What does a typical acupuncture treatment involve?
You will undergo a discussion about your symptoms and how they affect you. This will include questions about your general wellbeing and may include looking at your tongue and taking your pulse. Once you have signed a consent form, you will then be given an acupuncture treatment.
Is Acupuncture painful?
No. The needles are inserted quickly into the skin using a guide tube. This is usually painless, but can occasionally give a very mild pin-prick sensation as the needle enters the skin. Once the needles are inserted there is no pain associated with acupuncture treatment.
What will I feel?
The acupuncture sensation is very different from pricking yourself with a needle! It has been described as a tingling or feeling of numbness around the needle site. Following treatment most people report feeling relaxed.
Is it safe and are there any side effects?
High standards of hygiene are maintained at all times. The needles are sterile and single-use only. There are very few side effects associated with acupuncture as it uses the body’s own pain-relieving systems to achieve an effect. The needles do not contain any other substances.
Sometimes patients can feel sleepy after treatment and occasionally the needle site can develop a small bruise that resolves very quickly. These effects will be discussed in detail with you before you consent to Acupuncture treatment.