What are my qualifications?
I am a member of the British Acupuncture Council and therefore bound by their strict codes of ethics and practise. I hold a Licentiate in Acupuncture from the London College of Traditional Acupuncture after 3 years training and a BA degree in Acupuncture also.
Who has traditional acupuncture?
It is suitable for all ages including babies, children and the elderly and can be used alongside conventional medicine.
What happens during my first consultation?
This consultation will last up to 1 hour and subsequent sessions last up to 45 minutes. The purpose of this consultation is to gather information such as medical history, medication taken, symptoms of condition, lifestyle, diet etc.
As part of the consultation I will look at your tongue and feel your pulses this forms part of our diagnosis and then formulate an individualised treatment plan. At the end of the session you will receive a treatment.
How many sessions will I need?
That depends on your condition, I usually recommend a course of 6 sessions and then review, however, for some acute conditions the effects of the treatment are dramatic and only a few treatments are required, while chronic longstanding conditions will require more sessions. Once your health has stabilised you may wish to have top-up treatments as maintenance or as a preventative measure.
What does it feel like?
Most people find acupuncture to be relaxing. Patients often describe the needle sensation as tingling or a dull ache.
I’m scared of needles – can I still have acupuncture?
Yes, the needles are very fine unlike hypodermic needles used for injections or blood tests and you may not feel them being inserted.
What should I do before a treatment session?
Try not to have a meal at least 1 hour before a treatment session and if possible wear loose clothing.
How will I feel after a treatment session?
Patients usually real relaxed and calm. If you feel drowsy or tired you need to be mindful of this if you plan to drive or operate machinery soon afterwards.
Are there any unpleasant side effects?
Acupuncture has virtually no unpleasant side effects, however occasionally it may cause bruising at the needle point or a short term flare up of your symptoms.
Should I tell my doctor that I’m having acupuncture?
If you are currently receiving medication from your doctor it is sensible to mention that you plan to have acupuncture. As a matter of recourse and with your consent I will write to your doctor to inform them that you are having acupuncture. I will need to know what medication you are taking.
Should I still take my prescribed medication while I’m having a course of acupuncture?
Yes. The acupuncture treatment may enable you to reduce or even stop taking some forms of medication but you should always consult your doctor regarding any changes.
I have private medical insurance will it cover the cost of my treatment?
That depends upon your insurer; it is wise to check the criteria that must be met for reimbursement.