Frequently Asked Questions About Acupuncture

How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture helps by enabling the individual’s Qi (your body’s vital energy) to flow and move more freely and smoothly to all areas of the body and mind thus helping to maintain both physical and emotional harmony.  Qi can get blocked by physical  or emotional trauma, poor diet, overwork or environmental factors.

Acupuncture works by inserting fine single use  needles at specific points along the meridians and channels on the body. This encourages the body’s own healing response to restore the body’s equilibrium by moving or redirecting Qi. As acupuncture often addresses the root cause of your complaint, it is not unusual for you to experience other health improvements



Can Acupuncture help me?

Acupuncture can help with a wide range of conditions both physical and emotional:

  • allergies/asthma
  • anxiety/depression
  • acute/chronic pain
  • arthritis/joint pain
  • back/neck pain
  • carpal tunnel syndrome
  • constipation/diarrhoea
  • colds/coughs
  • dizziness
  • drug/alcohol/smoking addiction
  • effects of chemotherapy
  • frozen shoulder
  • gastrointestinal disorders
  • headaches/migraines
  • infertility
  • insomnia
  • menopausal symptoms
  • musculoskeletal injuries
  • sciatica
  • sinusitis
  • stress
  • tendonitis
  • tennis elbow

This is not a comprehensive list. For more information on what conditions acupuncture can help with  and latest research please visit the website of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC).

Studies have shown that Acupuncture can often help where other therapies have failed. In acute conditions it may be possible to completely eliminate the symptoms while in more chronic conditions it may be more realistic to manage and improve the symptoms which  may require ongoing treatment over a longer period of time.

If you are unsure as to whether acupuncture can hep you or  have any concerns or queries please contact me  to discuss prior to booking an appointment.


Is Acupuncture safe?

The British Medical Journal (2001) published  the results of two surveys concluding that the risk of serious reactions to acupuncture is rare. The needles used are single use, sterile and disposable. There are times when acupuncture is not advised, for example if somebody is on anticoagulant therapy  or has a high blood pressure and has not sought medical advise. There are also conditions when certain acupuncture points are not needled and other types of therapy, like moxibustion are not allowed.  As a member of the British Acupuncture Council I follow a strict Code of Safe Practice and Code of Professional Conduct.


What to expect?

The needles used are very fine , sterile  and single use. The sensation of acupuncture is often described as numb, tingling, warming, pulling  or dull. I recommend avoiding alcohol, coffee or eating a heavy meal before a treatment, however it’s best not to come on an empty stomach. Eating a small snack 11/2-2hours prior to treatment is advisable.  Wear comfortable clothes and try to create space in your schedule, avoiding vigorous exercise immediately following your appointment. While some people feel tired and sleepy following a treatment others feel energised.

How many sessions will I need?

This depends very much on your individual circumstances. The number of sessions required will depend on whether your condition is acute or chronic, and on how quickly your body responds to treatment. This is discussed during the initial consultation where I work with each individual to construct a workable treatment plan.