Here are a few of the most common questions you may want to ask before visiting. If you have any further questions, then please do not hesitate to contact Annabel, and she will be happy to talk to you.
Does acupuncture hurt?
Acupuncture rarely causes pain, but you may get a sensation such as a dull ache, warmth, or tingling on insertion of a needle. Your practitioner may create the sensation of a dull ache, by manipulating the needle, it’s called ‘de qi’ – these are all positive sensations.
How many treatments will I need?
This varies from person to person, but a course of at least 6 regular treatments is usually recommended for most conditions. Patients then move onto a maintenance or top up treatment every 4 to 8 weeks.
How much does it cost?
£50 initial consultation 1.5 – 2 hours
£40 per treatment 45 mins to 1 hour
What can I expect during a treatment?
A warm welcome! New patients often feel nervous and are not sure what to expect at a treatment which is natural. During the first consultation a full medical history will be taken, along with a list of any medications you are taking. Your practitioner will also ask about diet and lifestyle, look at your tongue and take your pulse. All of the above will help your practitioner make a diagnosis from a Chinese Medicine perspective so they can put together the best treatment plan for you. You will then have an acupuncture treatment which will be fully explained to you. A good practitioner will explain each aspect of the consultation to put you at ease.
What can I expect after a treatment?
A lot of people find acupuncture relaxing and calming. You may feel tired after the treatment so keep this in mind if you are driving or have a long journey to make. Avoid drinking alcohol or vigorous exercise for a few hours after treatment.
Are there any negative side effects?
Acupuncture has few side effects. You may experience some soreness, bruising or muscle twitches after a treatment, but this does not happen to every patient.
How does acupuncture fit in with my current medical care?
Acupuncture fits in very well alongside current medical care. At no point will you be asked to stop any of your medicines or treatment. If you’ve recently had surgery or are worried if you can have acupuncture, speak to a medical professional.
How does acupuncture work?
Chinese Medicine recognises pain and illness as a blockage of energy or imbalance of energy in the body. Acupuncture works by unblocking stuck energy along the channel to promote healing and optimum wellbeing.
I’m pregnant, can I still have acupuncture?
Yes. There are certain points that are not used in pregnancy, so it is important to tell your practitioner on your first visit if you are pregnant or trying to conceive.
How do I make an appointment?
You can find out more or make an appointment by contacting Annabel via text, phone, email or through social media.