What will happen when I go for acupuncture?

An initial consultation and short ‘taster’ treatment will take one hour. During that time Verity will take a complete medical history, read your pulses, look at your tongue, and may examine the site of your symptoms. Your individual treatment plan will be based on your state of health and lifestyle. Verity will decide which combination of acupuncture points is right for you and insert acupuncture needles to affect your whole body as well as your symptoms. The single-use sterile needles come in sealed packs that are opened in front of you and are safely disposed of after each treatment. Subsequent sessions last up to one hour, but include a longer treatment time.

What do acupuncture needles feel like?

Acupuncture needles are so fine that many people don’t feel them being inserted. It is normal to feel a mild tingle or dull ache after they are inserted. Many people feel deeply relaxed during the treatment.

How many treatments will I need?

Weekly sessions are quite usual to begin with, for perhaps six to eight treatments, reducing in frequency as your body responds. Verity will suggest how often you should come for treatment.

Does acupuncture work?

Evidence of the effectiveness of acupuncture is growing and researchers are finding new ways of measuring the body’s responses. To date the main focus of research has been on pain management. You can find out more about the latest acupuncture research at acupuncture.org.uk.

Is acupuncture safe?

Definitive surveys in the UK and Germany concluded that when practised by properly trained qualified traditional acupuncturists, such as Verity, the risk of serious adverse events from acupuncture is extremely low.

Are there any side effects?

Sometimes a small bruise may appear after a needle is removed. Occasionally people can feel tired or dizzy for a brief time after treatment.

Should my doctor know?

If you have been prescribed medication it is recommended that you tell your doctor that you are planning to have acupuncture. Do not stop taking your medication. You should always tell Verity about any medication and supplements you are taking as this may affect your response to the acupuncture treatment. Verity may refer you to your GP if she considers it appropriate.

 

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