What does an acupuncture session involve?

An initial consultation and short ‘taster’ treatment will take one hour. During that time Verity will use a number of diagnostic methods to get a complete picture of your health and lifestyle, including taking a full medical history, reading your pulses, and looking at your tongue. Based on this information, she will make a diagnosis and agree a personal treatment plan with you. Acupuncture points are selected according to your symptoms. The single-use sterile needles come in sealed packs: they will be opened in front of you and are safely disposed of after each treatment. Cupping and moxa therapy may also be used.

Subsequent sessions last up to one hour, but include a longer treatment time.

What does it feel like?

Acupuncture needles are much finer than needles used for injections and blood tests. When the needle is inserted you may feel a tingling sensation or dull ache.

Is it safe?

The results of two independent surveys published in the British Medical Journal in 2001 (MacPherson et al, White et al, both BMJ September 2001) concluded that the risk of serious adverse reaction to acupuncture is less than 1 in 10,000. The needles used are single-use, sterile, and disposable. Responses to treatment can sometimes include tiredness or mild dizziness, and very occasionally minor bruising may occur. However, all such reactions are short-lived.

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.

How many sessions will I need?

Frequency and number of sessions depend on your individual condition. Some change is usually felt within five or six treatments, although occasionally just one or two treatments are sufficient. Some people choose to have regular acupuncture to maintain good health.

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