FAQ's about Acupuncture


What happens?

You will be asked about your current symptoms, what treatment you have received, your medical history, your diet, digestive system, sleeping patterns and emotional state. Your pulses will also be felt on both wrists and I may ask to look at your tongue.

At times acupuncture can be instantly energising and at other times one can feel tired and overly relaxed. This is caused by a detoxifying process that takes place during treatment and is very positive. Acupuncture can instantly induce calm and relaxation.

Does it hurt?

Acupuncture needles are much finer than needles used for injections and blood tests. When the needle is inserted the sensation is often described as tingling or a dull ache.

How many sessions will I need?

This depends on your individual condition. Change is usually felt after 4 or 5 treatments; occasionally only 1 or 2 treatments are needed. Some patients may need longer-term treatment.

Is it Safe?

Acupuncture has a very sound track record. The needles used are single use, sterile and disposable. Responses to treatment can sometimes include mild dizziness and on occasion mild bruising can occur. However all such reactions are short lived.

How does it work?

According to traditional Chinese philosophy, our health depends on the body’s motivating energy moving in a smooth and balanced way through a series of channels beneath the skin. This energy is known as qi.
The flow of qi can be disturbed by any number of factors. These include emotional states such as anxiety, anger or grief, as well as poor nutrition, hereditary factors, infections and trauma. When the qi is unbalanced, illness may result.
The acupuncturist inserts ultra-fine needles at chosen points along the channels of energy. The aim is to stimulate the body’s own healing response and restore it’s natural balance. Treatment is aimed at the root of your condition, as well as your symptoms. This approach can lea to a more permanent resolution of your problem.

What are the costs?

An initial consultation and full diagnosis lasting up to two hours costs £45 but as a special offer will only cost £32 for the next month.