FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: Why Choose Acupuncture?
- • Extremely effective for pain relief.
- • Can be safely used in conjunction with medication.
- • Can treat numerous conditions.
- • Treats and re-balances the whole body (both mind and body).
- • Natural. No risk of addiction or side effects.
- • Speeds up recovery times.
- • Every person’s treatment is tailored specifically for them.
- • Many find it very relaxing.
- • Acupuncture is recognised by VHI, LAYA, AVIVA, HSF Health Plan.
Q: Will Acupuncture Hurt?
The needles used for acupuncture are extremely fine (hair like). In many instances the patient feels little or no discomfort. A sensation can be felt this is known as the qi. However, each individual is unique and therefore different.
Q: What will a visit to clinic involve?
No person is identical therefore no treatment is the same. Some cases will require a detailed case history to get to the root of the problem, while others will simply involve a brief review of your medical history followed by an examination and treatment. When a full case history is required, I will go through a number of questions with you regarding medical history, lifestyle, diet etc. I will also carry out a pulse and tongue examination. This will provide me with the information needed to diagnose your case with regard to TCM. Then your treatment will follow with the insertion of extremely fine sterile needles (disposable) into meridians (pathways) which help the flow of energy in the body. The use of additional TCM techniques may be added, please review treatments available for further information. During a treatment in the clinic a number of different techniques may be used such as electro-acupuncture, cupping, tuina massage, auricular (ear) acupuncture, moxibustion or the use of a heat lamp.
Q: Are the needles safe?
Yes. All needles used are sterile, used once and disposed of clinically.
Q: How many treatments will I need?
Again, this depends on your specific case. Some patients will only require one or two treatments, while other patients will require a longer term plan. This will be discussed with you during your consultation.
Q: If I am currently on medication can I have acupuncture?
Yes. Acupuncture is safe in combination with medication.
Q: How long will a treatment take?
This depends greatly on the complaint. If a full case history is required it could take up to 1 hour 15 minutes, this is a once off requirement. Follow up appointments should take approximately 30 minutes. If a quick medical history is required followed by an examination and treatment this should take approximately 45 minutes, with follow up appointments taking approximately 30 minutes also.