How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncturists insert very fine needles at precisely located points to connect with your body’s qi. They will decide which points are right for you after a detailed consultation covering every aspect of your health and lifestyle.
The aim is to direct the flow of the qi to trigger your body’s healing response and to restore physical, emotional and mental equilibrium. Treatment is designed to affect your whole being as well as your symptoms.
So, as the condition being treated improves, you may notice other health problems resolve and an increased feeling of well-being.
Is acupuncture safe?
The results of two independent surveys published in the British Medical Journal in 2001, (MacPherson et al, White et al, BMJ September 2001).
Concluded, that the risk of serious adverse reaction to acupuncture is less than 1 in 10,000.
The needles used are single-use, sterile and disposable.
Does acupuncture hurt?
Acupuncture needles are so fine that most people don’t feel them being inserted. It is normal to feel a mild tingle or dull ache as the acupuncturist adjusts the needle to direct qi.
While the needles are in place most people feel deeply relaxed which can continue after they are removed.
Are there any side effects?
Occasionally a small bruise can appear at a needle site. Sometimes people can feel dizzy or tired after a treatment but this passes quickly.
How many sessions will I need?
Frequency and number of sessions depend on your individual condition.
Some change is usually felt within five or six treatments, although occasionally just one or two treatments are sufficient.
Some people choose to have regular acupuncture to maintain good health.