Frequently asked quesions

Questions, concerns and further information

This page should help to answer some of the questions you may have about acupuncture and what to expect. However, if you do have more questions or just want to talk through some concerns, please get in touch to ask and Bryony can help set your mind at ease.

  • What happens during the consultation?
    • At the first session, your full medical history will be discussed and what your wishes are from treatment. We will discuss a possible treatment plan and, if you are happy with it, then you will have your first treatment too. As we consider the whole body in order to assess the root of the imbalances, the questions will usually cover most bodily functions, sleep, diet, mood, etc, and we also look at your tongue and feel your pulse to aid diagnosis. However, at all times your comfort is vital and we will not invade your privacy. All consultations and treatments are strictly confidential.

  • Will it hurt?
    • Most people actually find acupuncture treatments very relaxing. The acupuncture needles are so fine that usually only a slight tingle or dull ache is felt for a few seconds after insertion as the energy/qi is stimulated. A typical treatment then involves 20 minutes of relaxation whilst the needles are in; some people fall asleep!

  • I don’t like needles – any alternatives?
    • We also use acupressure massage to stimulate points, cupping, warming with moxa herbs to move qi, and also ear seeds (placed on the skin). These treatments can be used alongside needling or on their own. Just ask

  • Is it suitable for me?
    • Acupuncture is suitable for most people , whether they have a specific complaint or just wish to boost their general well-being, as it acts to stimulate the body’s own healing process. A full medical history will be taken first and individual suitability discussed, but in general acupuncture is fine during pregnancy, with heart conditions, most medications, etc

  • What conditions can traditional acupuncture help?
  • What will the treatment consist of?
    • Typically you will lie on a couch whilst the needles are inserted and then rest for 20 minutes whilst the energy flows are re-balancing. Loose-fitting clothing is best so that we can easily reach acupuncture points, particularly on the lower legs. We provide large towels if clothing needs to be removed, and be assured that privacy is maintained at all times. Occasionally some acupressure massage, ear seeds, cupping, or warming with a moxa herb will be used if appropriate, but only in agreement with you. Some people may just have these treatments if they are not sure about needles.

  • How will I feel after? Any side effects?
    • Most people feel calm and relaxed. Occasionally a strong treatment can cause drowsiness or an initial headache, so please bear this in mind if driving or rushing back to work etc. Side effects are extremely rare, and may consist of an initial small flare-up of existing symptoms whilst the energy re-balances, or a small bruise at the site of a needle.

  • How many treatments will I need?
    • Usually this will depend on the nature of your complaint, e.g. a long-term health issue may take several treatments over some weeks. An acute problem may be better after just one or two sessions. Typically it would be ideal to see you once or twice a week initially, with longer gaps as the condition improves. Some people come every month or so just for a re-balancing just to maintain good health. Your proposed treatment plan will be discussed with you at the initial consultation, and adapted to suit your needs or wishes.

  • Is it safe?
    • As a member of the British Acupuncture Council we must observe the Code of Safe Practice as approved by the Department of Health. All needles are sterile, disposable single use, and strict hygiene is maintained at all times.

  • Will my health insurer pay for acupuncture?
    • Some Private Health Schemes do cover acupuncture treatment. Do ask your provider. Some guidance can be found on the British Acupuncture Council website.

  • Do I need to tell my doctor/consultant?
    • It is always a good idea to keep your doctor/consultant informed if you are currently receiving treatment from them. It is also useful for us to have a list of any medication you are on at the first appointment. You must continue to take any prescribed medication as usual, but it may be possible that, in agreement with your doctor, we can try to reduce the need for it over time.


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