What happens during my first session?
I take a full history of your general health, including careful details of your main complaint. I will examine your tongue, take your pulse and carry out an initial treatment. Your consent will be sought for every procedure, and I will explain everything fully.
I don't like needles... does it hurt?
I use very fine disposable needles and the light insertion is often imperceptible. You will feel a fleeting sensation, often a tingling or a dull ache, and the needles might be withdrawn immediately or left in place for a short time. Acupuncture needles bear no resemblance to the medical syringes used for blood samples and injections.
What will I notice after treatment ? Are ther any side effects ?
After a treatment most people feel calm and relaxed and experience an improvement in their symptoms. Some people respond very quickly to treatment but most of us require a course of treatment, which has a cumulative effect.You may also experience general health benefits, such as: better quality sleep, more energy, improved mood. Very occasionally there is a temporary worsening of symptoms after a treatment, as the body processes the change. If this should happen, I encourage you to let me know, so that I can advise you, and make any necessary adjustment
How many treatment will I need?
I usually suggest 5 or 6 weekly treatments, to allow the effect of treatment to settle, with further treatments at fortnightly or longer intervals if required. Long-term chronic health problems may take longer to show an improvement, and such complaints often benefit from ongoing treatment every two or three months.
Is it safe?
I am a member of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC), whose Code of Safe Practice defines standards of hygiene and safety. The procedures have been approved by the Department of Health and provide protection against the transmission of communicable diseases.The Code can be downloaded from the BAcC website, www.acupuncture.org.uk
Will my health insurance pay?
Many private health insurers cover acupuncture provided by a member of the British Acupuncture Council, but it is wise to check with your own insurer.
What about my prescrition medecine?
You can continue taking it in the usual way. Acupuncture treatment will not interfere with your medication routine.