Frequently Asked Questions:
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is one of the longest established forms of healthcare in the world. Acupuncturists are trained to use subtle diagnostic techniques that have been developed and refined for thousands of years. The focus is on you as an individual, not your illness, and all symptoms are seen in relation to each other. Treatment involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body to affect the flow of your body’s qi, or vital energy.
Members of the British Acupuncture Council practice the traditional acupuncture modality.
How does Acupuncture work?
Acupuncturists insert very fine needles at precisely located points to connect with your body’s Qi. They will decide which points are right for you after a detailed consultation covering every aspect of your health and lifestyle. The aim is to direct the flow of qi to trigger your body’s healing response and to restore physical, emotional and mental equilibrium. Treatment is designed to affect your whole being as well as your symptoms so, as the condition being treated improves, you may notice other health problems resolve and an increased feeling of wellbeing. But, we don’t always use needles and you may find that some of the other therapies traditionally used by acupuncturists suit your condition better.
Where are the acupuncture points?
Acupuncture points are located at precise places along interconnected pathways that map the whole body, including the head, trunk and limbs. The most commonly used acupuncture points are on the lower arms and legs.
What are the benefits of acupuncture?
A growing body of evidence-based clinical research is discovering how the body responds to acupuncture and its benefits for a wide range of common health conditions. A lot of people have acupuncture to relieve specific aches and pains, such as osteoarthritis of the knee, TMJ, headaches and lower back pain, or for common health problems like an overactive bladder. Other people choose acupuncture when they can feel their bodily functions are out of balance, but they have no obvious diagnosis. And many have regular treatments because they find it so beneficial and relaxing. For more information about the evidence-based clinical research visit www.acupuncture.org.uk.
Does acupuncture hurt?
Acupuncture needles are so fine that most people don’t feel them being inserted. They are many times finer than the usual injection needle. It is normal to feel a mild tingle or dull ache as the acupuncturist adjusts the needle to direct Qi. While the needles are in place most people feel deeply relaxed which can continue after they are removed.
Is acupuncture safe?
All BAaC Acupuncturists are trained to make acupuncture as safe as possible including the highest standards of hygiene and the use of single use, pre-sterilised needles.
Are there any side effects?
Occasionally a small bruise can appear at a needle site. Sometimes people can feel dizzy or tired after a treatment but this passes quickly.