Acupuncture FAQ’s

Here are some frequently asked questions regarding acupuncture treatment. If you have a question that is not on this list then you can get in contact here to ask your questions.

Who Has Acupuncture Treatment?

a picture of an acupuncture needle being insteredAcupuncture can be used to treat many conditions and symptoms a person may be experiencing. Acupuncture is also used as a way to prevent many ailments and help improve overall well being.

What Benefits would I Get From Acupuncture?

Acupuncture treats a broad range of symptoms and ailments by bringing the bodies energetics back into balance and helping to promote optimal functioning.

Besides the primary reason a person may choose to have acupuncture, often the treatment provides extra benefits, such as an increased sense of well-being, improved sleep and improved digestion.

How Many Sessions Are Needed?

picture of the acupuncture treatment room in Tunbridge WellsThe number of sessions needed varies from patient to patient and the condition being treated. It may, at first, be necessary to have one or two sessions a week, however, once you begin to feel the difference there may be longer intervals. Keep in mind that more severe or chronic conditions may require more time before the benefits are apparent.

Once your symptoms have improved, having a treatment once a month or even every couple of months can often suffice.

Acupuncture is also an excellent natural course of treatment to help prevent disease, and many people choose to have an acupuncture tune-up at the beginning of each season to help their energetics shift in accordance with the changing seasons.

What Does It Feel Like When Having An Acupuncture Treatment?

a persons hand with acupuncture needlesPeople who have received acupuncture have reported that it is quite relaxing. The sensation associated with needle insertion is often one of a dull ache or mild tingling sensation; this is merely the feeling of the body’s vital energy, also known as qi that is being stimulated.

Acupuncture needles are very different from hypodermic needles used in hospitals and doctors surgeries. Acupuncture needles are made of stainless steel and are exceptionally thin. Therefore, it is common that once in place, a person will barely be aware of them.

Are There Any Before Session Considerations?

Avoid eating a large meal, at least, one hour before your session as the digestive process will change your pulse pattern. You may also be required to lie face down, which could be uncomfortable if you have eaten a large meal.

Avoid eating or drinking things that can color your tongue such as potent teas, coffee or alcohol. It is recommended to use comfortable and loose clothing so that all acupuncture points are easily accessible.

Are There Any After Treatment Indications to Follow?

You will probably leave your session with a sense of relaxation, but that should not affect your ability to go back to work. You should, however, stay away from alcohol for twenty-four hours after treatment and not do heavy exercise straight after.

What Is Felt After a Session?

The general sensation after a session is one of calm and relaxation which if undergoing an especially strong treatment you may even feel a little drowsy or tired.

Can Children and Teenagers Receive Acupuncture Treatment?

Absolutely! Acupuncture can be very beneficial for children as well as teenagers.

Are There Any Side Effects I Should Be Concerned About?

Patient receiving acupuncture treatment to his backThere are not any adverse side effects associated with acupuncture. In the rare cases of an unpleasant feeling arising, they are short-lived and self-correcting. Although rare, it is also possible to experience slight bruising around the area where the needle was inserted.

For conditions that need to be moved out of the system, it is possible you may feel a brief flare-up of your symptoms. If this occurs it is no cause for concern and will often be short-lived until your qi clears and can resettle.

Should My Doctor Be Informed Before My Acupuncture Session?
If you are undergoing any form of treatment, it would be advisable to let your doctor know you intend to have acupuncture. It is important to inform the acupuncturist of any medication you may be taking as this could affect your response throughout the session.
Should I Continue Taking my Prescription Medication While Undergoing Acupuncture Therapy?
Absolutely. Although the acupuncture may in the long run allow for you to lower the dosage of your medication or stop taking it all together, you should never change the course of your medication without your doctor’s approval, this is something that must be decided by your doctor.
Will My Private Medical Insurance Cover Acupuncture Therapy?

the logo of the acupuncture societyCoverage depends on your insurance provider. As an acupuncturist, I am a part of the Acupuncture Society, and therefore, the following insurance companies should provide cover;

  • Cigna
  • Pay Care
  • Healthshield (for Acupressure)
  • Simply Health
  • Aviva

You should always check your individual policy details and call your insurer if in doubt or if more clarification is needed.

Some of these companies may insist on you having a referral from a doctor or specialist so make sure you consult with your insurance company and find out what is required before you can begin to enjoy the benefits of acupuncture therapy.