Acupuncture – Consultation

What to expect when visiting an Acupuncturist

On your first visit you will be asked about your current symptoms, what treatment you have received so far, your medical history, and that of your close family, your diet, sleeping patterns and emotional state.  Pulses on both wrists are felt, noting their quality, rhythm and strength. The structure, colour and coating of your tongue is looked at. Diagnosis according to the Chinese Medicine principles is established, following the identification of the underlying patterns of disharmony, and you will receive your first treatment. The consultation and treatment on your first visit to the Acupuncturist lasts usually about 90 minutes.

How many sessions will I need with the Acupuncturist?

According to traditional acupuncture philosophy, each person is considered as unique, so the frequency and length of treatment depend on you as an individual. Change is usually felt after five treatments, but occasionally the effects of treatment are noticeable after only one or two treatments. With other patients, especially in ongoing chronic conditions, treatment may continue over several months or long-term.

If you have been prescribed medication, you may want tell your doctor that you are planning or are having acupuncture treatments. You should always tell your acupuncturist about any medication you are taking as this may affect your response to the acupuncture treatment.

What does Acupuncture feel like?

Acupuncturists use needles are much finer than needles used for injections and blood tests. When the needle is inserted, the sensation is described as a tingling or dull ache but personal sensations to needling vary and may be slight or very pronounced; felt immediately or after couple of seconds. Responses to treatment may sometimes include tiredness or mild dizziness, and on occasion minor bruising may occur. However, all such reactions are short-lived.

Is acupuncture safe?

Acupuncture has a very sound track record. The needles used are for single-use, sterile and disposable. Acupuncture is considered suitable for all ages and can also be used alongside conventional medicine.

British Acupuncture Council