Who has acupuncture?
Many people come to acupuncture for help with specific symptoms or to relieve specific pains, like osteoarthritis of the knee. Some use acupuncture because they feel generally unwell but have no obvious diagnosis. Others choose acupuncture simply to enhance their feeling of wellbeing. Acupuncture is considered suitable for all ages including babies and children. It can be used effectively alongside conventional medicine.
What happens when I go for treatment?
Lynne will use a number of different 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, Lynne makes a diagnosis and puts together your personal treatment plan for you. This plan is bespoke, so it may not conform to what a friend would be prescribed if they came for a separate consultation. 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.
Is acupuncture safe?
Acupuncture is extremely 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, such reactions are short-lived.
Quite often you can feel a little tired or drowsy after treatment – but a little sit down in our waiting room will usually allow this feeling to pass.
Should I inform my doctor?
If you have been prescribed medication, we recommend you tell your doctor that you are planning to have acupuncture. Do not stop taking your medication. You should always tell your acupuncturist about any medication and supplements you are taking, as this may affect your response to the acupuncture treatment. BAcC acupuncturists are trained to recognise potentially serious underlying health conditions and may refer you to your GP if they consider it appropriate.
In your first consultation, Lynne will take a full medical history and you will be asked to note down any medication that you have recently been taking or are currently on prescription for. You will also be asked to inform Lynne of any herbal or homeopathic medicine you may be taking.
How many sessions will I need?
The frequency and number of sessions required depends on your individual condition. Some change is usually felt within five or six treatments, although occasionally just one or two are sufficient. Some people choose to have regular acupuncture to maintain good health. The choice is yours. Lynne will advise the expected number of treatments as part of your initial consultation and ensure that it works with your schedule.