Many people use acupuncture for help with specific symptoms or conditions. Others choose acupuncture as a preventive measure to strengthen their constitution or because they just feel generally unwell.
Who can receive acupuncture treatment?
Acupuncture is considered suitable for all ages including babies, children and the elderly.
How many treatment sessions will I need?
This depends on your individual condition. You may start to feel benefits after one or two treatments. Long-term and chronic conditions may need more time to improve. Acupuncture treatment is also very effective when used to maintain good health. Many people have a treatment session throughout the year at the change of each season.
What does acupuncture treatment feel like?
Most people find acupuncture to be very relaxing. Patients often describe the needle sensation as a tingling or dull ache. This is one of the signs the body's qi, or vital energy, has been stimulated.
How will I feel after acupuncture treatment?
Following treatment you are likely to feel relaxed and calm. If the treatment has been particularly strong you may feel tired or drowsy and it is worth bearing this in mind if you plan to drive or use any other machinery soon afterwards.
Should I tell my GP I am receiving acupuncture treatment?
If you are currently receiving treatment from your doctor it is sensible to mention that you plan to have acupuncture. Your acupuncturist will need to know about any medication you are taking as this may affect your response to the acupuncture treatment.
Should I still take my prescribed medication whilst receiving acupuncture treatment?
Yes. The acupuncture treatment may enable you to reduce or even stop taking some forms of medication but you should always consult your doctor regarding any change of prescription. DO NOT stop taking medication without the guidance of your GP or Consultant.
Is my acupuncture treatment available on the NHS?
Some GP practices offer integrated healthcare with complementary therapies including acupuncture. Many BAcC members work within GP practices and primary care trusts (PCTs). However this is not yet commonplace.
Is my acupuncture treatment covered by my Private Medical Insurance?
That depends upon your insurer. As the demand for complementary medicine increases more private health insurance companies are beginning to offer cover for traditional acupuncture. You should check your individual policy details.
Are the acupuncture needles re-used?
The acupuncture needles are sterile, single-use and disposed of safely after use.