duration or they may be inserted, turned and removed immediately.
  • Different techniques are used to either 'reinforce' the Qi or to 'sedate' it, whichever is applicable at the time.
  • Can be understood on the basis of both an energetic model and a biomedical model of western medicine.
  • It recognises a vital energy (Qi) behind all life forms and life processes which can be manipulated.
  • Pain, illness or disease results from a blockage or imbalance of the flow of Qi.
  • Acupuncture can correct or rebalance this flow and trigger the body's own healing mechanism to restore health.
  • Acupuncture also involves neurochemical and physiological processes.
  • Stimulates bone regrowth.
  • Stimulates the production of cortisol.
  • Stimulates production of dynorphin, endorphin and enkephalin (pain modulators).
  • Regulates blood pressure.
  • Regulates serotonin (spinal cord pain modulator).
  • Increases red and white blood cell count.
  • Stimulates the clotting factor.
  • Regulates the sympathetic nervous system.
  • Regulates the peripheral blood flow.
  • Enhances the immune response.
  • Reduces the allergic response.
  • Modulates the immune system.
Other beneficial side effects:

-Patients reported that most of the time they:

  • Feel better
  • Miss fewer work days
  • Get along better with others
  • Have less pain
  • Have more energy
  • Are more focused
  • Can work better
  • Acupuncture is a safe treatment for most people including young children and babies.
  • Many people use it in preventative care.
  • It can be used alongside medicine for both chronic and acute diseases.
  • Acupuncture needles bear no resemblance to those used for injections or blood tests.
  • When needles are inserted, the sensation is often described as a 'tingling' or a 'heaviness' called deqi which is a necessary part of the treatment.
  • Acupuncture is not painless, but neither can it be described as painful.
  • As treatments can be very relaxing, patients are advised not to drive directly afterwards or do anything that can cause risk or injury.
  • All licensed acupuncturists observe a Code of Safe Practice that lays down stringent standards of hygiene and sterilisation for all equipment.
  • These procedures provide protection against the transmission of infectious diseases.
  • A full medical history is taken at the first session.
  • You will be asked about your current symptoms, treatments you have received so far, your diet, the state of your body's systems, sleep patterns and emotional factors.
  • The pulses and the tongue are also studied as this provides vital information about general health.
  • In the theory underlying traditional acupuncture, each person is unique, so the number of treatments required varies.
  • Some change is usually seen after 4-6 treatments.
  • Depending on the complaint, treatment may be required regularly (perhaps once or twice a week), sometimes several times a week, every two weeks or monthly.
  • If you are receiving treatment from your doctor then it makes sense to inform him/her of your plans to have acupuncture.
  • Acupuncture can enable you to reduce or even stop taking certain medication, but your doctor should be consulted regarding any changes to dosage or prescription.