Does Acupuncture Hurt?
The fine needles used in Acupuncture treatments are the diameter of a strand of hair, so much thinner than a hypodermic needle. and should not hurt, although some acupoints are more tender and sensitive than others. I use coated needles to ensure a smooth insertion. Occasionally there may be a sensation of a dull ache when the needle finds the correct acupoint, and this sensation may radiate, particularly when treating musculoskeletal conditions. This indicates a healing response is occurring. The sensation should not last for more than 30 seconds, although occasionally the needle may be manipulated to seek a stronger healing response. Your levels of comfort will always be a priority.
Why do you need to take my pulse and look at my tongue?
Both the pulse and the tongue give the Acupuncture practitioner so much vital information. They are a valuable diagnostic tool, which give a window into the health of the internal workings of the body. There are 12 pulse positions to be observed, which is why it can sometimes seem to be taking a little longer than pulse reading in western medical settings.
Do I need to get undressed?
During your appointment you may be asked to undress down to your underwear while I leave the room. Towels are provided so that you can cover yourself before I return to the room. This allows a full body diagnosis and accessibility to the locations of the body needed for treatment, though your comfort levels will always be a priority and any exposure will be explained as the appointment progresses. There are times at follow up appointment where full undressing is not needed, so it is a good idea to wear loose clothing which can be rolled up easily.
How will I feel during a session?
A lot of patients fall asleep on the table, which is a normal response. Once the needles are in, I stop asking questions to allow full relaxation, unless I am administering moxibustion, cupping or massage. However you are able to ask any questions you may have, and let me know if there is anything you need. I will occasionally take pulse readings throughout the session, to assess vital feedback of the effectiveness of the treatment, but will endeavour to do this with minimal disturbance to your treatment time.
How will I feel after a session?
Patients often describe feeling very grounded at the end of a session. Occasionally you may feel lightheaded and a little woozy, although this is normally reported as being very mild and pleasant, and should pass very quickly.
How many treatments will I need?
This is highly individual to each patient, and will be determined after your first consultation. Acupuncture should be thought of as a course of treatment, although I will always endeavour to treat in as few sessions as possible. Often a 6 weekly treatment regime is suggested as this allows the practitioner to build upon previous treatments, although for complex health issues and chronic conditions a longer term of treatment may be needed. Once the symptoms have been treated successfully, there may also be a period of tapering down which can be very effective in maintaining health, and top up treatments with a longer period in between may be suggested. Some patients enjoy acupuncture as a preventive or relaxation treatment and book regular sessions throughout the year to maintain wellbeing.
What kind of Acupuncture do you practice?
I practice Classical Acupuncture which is rooted in ancient traditions, as well as 5 element theory, and Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).
Is Acupuncture safe ?
Yes, in clinical trials acupuncture has been shown to be safe, with few adverse effects when administered by a fully qualified acupuncturist, who can take all contraindications and cautions into account. I am a full member of The British Acupuncture Council, and abide by their strict hygiene protocols.