Frequently Asked Questions:

Does acupuncture hurt?

Acupuncture needles are so fine that most people don’t feel them being inserted. 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. 


Are the acupuncture needles sterilized?

Needles we use are supplied in sterile blister packs and are for single use only. Needles are never re-inserted after withdrawal but are disposed of immediately into a sharps bin which is periodically collected and incinerated safely and professionally by the certain company according to correct and current legislation. 


How often will I need to attend?

It is usual to have one treatment a week at first, occasionally twice if necessary. As condition improves becomes less frequent. Some improvement is usually felt after couple treatments, although occasionally just one two treatments are sufficient.  


How many treatments do I need?

This depends on how long you’ve had the problem, how ‘deep’ or serious the problem is, and on age and constitution. For example, acute lower back pain may only need one or two sessions, but for chronic lower back pain if it’s been with you for months it will be harder to tackle because more muscles,tendons,nerves will probably become involved. An illness such as ME or Rheumatoid Arthritis will require long term treatment because many different aspects of the functioning of the body have become involved which make the illness much more complex. 


Where do you insert needles?

According to individual condition, the practitioner will carefully choose 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. 


How do I feel after acupuncture?

Usually relaxed and calm. Occasionally you may feel tired or drowsy for a few hours if the treatment has been particularly strong or there may be a short term flaring up of your symptoms as your Qi clears and resettles itself.


How does acupuncture work?

After a detailed consultation covering every aspect of your health and lifestyle, the practitioner inserts very fine needles at precisely located points to connect with your body’s Qi(vital energy). The Qi travels along various pathways in the body called meridians, just like rivers flowing through to irrigate and nourish every part of the body. An obstruction in the movement of these energy rivers is like a dam that backs up and creates an imbalance that results in diseases. Acupuncture can 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.


What is Chinese herbs?

Chinese herbs are composed of natural plant substances--roots, bark, flowers, seeds, fruits, leaves, and branches. Over 3000 different herbs can be used for medical purposes. However,about 300 of these herbs are commonly used. Many Herbs have well documented pharmacological properties and a wealth of modern clinical research attached to them.


Does Chinese Herbal Medicine have side effect?

Serious adverse effects from Chinese herbs are very rare and it has a very good safety record over 3000 years history. However it is still essential that you are treated by a practitioner who is trained to a high standard.


Who can take Chinese Herbal Medicine?

Chinese Herbal Medicine can be taken by all age groups from young babies to the elderly, though you must notify your practitioner if you are also taking other medicines, suffer from allergies, other conditions or are pregnant as this may affect your treatment and prescription. 


How do I take prescribed Chinese Herbal Formula?

Traditionally Chinese Herbal Formula were taken as a drink by boiling up dried herbs. In our clinic we are able to provide the same herbal treatment in powder form. You just need add hot water to dissolve the mixture and drink. This is more convenient method of taking herbs, requires no preparation time and is just as effective.


Why Chinese herbs are always mixed in formula to use?

There are four major reasons. Firstly, herbs are combined to cover whole body wellbeing as reasons and developing mechanism that lead to disease are usually not single. Secondly, mutual Reinforcement involves combining two or more very similar herbs together to create a stronger effect. Thirdly, mutual Assistance is the way to use one herb to help another work better. Fourthly, mutual Restraint is meant to use one herb to reduce or eliminate side effects of another herb in the combination. All of these demonstrate that a practitioner should be experienced and knowledgeable about herbs before attempting to combine them.



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