Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How should I prepare for my acupuncture treatment?
A: It is not recommended to receive treatment if you are very hungry and/or extremely tired. You should also avoid alcohol, and food or drinks which colour your tongue, such as coffee, immediately prior to treatment as this will alter the pattern of your pulse. Therefore, patients should have a small meal or snack before the appointment and wear comfortable clothing. Please let me know if you are pregnant, have high blood pressure or have a pacemaker so appropriate acupuncture points can be selected. In addition, please have list of any medications you are taking.

Q: What can I expect at my first treatment?
A: Your first appointment will last 1 hour, during which I shall ask a lot of questions about your current symptoms as well as your general health (past and present), digestion, sleeping patterns and mood. This will be followed by an acupuncture treatment. Subsequent consultations will be of 45 minutes, all treatments include the taking of your pulses and an examination of your tongue. If you are coming for an injury or back pain there may be a physical examination of the relevant area. The number of needles required and the length of time that they are retained will vary according to the diagnosis, your condition and your constitution.

Q: Do the needles hurt?
Acupuncture needles are very, very fine, so the procedure bears absolutely no resemblance to an injection or a blood test. There can be a sensation of tingling, warmth, numbness or heaviness at the insertion point but most patients find that there is no discomfort.

Q: How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments needed varies from person to person. Important factors include the duration and severity of your health condition as well as consistency of treatment. Two to three treatments may be sufficient to treat an acute condition and a longer series of treatments may be needed to resolve a more chronic condition. I will constantly monitor and review your progress with you.

Q: Should I continue with my prescribed medication while undergoing a course of acupuncture treatment?
Yes, at least until you have discussed this with your doctor or the practitioner who prescribed the medication. Many people seek the help of an acupuncturist because of dissatisfaction with drug treatment or because the side effects are unacceptable. DO NOT stop taking any medication without professional guidance. You should always consult your doctor regarding any change of prescription.

Q: Why should I go to a BAcC member?
BAcC members have an extensive training in acupuncture (to undergraduate degree level) and in biomedical sciences appropriate to the practice of acupuncture in the UK. Members are bound by strict codes of professional conduct and safe practice. Therefore excellence is guaranteed in 3 main areas:- Training: 3 Year undergraduate degree level training
Safe Practice: standards are drawn up in consultation with international experts
Ethical Behaviour: rules are monitored and enforced with the help of experienced practitioners and independent non-acupuncturists

Q: How will I feel after acupuncture?
This will vary for each patient, you will probably feel rather relaxed and calm. If the treatment has been particularly strong you could feel quite tired or drowsy for a few hours, and you should take this into account if you are planning to drive or use machinery. Occasionally there may be a short-term flair-up of your symptoms as your Qi clears and resettles itself, however, this is rare.

Cancelation policy. Please give 24 hours notice if you need to reschedule or cancel an appointment. Full price of the appointment is required for missed or late cancellations.