FAQs

DOES IT REALLY WORK?

Acupuncture has been tried and tested over thousands of years in China and other eastern countries, where it still features in mainstream healthcare, both as a stand-alone therapy and in combination with conventional western medicine.

Acupuncture is now widely used and accepted all over the world. In the UK more and more people are finding out what it can do for them.  In 2009 the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence recommended that acupuncture should be made available on the NHS, as a cost-effective short-term treatment for the management of early, persistent non-specific lower back pain.

You can get more information on current scientific research into the effectiveness of acupuncture by visiting the British Acupuncture Council website.

WHAT CAN IT DO FOR ME?

Some people choose acupuncture for help with specific symptoms or to relieve specific pains like osteoarthritis of the knee. Others come because they feel generally unwell but have no obvious diagnosis.  Many simply want to enhance their feeling of well being, and return to acupuncture again and again because they find it so beneficial and relaxing .

Acupuncture is considered suitable for all ages including babies and children, and can be used alongside conventional medicine.

Because traditional acupuncture aims to treat the whole person rather than specific symptoms in isolation, it can be effective for a range of conditions.

WHAT HAPPENS IN A TREATMENT?

On your first appointment a thorough diagnosis is made. I will need to ask  about your medical history, as well as aspects of your lifestyle and diet, in order to build up a picture of you as a whole, and to establish the cause of your energy imbalance. Important parts of the diagnosis include the examination of your abdomen, back, neck and tongue, as well as any specific symptomatic areas, and feeling your wrist pulses.

During the treatment, which may take up to one hour, you will be sitting or lying on a massage couch. You may be required to take off any jewellry and in some cases to undress down to underwear. Your personal comfort is very important to me and for the effectiveness of treatment, and I will always do my best to ensure that you feel as relaxed and comfortable as possible.

DOES IT HURT?

Many people who are afraid of needles are surprised to find that they did not feel any pain during the treatment. Acupuncture needles are extremely fine, and when used correctly they should not cause any pain. You may feel a subtle sensation of warmth or tingling or “something moving” as the energy flow is stimulated, but most people do not find this unpleasant.

HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?

There is no prescribed treatment plan for any one condition, because each person is different and needs to be treated according to their individual constitution and diagnosis, which is reassessed on every visit. However, in general most people will need a minimum of 3 – 4  weekly treatments in order to make a lasting improvement. Having said that, many people do feel significantly better even after one session.  It’s important to understand that acupuncture is not a “qiuck fix”, but is helping your body gently to return to a more healthy state.