Frequently Asked Questions
Who Has Acupuncture?
Often people try acupuncture to address a specific problem that has not responded to other treatments, or because they do not feel as well as they should do. Acupuncture can act as a treatment and a preventative therapy, as it treats you as a whole person rather than just your symptoms.
Acupuncture is usually suitable for all ages, including babies, children, teenagers, people with fertility issues, pregnant women and elderly people. Any contraindications will be checked for in the initial consultation and discussed with you.
It is now used as a supportive adjunct to IVF treatments and best if couples can come together, especially for the initial consultation, to discuss any worries or concerns.
Auricular acupuncture has been used alongside detox programmes for many years, but recently facilities that offered this treatment are declining. We now offer a walk-in clinic on Tuesday afternoons to help address this shortfall in services. Anyone can attend this clinic whether for detox, stress management or just relaxation.
How does Acupuncture fit with conventional medicine?
is considered safe for all ages and can be used alongside conventional
medicine. It seen as a 'complementary medicine' and as such can be used as an adjunct to Western medical treatment.
For some people, improving symptoms in order to reduce
prescription medicine is a major consideration and this may be done in consultation with your Doctor or consultant.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
This will depend on your condition; chronic conditions can take longer to improve. You should start to notice improvements in around 4-5 sessions.
Treatments are usually once or twice a week to begin with, becoming less frequent as improvement is made. Often long term benefits can be maintained with a 'top up' treatment every 6-8 weeks.
If you are coming for help with sub-fertility, a course of treatment may take much longer than this as underlying problems may also need to be addressed.
Be prepared for a minimum of 3 months of weekly treatments.
Is Acupuncture Painful?
Acupuncture needles are extremely fine, and patients often describe the needle sensation as a tingling or dull ache.
If you have a fear of needles, it may be possible to treat you with acupressure, or one of the micro-systems, Auricular or Korean Hand therapy,which are much less invasive - please ask.
This year we are also following an extended training course in 'Toyohari' acupuncture - a Japanese system of treatment, which works towards non-insertion, very gentle needle technique.
Do I Need To Prepare For My Treatment?
Avoid eating a large meal an hour before treatment and avoid alcohol immediately before and after treatment.
But do make sure you have eaten and drunk something within the 2 hours before treatment. It's also helpful to have a bottle of water with you to keep well hydrated.
How Will I Feel After Treatment?
You are likely to feel relaxed and calm, possibly tired or drowsy. There are virtually no unpleasant side effects, but occasionally there may be minor bruising at the needle point, or a short-term flare-up of your symptoms.