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Frequently asked question about Acupuncture

Does Acupuncture hurt?

The insertion of the needle is painless but you can sometimes experience a slight sensation and a different sensation when it reaches the acupuncture point. It is described in various ways such as slight pulling, twirling, distending, or the needle being grabbed. As the acupuncture needles are very fine, specially made to go through the skin as smoothly as possible as they don’t ‘have a hollow with an oblique end which cuts through the skin like the medical needle, it doesn’t feel anything like an injection. Sometimes heat is applied directly to the point or to the ends of needles and gives a pleasant sensation of warmth on the skin/ around the needle.


Is Acupuncture safe?

There is no risk of infection from the treatments as the needles are sterile, single-use and made of high quality stainless steel. The treatment is carried out following clear standards relating to hygiene and safety which have been approved by the Department of Health. Cristina is a member of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) Medical Acupuncture Society and adheres to their strict codes of Safe Practice and Professional Conduct.


How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments needed varies from person to person. For complex or long-standing conditions more treatments are recommended which will be usually weekly for the first 4–6 weeks, with the time between treatments extending as the symptons reduce. For acute problems, usually fewer visits are required.


Are there any side effects?

Acupuncture does not have side effects like drugs. Occasionally there can be a reaction and in the short term (hours, days) the symptoms may get worse as the treatment gradually rebalances the system. General changes in energy level, appetite, sleep, digestion and emotional state may be triggered. These should not cause concern, as they are simply indications that the acupuncture is starting to work. Immediately after the first one or two treatments they may be a feeling of deep relaxation or mild disorientation. If experienced, this passes quickly, aided by a little rest.


How should I prepare for the treatment?

Dress comfortably, wearing something that offers easy access to the lower limbs where there are commonly used acupuncture points. Try not to have a large meal within an hour of your appointment as the process of digestion will alter the pattern of your pulse. You should also avoid alcohol and food or drink that colours your tongue.