What happens when I go for treatment?
You will be asked about your current symptoms, what treatment you have received, your medical history, diet, digestive system, sleeping patterns and emotional state. The acupuncturist is also likely to feel your pulses, and may ask to look at your tongue. The needles are then inserted at
certain specific points. Some needles may remain inserted for only a second whilst others remain for in place for longer.
Do you do home visits?
Yes. Please contact me to arrange. The cost is variable depending on location.
What does it feel like?
Acupuncture needles are very fine and are inserted at specific points to guide and move the energy in the body. Once the needle is inserted some people experience mild and temporary sensations of tingling, heaviness, heat or pressure. This is a desirable effect and many people find the treatment deeply relaxing and may drift to sleep.
How many treatments will I need?
Frequency of treatment depends on your individual condition. You should notice improvement within one to three treatments. Treatments are usually weekly at the outset and depending on the response to treatment can then be reduced to fortnightly. Many clients who initially commence treatment due to a specific condition continue to have fortnightly or monthly treatments due to the beneficial effects on their overall well being.
Is it safe?
Acupuncture has a very sound track record. The needles used are single-use, sterile and disposable. This is in compliance with the British Acupuncture Council’s Code of Safe Practice which lays out stringent standards relating to the hygiene of both practice and equipment.
Should my doctor know?
If you are receiving treatment from your doctor then it makes sense to tell him or her about your plans to have acupuncture. The acupuncture treatment may enable you to reduce or even stop taking some forms of medication, but your doctor should be consulted regarding any change of prescription. You should always tell your acupuncturist about any medication you are taking as
this may affect your response to the acupuncture treatment.
Who has acupuncture?
Many people come to acupuncture for help with specific symptoms or conditions. Others choose acupuncture as a preventive measure to strengthen their constitution, or because they just feel generally unwell. Acupuncture is considered suitable for all ages, including babies and children. It can also be used alongside conventional medicine.