Frequently Asked Questions
Is it safe?
Acupuncture needles are produced under strict, sterile conditions and are used only once.
Does it hurt?
The needles that are used are very fine and bear no resemblance to those used for injections or taking blood. A guide tube is used to assist precise and painless insertion. There may be a slight sensation which is described as a dull ache or tingling.
How many needles will be used?
This varies considerably between patients and is dependent on the condition being treated.
What will happen at my first consultation?
You will need to allow up to two hours for the initial consultation. This is because acupuncture treats the whole person and not just their presenting symptoms or illness. The practitioner will take a detailed health and lifestyle history that includes information about current symptoms, treatment to date, medical history, digestion, sleep patterns, emotional state and any current medication you have been prescribed. In addition to this, and to help with diagnosis, your blood pressure will be measured, your pulses will be taken and your tongue will be examined. This first appointment will include the first treatment.
Do I need to tell my doctor?
It isn’t vital to tell your GP about having acupuncture treatment, however, they might be interested to know that you are considering it. You should always give your acupuncturist a comprehensive list of all medications you have been prescribed.
What happens next?
The practitioner will put an individual treatment plan together and a follow up appointment will be made, usually lasting up to an hour.
How often will I need to be treated?
Initially treatment will normally be weekly until improvements in the condition can be seen. Most people will experience some benefit from acupuncture after six to eight weeks, and some before. Once improvements are established then appointments will move to every 2 weeks and then extended. For longer standing conditions it may take longer before improvements are seen.
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments will vary between patients and is dependent on the condition. Often patients continue to have acupuncture treatment for maintenance once a month. And this helps with overall health and wellbeing. Feedback from many patients is that they feel so relaxed and energised following treatment.
Can I have acupuncture if I’m pregnant?
You should make your acupuncture practitioner aware if you are pregnant. There are some acupuncture points that are contraindicated during pregnancy. However, there are many points that can be used to help alleviate common symptoms such as nausea & sickness, pelvic pain, tiredness etc.