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Frequently Asked Questions

Should I tell my Doctor that I am coming for acupuncture?

If you are being treated by any other holistic practitioners, medical workers or your GP, please let me know. If you are currently receiving treatment from your doctor it is sensible to mention that you are having acupuncture. It is important for me to know about any medication, supplements or herbal tinctures you are taking as this may affect your response to the acupuncture treatment.

Acupuncture also may enable you to reduce or even stop some forms of medication but this is something your doctor must always be consulted on.

Do I need to be ill to come for treatment?

Acupuncture is first and foremost a preventative medicine. Essentially it is about helping us to maintain balance and harmony and to encourage us to live in accordance with the seasonal cycles and our inner wisdom. Many people who come to acupuncture with a specific physical or emotional issue continue to have quarterly or seasonal acupuncture to maintain wellness after their issue has been resolved. Patients who have had regular acupuncture are more likely to recognise when things are getting out of balance and will have a top-up appointment to restore harmony. If you are feeling reasonably well, but a little out of sorts, it is likely that acupuncture could enhance your overall sense of wellbeing and help you to realise greater personal potential.

How will I feel after a treatment?

Following a treatment, you are likely to feel relaxed and calm. If the treatment has been particularly strong you may feel quite tired or drowsy and this should be considered if you have to drive or operate other machinery soon afterwards. Occasionally there may be a short-term flare up of your symptoms as your Qi clears and resettles.

What will happen on my first visit?

This session usually takes one and half to two hours. This is an opportunity for us to discuss your health and lifestyle and for you to voice any concerns you may have about your situation or the treatment. I will ask you about current symptoms, your medical history and that of your close family and any other treatments you are receiving or have had in the past. We will also discuss your diet and digestive system, sleeping patterns and emotional state so that I can gain an understanding of the best course of action to take during your treatment.

Following our discussion, I will carry out a short physical examination before commencing your acupuncture treatment. This includes taking your wrist pulses, examining your tongue, taking your blood pressure and palpating your abdomen for points of discomfort. I will palpate specific acupuncture points to diagnose any deficiency as well as feeling for any temperature differences on your torso and back for signs of Qi stagnation.

Through this initial information and the sense of your whole health situation, I will decide on a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.

How often will I need treatment?

This varies from patient to patient and depends on the condition to be treated, its severity and how long it has been present. Sometimes change can come about rapidly, but often it can take time to reach the root cause of any imbalance. Generally a course of weekly treatments is recommended to bring about substantial improvements, normally between five and 10 treatments. Further monthly or quarterly top up sessions may be beneficial following the original course. I may ask you to book the first 4 sessions in advance, this is because my clinic books up quickly and I want to make sure that patients are able to get appointments. You can cancel or reschedule these appointments.

What can acupuncture treat?

Acupuncture can be used to alleviate many symptoms of dis-ease or illness, and can treat almost any emotional, spiritual or physical upset. A growing body of evidence-based clinical research has shown that Five Element Acupuncture safely treats a wide range of common health problems. If you are unsure if your ailment or condition can be treated with acupuncture, please get in touch and I’d be happy to discuss this with you.

For research factsheets please refer to the British Acupuncture council website: www.acupuncture.org.uk

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