Choosing the Acupuncture Points
Points may be chosen based on the time of day, season and climate. They are also chosen based on gender, energetic ‘patterning’ based on birth-date and presentation on the day of treatment. Especially relevant of course, is that points are chosen based on the actual complaint itself!
The number of points chosen, the type of needle, technique and duration the needles are left in for varies greatly. This is based on the specific treatment required for you at that particular time – making acupuncture an incredibly tailored treatment.
Sometimes the needles are left in the body for less than a second or two or between 24-28 minutes. Sometimes this can be longer depending upon the required effect. It is common for people to comment on how deeply relaxed they feel whilst the needles are in, as the Qi is smoothed and regulated.
Lee uses approximately 18 different types of needle for different applications. All of the needles are sterile, single-use, disposable needles with some as fine as a human hair (0.12mm wide). This makes acupuncture suitable even for those with great sensitivity.
Because Lee uses mostly classical acupuncture techniques, aside from certain protocols, the number of points used is almost always very few and can typically be one to four.