Frequently Asked Questions
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments you will require will depend on how long you have had your condition/injury. For example - a chronic condition can sometimes take longer to treat than an acute injury. As part of your treatment plan, your practitioner will discuss with you how many treatments will be required for optimal health.
Is Acupuncture safe?
Acupuncture is one of the safest medical treatments, both conventional and complementary, on offer in the UK. Two surveys conducted independently of each other and published in the British Medical Journal in 2001 concluded that the risk of a serious adverse reaction to acupuncture is less than 1 in 10,000. This is far less than many orthodox medical treatments. One survey was of traditional acupuncturists and the other of doctors who practise acupuncture. A total of 66,000 treatments were reviewed, altogether with only a handful of minor and transient side effects recorded.
A 2003 survey of 6,000 patients of acupuncture produced almost identical figures.
There are very few side effects from acupuncture when practised by a fully qualified practitioner of traditional acupuncture. Any minor side effects that do occur, such as dizziness or bruising around needle points, are mild and self-correcting.
Trish is a licensed Acupuncturist (Lic.Ac.) and member of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) who ensure that all members have a BSc (Hons) degree in Chinese medicine, traditional acupuncture and Western biomedical sciences and are compliant with the BAcC code of safe practice and code of professional conduct. BAcC members will have the letters MBAcC after their name.
Does Acupuncture hurt?
The needles used during treatment are as fine as a strand of human hair and you will barely feel them being inserted. Once the needle begins to influence the Qi (energy) of the body - a tingling sensation, dull ache or numbness may be experienced, but no pain. This is perfectly normal feeling, which releases endorphins.
Can I use Acupuncture as a preventative measure?
Absolutely. Acupuncture is an excellent preventative health care measure. Keeping healthy is very important in today's demanding world.
Are my treatments kept confidential?
Always. Your personal information is treated in the strictest confidence in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.
Is Acupuncture safe during pregnancy?
Acupuncture is fantastic for use during pregnancy. Please inform your practitioner if you are pregnant or trying for a baby, as some points are contra-indicated in pregnancy.
How should I prepare for my treatment?
Please wear loose and comfortable clothing. Eat a snack or light meal before your treatment and refrain from alcohol.
How will I feel after my first treatment?
Most patients feel very relaxed or energised after treatment. However, some feel quite tired especially after the first treatment.