Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT WILL HAPPEN ON MY FIRST VISIT?
The first acupuncture consultation will normally take an hour. On your first visit the acupuncturist will need to take a detailed case history to assess your general state of health and to enable them to make an accurate diagnosis and a successful treatment. On this visit examination of tongue and pulse as well as any other appropriate assessments will be made, including blood pressure. You will also be treated on your first appointment.
IS IT SAFE?
Acupuncture has a very safe track record. The needles used are single-use sterile needles and are disposable and very fine which are disposed of immediately in medical containers.
HOW MANY SESSIONS WILL I NEED?
Frequency and length of treatment depends on your individual condition. Some change is usually felt after five treatments, though sometimes only one or two treatments are required. Some patients may need long term treatment. Your acupuncturist will normally ask to see you once a week at first.
SHOULD MY DOCTOR KNOW?
If you have been prescribed medication it makes sense to tell your doctor of your sessions. Your acupuncturist will need to know of any medication you are taking.
WHO CAN BENEFIT?
Everyone can benefit from acupuncture. It is beneficial for a wide range of problems. E mail or call the addresses on the home page and we will be happy to discuss how acupuncture can help you.
HOW CAN I PREPARE FOR A SESSION?
It is best to eat a light meal or snack before your appointment so that your body has energy to work with. Sometimes a person who has not eaten will feel lightheaded or weak when receiving an acupuncture treatment. In this case, inform your practitioner immediately and they will take the appropriate actions. It is best to wear shorts or loose clothing so that the arms and legs below the elbows and knees, as well as the abdomen, are accessible. Do not engage in strenuous activity, drink alcohol, smoke excessively, or ingest heavy meals before or after your treatment. This will allow the body to adjust to the effects of the acupuncture.
DOES IT HURT?
Because the needles are not much thicker than a hair, treatments are usually painless. After the needle is inserted, you may notice a sensation of tingling, heaviness or the movement of energy along the channel pathway. Most patients report feeling relaxed after treatments.