Q & A

How many treatments will I need?

This depends on each individual. Responses to treatment do vary considerably from person to person and will depend on the nature of the condition being treated. Many people with acute conditions experience a real improvement in symptoms almost immediately. For people with longer term and more complex cases, change can be more subtle and usually require more treatments over a longer period of time.

How often will I need treatment?

Initially most patients attend for acupuncture on a weekly basis for the first few treatments. As symptoms improve so the interval between treatments is extended. Most people notice some improvement after just a few treatments. Progress and frequency of appointments are reviewed regularly.

Does it hurt?

The needles used are extremely fine and cannot be compared to other needles. When inserted, the sensation is often described as a tingling or dull ache. Sometimes they stay in for just a couple of seconds and at other times may be left in place for 5-20 minutes, depending on the effect required. During treatment, patients commonly experience a pleasant feeling of relaxation.

Is it safe?

The acupuncture needles used in treatment are pre-sterilised, blister packed, single use, disposable. They are made of high quality stainless steel. All members of the British Acupuncture Council are required to work within clear standards relating to hygiene and safety. These standards have been approved by the Department of Health and provide protection against the transmission of infectious diseases.

Are there any side effects?

After treatment some patients may feel a little sleepy while others report that they feel more relaxed and have more energy.

Should I tell my doctor I'm having acupuncture?

If you are receiving treatment from your doctor then it can be helpful to let them know about any acupuncture treatment you plan to have. Acupuncture is increasingly recognised as being an effective complementary therapy alongside conventional medical treatment and an excellent treatment option for a whole range of conditions. You should also give your acupuncturist details of any medication you are taking.

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