What happens when I go for treatment?

I use a number of different diagnostic methods to get a complete picture of your health and lifestyle, including taking a full case history, reading your pulses, and looking at your tongue.  Based on this information, I will make a diagnosis and put together your personal treatment plan.  Acupuncture points are selected according to your symptoms. The single-use sterile needles come in sealed packs: they will be opening in front of you and are safely disposed of after each treatment.

What does in feel like?

Acupuncture needles are much finer than needles used for injections and blood tests.  When the needle is inserted you may feel a tingling sensation or dull ache.

Is it safe?

The result of two independent surveys published in the British Medical Journal in 2001 (MacPherson et al, White et al, both September 2001) concludes that the risk of serious adverse reaction to acupuncture is less than 1 in 10,000.  The needles used are single-use, sterile and disposable.  Response to treatment can sometimes include tiredness or mild dizziness, and very occasionally minor bruising may occur, all such reaction are short-lived.

Should my doctor know?

If you have been prescribed medication I recommend you tell your doctor that you are planning to have acupuncture.  Do not stop taking your medication.  Please always tell me about your medication and supplements your are taking as this may affect your response to the acupuncture treatment. It is nothing to worry about as I am trained to recognise potentially serious underlying health conditions and may refer you to your GP if I consider it appropriate.

How many sessions will I need?

A typical course of treatment would initially be four weekly treatments followed by fortnightly intervals and then perhaps proceeding to a monthly basis with an aim to treat occasionally thereafter if it is needed. Fo an acute problem, four treatments may be all that is needed, but some conditions may take longer to treat and this will be explained at your first consultation.