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  • Does acupuncture hurt?
    Generally, no. Acupuncture needles are very fine – roughly an eighth of the width of a hypodermic syringe – so most people don’t feel them being inserted. Occasionally there is a dull ache or tingle, which is a sensation called ‘deqi’. If a needle continues to cause discomfort, you can ask me to adjust or remove it. Acupuncture is about helping you to relax.
  • Where are the acupuncture points?
    There are acupuncture points located all over the body. A lot are interconnected on pathways called meridians that run up and down the body. Some aren't on meridians, and are called ‘extra points’. We can also needle a particular area that is sore, but doesn’t have a specific acupuncture point, in the case of musculoskeletal pain. The most common areas for an acupuncturist to needle is the lower arms and lower legs.
  • Are there any side effects?
    Sometimes a person can feel slightly dizzy or tired for a short while after a treatment. Very occasionally a small bruise may appear at the site where a needle is inserted. I will take a full medical history from you at our first appointment – it is important to tell me any health conditions you may have, and to bring the details of any medication you take. This will help me adjust any treatments accordingly.
  • Is acupuncture safe?
    It is, as long as it is administered by a properly trained practitioner. My acupuncture course entailed 3,600 hours of study, and as a member of the British Acupuncture Council, I adhere to this organisation’s strict code of conduct. I also regularly undertake Continuing Professional Development courses to further my knowledge and broaden my skills.
  • How many sessions of acupuncture will I need?
    This depends on the individual and the condition they are seeking help for. Some people might only need one session, some might need more. Think of acupuncture like a course of antibiotics – as you continue to take the medicine, the effects accumulate. You should normally start to see improvements after roughly three sessions – I encourage new patients to book three appointments as a starter, and we review after that. I offer 10% off the overall price if someone pays for their first three appointments up front.
  • What should I wear?
    Loose clothing that can be pushed up above your elbows and knees – this can reduce the need to remove clothing entirely. However, towels will be provided to cover you, so don’t worry if you’re wearing something different.
  • Is there anything I should do beforehand?
    Have a light snack or meal an hour or two before your appointment. Following your appointment drink plenty of water, and avoid vigorous exercise and alcohol. You may feel a little tired or sleepy afterwards – please be aware of this if you are planning on driving or operating heavy machinery.
  • Can I claim the cost of your treatments back through my health insurance?
    Maybe. You can check directly with your provider, as every policy is different.
  • Can I have acupuncture if I am pregnant?
    Absolutely, it can be a great resource to help support you through these physically and mentally demanding months.
  • I am already undergoing treatment/taking medicine for a condition. Am I still able to have acupuncture?
    You can – acupuncture is a complementary medicine, meaning it works alongside other modalities. It can be beneficial in supporting someone going through fertility treatment, or can help address side effects from cancer treatments, for instance.
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