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Frequently Asked Questions

What does it feel like?

Many patients are concerned that acupuncture maybe painful but as the needles are flexible and about as thick as two human hairs there is usually only a very slight sensation as it enters the skin. Sometimes patients also feel a dull ache on the acupuncture point but this also only lasts for a few seconds and is generally not considered to be uncomfortable. Many find acupuncture relaxing and feel very calm during and after a treatment; you may also feel a little tired or sleepy so if possible, try to arrange a relatively restful and quiet day, especially for your first treatment.

Is it safe?

Acupuncture is one of the safest medical treatments currently on offer in the UK, in fact in 2001 a number of studies concluded that the risk of serious adverse reaction to acupuncture is less than 1 in 10,000.  Any minor side effects that do occur, such as dizziness or bruising around needle points, are infrequent, mild and self-correcting. To see more information regarding the safety of acupuncture please visit the British Acupuncture Council's website.

What should I excpect in my first treatment?

The consultation followed by the first treatment may take around two hours, but please allow plenty of time. It will be very useful if you keep make up and scented products to a minimum (please do not use perfume), and wear loose, comfortable clothing. Please bring a list of the names/doses of any medications you are taking.

Eating a light meal up to an hour before treatment is advised.

After the treatment some people find that they feel more relaxed, even to the point of being quite sleepy. You should be fine to drive, but please consider alternative transportation if your journey is long.

How many treatments will I need?

This depends on a number of things, for example how long you have had the symptoms.  However, the way you may respond to treatment can be very different to another person.  It would be worth having an initial consultation to discuss your treatment needs.

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