How does Acupuncture work?
Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body, which follow specific pathways or meridians. The meridians can become blocked or depleted causing ill health. The needles release and restore the free flow of 'Qi' around these pathways. Resulting in cessation of symptoms and better health for the patient. Acupuncture is a holistic or whole body treatment that affects people on an emotional, mental and physical level.
What are the benefits of Acupuncture?
There is a growing body of evidence based research for Acupuncture and the health benefits it brings. A lot of people have Acupuncture to help with specific problems such as Headaches, Osteoarthritis, TMJ and lower back pain or to manage long term health problems such as autoimmune conditions. Sometimes people come with non-specific complaints with the aim of feeling more balanced and better within themselves. For more information on the conditions that Acupuncture can help with please click this link
Does it hurt?
Most people don't feel the needle being inserted as they are very fine in diameter, about the width of a human hair. Some people feel a tingling sensation or a slightly dull ache as the needle connects with the 'Qi' or energy within the meridian.
Is it safe?
Acupuncture is extremely safe if conducted by a fully trained and licensed Acupuncturist. All members of the BAcC are guaranteed to have completed a minimum of 3 years training at degree level. The needles used in treatment are all single use, sterile, prepackaged disposable needles, which minimizes the risk of infection.
Are there any side effects?
Usually people feel energised and more grounded after treatment but sometimes they may feel a bit tired or dizzy. Occasionally a small bruise may appear at the needle site but this should disappear in a day or so.
What should I wear?
Loose fitting, comfortable clothing is best but gowns can be provided for changing into if necessary.
How many sessions will I need?
The number of sessions needed will depend on your condition and how frequently you can come. Patients are usually seen once a week for about four weeks, and then may be seen fortnightly or once a month depending on progress. Patients may need to be seen more regularly for the treatment of some conditions, such as addiction, but this will all be explained at the first consultation.
Can children be treated?
Yes but children under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times. Babies and very young children may be treated with ultra fine needles or acupressure in place of needles.
Does my health insurance cover Acupuncture?
Most health insurance providers will cover Acupuncture if conducted by a qualified member of the BAcC but please check with individual insurers before committing to treatment.