What does acupuncture feel like?

The sensation of the needle insertion can vary from person to person: you may describe it as dull, tingling, numbness, aching. Other people may feel nothing. These sensations disappear in a few seconds. Most patients find the sessions very relaxing.

How many sessions will I need?

The number of treatments varies based on the condition treated. After the first consultation, the practitioner will suggest you a treatment plan.

Generally speaking, it is recommended to come for treatments regularly (once or twice a week). You should see some results after the second or third session. For chronic conditions, it is more likely that it will take more time to see improvements.

Are there any side effects after treatment?

The only side effect can be localised temporary bruising, which fades in a few days.

Are needles safe?

Yes. All needles are composed of stainless steel, are pre-sterilised and single use. After treatment they are disposed in sharps containers.

Are there any contraindications?

There are no contraindications as it is completely safe: anyone can receive acupuncture, from teenagers to elderly people.

What is the approach to treatment?

The first treatment involves three steps:

  1. Consultation: you will be asked to discuss your present complaint and some questions about your general health. There will be a physical assessment of your body, tongue and pulse diagnosis.
  2. Treatment: this is the part when very fine needles are inserted into acupuncture points. Adjunctive therapies such as Moxibustion, Cupping, Gua Sha, Tui Na massage and Electro-Acupuncture may be added. The needles will remain in place for approximately 20 minutes.
  3. Needles will be removed and hygienically disposed in sharps containers. Finally, based on your treatment plan, your practitioner will suggest you when to book a follow up session.


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