What will it feel like?
The needles are ultra fine and are usually painless on insertion. Once the needle has connected with your Qi (or energy) you may feel a variety of sensations near the needle. Some people describe this sensation as warm, pulling, tingley or tugging. Some people also feel this sensation away from the needle and understand it to be a positive sign for treatment. Each person’s experience will be slightly different.
What sort of needles do you use?
As members of the British Acupuncture Council, we practice clean needle technique and use high quality, ultra fine, sterile, single use acupuncture needles. Once a needle has been used it is immediately disposed of in a sharps box.
How many treatments will I need?
This will vary for everyone. An improvement in symptoms are usually seen by the fourth or fifth treatment, but for some people the improvements begin after the first treatment. Treatments are once a week to begin with and as symptoms are relieved and the patient feels better in themselves, the treatments are spaced further apart to fortnightly.
How will I feel after my treatment?
The body can be running on empty and once acupuncture returns the body to balance a deep sense of needing to rest and relax may happen. It is important to listen to your body and nurture this need for recuperation. The treatment can also release energy from within the body, and you may feel refreshed and energised.
How do I need to prepare for the treatment?
It is important to make sure you have eaten on the day of your treatment, but try to leave at least an hour of going without food before your treatment. It’s best not to drink alcohol or too much coffee on the day of treatment.