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Does it hurt?
Acupuncture should not be a painful or unpleasant experience. The needles used are much finer to those normally used for injections and bear no resemblance to them. The sensation that is felt is often described as a tingling or dull ache around the area. Patients often report feeling relaxed or invigorated during and after treatment.

How long will it take?
The first consultation will usually take from one hour to an hour and a half. At this time, a full history is taken. This may include some aspects of your personal and family health history. Also, the tongue is observed and the pulses are checked. 
Subsequent consultations will take approximately one hour.

How many sessions will I need?
Each individual and their condition is unique and therefore the length of treatment will differ. Many factors influence recovery rates. Sometimes dramatic recovery is made and only one or two consultations are required. For other patients, results can be more subtle and may take longer.

Will I need to get undressed?
Some level of disrobement may be necessary for acupuncture depending on your symptoms and what you need for treatment.

I will advise you at the time of consultation (for shiatsu massage light clothing is worn).

If you would like a family member or friend to be present that is perfectly ok.

Is it safe?
Yes! All needles used are single-use, sterile and disposable. Needles used per consultation only. All members of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) must observe the Code of Safe Practice which defines the hygiene and safety standards relating to the practice of acupuncture. These procedures have been approved by the Department of Health, and provide protection against the transmission of infectious diseases. Patients who have been treated by a BAcC member are eligible to donate blood through the National Blood Service. They are virtually no side effects to having acupuncture.

Will my insurance cover acupuncture?
Many insurance companies now cover acupuncture. You may need to self-refer or need to acquire referral from your GP or specialist. I can issue an invoice and you then claim back from your provider. Please check with your insurance provider.

Do I inform my GP?
It is always a good idea to let your GP know that you are receiving other forms of treatment. For certain conditions and in specific or critical situations referral will be made with your consent. Communication between health professionals is encouraged for the good of the patient and for furthering the practice of holistic and integrated medicine.

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