Frequently asked questions
Does acupuncture hurt?
Acupuncture consists of the gentle insertion of fine, single use, sterile needles. As the acupuncture needles are so tiny most of them can’t be felt. On some points you may feel a sensation of “qi” which is the energy of the body moving and this sensation quickly settles.
How long is a treatment?
Each treatment takes between 50 and 60 minutes. It is best to allow the needles to work on bringing about change by leaving them in place for 30 to 40 minutes.
How many treatments will I need?
It depends on what the problem is and also on how long you have had it. The longer you’ve been out of balance, the longer it will take to bring you back to health. People respond at different rates but most patients feel a reduction in symptoms within the first one to three sessions.
What should I wear?
Wear something comfortable and loose enough to allow access to your lower legs and your arms. Don't worry if you forget and arrive in the wrong clothes I keep a wrap for just this situation.
Are there any contraindications?
It is important to tell your acupuncturist if you are taking warfarin or any other anti-coagulants so that cautions can be taken. Acupuncture is perfectly safe during pregnancy and can be a very good support for a healthy pregnancy. It is important to advise your practitioner if you are pregnant so that the treatment can be modified accordingly. Also notify your practitioner if you suffer from a condition transmissible by blood (HIV/AIDS, hepatitis) or have a pacemaker.