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FAQs

Who has acupuncture?

Many people use acupuncture for help with specific symptoms or conditions. Others choose acupuncture as a preventive measure to strengthen their constitution or because they just feel generally unwell. Acupuncture is considered suitable for all ages including babies, children and the elderly. It can be very effective when integrated with conventional medicine.

How many sessions will I need?

This is directly dependant on the length and severity of the condition; more acute recent problems can require fewer treatments than long term chronic problems. Normally you are recommended to visit your acupuncturist once or twice a week at first, although some conditions may need less frequent attention. Sometimes the effects of the treatment are dramatic, and only one or two treatments are required. With other patients, the effects are more subtle and they may need treatment over several months. Your age, constitution and general state of health will also be a factor. Dietary, exercise or life-style recommendations given during the treatment should be followed to help achieve best results.

Acupuncture is a holistic treatment, so the aim is to address symptoms as quickly as possible and restore overall well-being. Many people find that symptoms other than one they came for treatment for are also relieved.

Once your health has stabilised you may need top-up treatments every few weeks to maintain your well- being and alleviate stress. Traditional acupuncture is also very effective when used as preventive healthcare and many people like to go for a ‘returning’ session at the change of each season throughout the year.

What does it feel like?

Most people find acupuncture to be very relaxing. Patients often describe the needle sensation as a tingling or dull ache. This is one of the signs the body’s qi, or vital energy, has been stimulated.

Needles are inserted either for a second or two, or left in place for up to 20 minutes, depending on the effect required. During treatment, patients commonly experience a heaviness in the limbs or a pleasant feeling of relaxation.

The most commonly used points are on the arms and the legs.

I’m scared of needles - can I still have acupuncture?

Yes. Acupuncture needles are very much finer than the needles used for injections and blood tests, usually 0.12- 0.3mm thick. You may not even feel them penetrate the skin and once in place they are hardly noticeable.

What should I do before a treatment?

Try not to have a large meal within an hour of your appointment as the process of digestion will alter the pattern of your pulse, and you may need to lie on your stomach. You should also avoid alcohol and food or drink that colours your tongue such as coffee or strong tea. It is a good idea to wear loose-fitting clothes so that the acupuncture points, especially those on your lower limbs, are easily accessible.

How will I feel after a treatment?

You are likely to feel relaxed and calm. If the treatment has been particularly strong you may feel tired or drowsy and it is worth bearing this in mind if you plan to drive or use any other machinery soon afterwards.

The response to acupuncture treatment is highly individual; many patients report a dreamy sense of relaxed well-being and elation. At other times you may feel quite uplifted. And as the course of treatment progresses and the Qi in the body flows you will steadily develop a sense of balance and well-being.

Are there any unpleasant side effects?

Acupuncture has virtually no unpleasant side effects. Any that do occur are mild and self-correcting. Occasionally there may be minor bruising at the needle point or a short-term flare-up of your symptoms as your Qi clears and resettles.

Should I tell my doctor that I’m having acupuncture?

If you are currently receiving treatment from your doctor it is sensible to mention that you plan to have acupuncture. Your acupuncturist will need to know about any medication you are taking as this may affect your response to the acupuncture treatment.

Should I continue with my prescribed medication while undergoing a course of acupuncture treatment?

Yes. The acupuncture treatment may enable you to reduce or even stop taking some forms of medication but you should always consult your doctor regarding any change of prescription. DO NOT stop taking medication without professional guidance.

I have private medical insurance - will it cover the cost of my treatment?

That depends upon your insurer. As the demand for complementary medicine increases more private health insurance companies are beginning to offer cover for traditional acupuncture. You should check your individual policy details.

Is it safe?

Acupuncture has a very sound track record. The needles used are single-use, sterile and disposable. Responses to treatment can sometimes include tiredness or mild dizziness, and on occasion minor bruising may occur. However, all such reactions are short-lived.

(British Acupucture Council)

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Therapeia Natural Health Clinic
27 Buckingham Road
Shoreham By Sea
BN43 5UA

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