Frequently asked questions
Is acupuncture safe?
Acupuncture is one of the safest medical treatments, both conventional and complementary, on offer in the UK. Acupuncture needles are single-use and come in a sterile packaging, which is opened immediately before needling.
What should I do before a treatment?
Eat something light before your treatment and wear loose and comfortable clothes.
What happens during an acupuncture session?
During the initial consultation I will listen carefully to your health complaints, take your medical history and assess your health by asking questions and looking at your tongue and pulse. This will guide the diagnosis and treatment of your health problem.
What does it feel like to be needled?
Most people find acupuncture very relaxing. Acupuncture needles are so fine that the prick of the needle as it goes through the skin is barely felt. Some people report an unusual sensation such as numbness or tingling, which indicates that the body is responding to the needles.
Which part of the body do you treat?
Most treatments focus on the arms and legs. Dependent on your condition needles may also be inserted into your ears, back or abdomen.
I am scared of needles, can you help me?
Sticking needles into people is just one of the things acupuncturists do. Your comfort and wellbeing during the treatment session is of utmost priority. Sometimes other techniques such as moxibustion or cupping are more effective.
How long does a session last?
The initial consultation lasts an hour. Follow up sessions last about 50 minutes.
How many sessions will I need?
This will depend on many factors including how healthy you are. A typical course of treatment lasts six sessions. You should expect to feel some relief from your problem within two sessions although chronic conditions may need more time to improve.
How will I feel following treatment?
Everyone responds differently to acupuncture, and it matters whether your complaint is acute or chronic. Most people feel very relaxed after treatment. Minor bruising can occur in some people but will resolve by itself within a few days.
Will my private medical insurance pay for my treatment?
Your private health insurance may cover all or part of the cost of treatment. Please check with your provider about what your insurance covers.
Evidence from research
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