Do I need to do anything before treatment?
Try not to have a large meal within an hour of your appointment as the process of digestion will alter the pattern of your pulse, and you may need to lie on your stomach. You should also avoid alcohol and food or drink that colours your tongue such as coffee or strong tea. It is a good idea to wear loose-fitting clothes so that the acupuncture points, especially those on your lower limbs, are easily accessible.
Is acupuncture painful and how will I feel after treatment?
It is neither painless nor very painful. The sensation is often described as a tingling or dull ache. Everyone is different and therefore may feel this stronger or weaker than others may. Unlike needles used in injections, acupuncture needles are very fine therefore; the level of pain is much less. You may also experience heaviness in limbs as well as a deep feeling of relaxation. After treatment you usually feel calm, relaxed, and in some cases tired. If there is a flare up in your symptoms, this may be due to the Qi clearing the affected channels, before settling down again and should not worry you.
Is acupuncture safe?
As a member of the British Acupuncture Council, Andrew has undergone extensive training in acupuncture and bio medical sciences appropriate to the practice of acupuncture in the UK. Codes of Safe Practice, Ethics and Disciplinary Procedures, approved by the Department of Health, ensure professionalism and safety. Members are covered by full Medical Malpractice and Public Liability Insurance.
All needles are pre-sterilised, single use and disposable to provide protection against infectious disease.
Is acupuncture regulated by the government?
The Department of Health has put forward proposals for statutory regulation of acupuncture and herbal medicine.
Should I tell my doctor I am receiving treatment for acupuncture?
If you are already receiving treatment from your doctor then it makes sense to tell him or her about your plans to have acupuncture. The acupuncture treatment may enable you to reduce or even stop taking some forms of medication. You should never stop prescribed medication without consultation with your doctor. You should always tell your acupuncturist about any medication you are taking as this may affect your response to acupuncture treatment.