Acupuncture Frequently Asked Questions
How long does a treatment last?
The first session takes 1.5 – 2 hours. You will be asked questions about your health, life-style, your body systems such as sleep, digestion, circulation etc., your energy levels and well-being. Subsequent treatments last for 45mins to 1hour and require a brief update on your health and well-being.
How many treatments will I need? And how often?
This depends on many factors – how long have you had your condition, the severity of it and your lifestyle. Treatment is usually weekly to start with. Some conditions only need 6/8 treatments whilst others will take longer. As soon as you improve treatments are spaced to longer intervals. Some patients come three or four times per year for a constitutional and preventative treatment to help them maintain their health.
Does it hurt?
A tingle, ache or “fizz” is often felt as the Qi energy is stimulated- this lasts momentarily. Occasionally a small bruise can appear.
Is it safe?
All acupuncturists belong to the BAC which lays down strict codes of practice and ethics. All needles are sterile and disposable.
How will I feel after a treatment?
This may vary. Some people notice a marked improvement in their symptoms straight away whilst others may notice more subtle changes. Many feel an improved sense of well-being.Treatment is cumulative, so benefits increase over time.
If you have had your condition for a long time it may take longer to heal.
How do I find out more?
For a more detailed description of Acupuncture practice, visit the British Acupuncture Councils website at www.acupuncture.org.uk or click on the link below to take you to our frequently asked questions page.
What should I wear?
Loose, comfortable clothing and shoes that can be removed if necessary.
We request that you wear little make-up so we can observe your natural skin colour and no strong perfumes, as these interfere with our diagnostic skills.
How much does it cost?
Please refer to the Clinic price list.
Is my treatment confidential?
Yes, all information given during the course of any of our treatments is treated as strictly confidential. Personal files are only referred to by your practitioner. A copy of your contact details will be kept by reception in compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998.
Do I need to inform my GP before I start treatment?
This is a matter of personal choice. We require the name of your GP for our records but we will not contact him/her without your consent.