FAQ: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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Probably the most common question is: Does Acupuncture hurt?

Generally the answer is no. Many people fall asleep during Acupuncture – It’s relaxing. Quite often you won’t feel the needle go in – they are 0.2mm in diameter. Sometimes it might be a little uncomfortable. Sometimes there will be a short sharp jab – gone in a second. The sensation can vary due to your condition eg. tight muscles can feel more of a pressure during insertion.

What can Acupuncture treat?

Acupuncture acts in a regulatory way, so it will influence the body to allow it to engage its own innate/natural healing function. So really it can be beneficial for almost anything. Most people know about its use for pain conditions. Regulating circulation of blood and fluids influences things such as stress, menstruation, digestion, sleep, hormones and emotions and moods.

How many treatments will I need?

This will depend on your condition. Acupuncture is a cumulative treatment and a better response is felt/seen when the first few treatments are only a few days apart. On average an acute condition should respond in 4-6 treatments, while chronic conditions may take 6-10 treatments. Many people use acupuncture as a monthly maintenance once their condition has been managed.

How long is the treatment?

The first session can be up to 1.5hrs to allow time to collect your history. Follow up treatments are 45mins-1hr. Often I will treat points on both sides of the body so 20mins on each side is most common.

What is the most common thing treated?

I’d say the top five conditions I see are: low back pain, frozen shoulder, stress, menopause, neck pain with headaches, periods/fertility.

Are the needles new or reused?

The needles are single-use and sterile, meaning you get your own from a new packet then I dispose of them.

What is cupping?

Creating a vacuum within circular glass or plastic cups and applying it to your skin which then pulls the skin/muscle up/out. It’s like a massage in reverse – pulling instead of pushing. Cupping helps to move blood and fluid through the tissues. It can leave slight bruising.

Do Chinese Herbs taste bad?

I supply herbal formulas in capsule form so you don’t taste them at all.