Frequently Asked Questions

Is acupuncture safe?

Acupuncture is minimally invasive and extremely safe. It is an all natural drug-free therapy, yielding no side effects except for feelings of relaxation, the elimination of your symptoms and a sense of wellbeing.
All needles used are sterile single-use disposable needles. Members of the British Acupuncture Council (MBAcC) follow a strict Code of Safe Practice which lays down stringent standards of hygiene and safety.
Acupuncture is safe for treating babies and children, during pregnancy and for the frail and elderly. It can be used alongside western medical treatment.

I am afraid of needles; does it hurt?

Acupuncture needles are not like those used for injections or blood tests. They are ultra fine needles and when inserted the sensation is often described as tingling or a dull ache. During treatment the patient may experience a sense of heaviness in the limb or a pleasant feeling of relaxation. Responses to treatment can sometimes include tiredness or mild dizziness but these are short lived. Many patients feel energised after treatment while others feel very relaxed.

What will happen at a treatment?

The first appointment will take up to 2 hours, while follow up appointments take 45mins to 1 hour.
At the first appointment the practitioner will discuss with you your reasons for seeking treatment, what you would like to gain from treatment, your health history, details of any medication you take, your physical and emotional symptoms. In addition, the practitioner will feel your pulses and look at your tongue. This will provide essential information to enable your practitioner to create your own unique treatment plan which they will discuss with you.
Treatment is usually given with you lying on a treatment couch and acupuncture needles inserted in specific points. Needles are inserted and taken out immediately whilst others may be retained for up to 20 minutes. Patients usually find this a time to relax and some fall asleep.
After treatment you may feel energised or relaxed and in some cases sleepy. It is advised that you sit for a short while in the reception area after treatment if you feel at all dizzy or unsure.

Will I have to undress for acupuncture treatment?

The majority of acupuncture points used are on the 4 limbs from the elbow to the hand, and from the knee to the foot. However, should it be necessary to use acupuncture points on the chest, abdomen or back a gown will be provided and blankets are available to ensure you feel comfortable at all times during treatment.

Should I tell my GP that I am receiving acupuncture?

You are not obliged to tell your GP, however it may be advisable to do so. Acupuncture can be used alongside any treatment or medication you may be receiving from your GP. Patients often find that with regular acupuncture treatment they are able to reduce or come off their medications and this could only be considered under the close supervision of your doctor.

Can I receive acupuncture treatment as part of my private health scheme?

Many private health insurers cover the cost of acupuncture in their schemes. However it is advised that you contact your insurer before commencing acupuncture treatment to clarify this.

As a Member of the British Acupuncture Council, I adhere to their Guidelines of Safe Practice and Guidelines of Professional Conduct. All patients and their personal information are treated with strict confidentiality. These Guidelines can be accessed by visiting the British Acupuncture Council website at www.acupuncture.co.uk