Frequently Asked Questions
Will I receive the same high standards of treatment in a multibed clinic as I would if I was treated on an individual basis?
The practice of multibed treatment has been working in America and China for many years. The aim is to provide those who cannot afford acupuncture on a one to one basis with the opportunity of receiving the same quality treatment.
I may be embarrassed about receiving treatment in the same room as other people?
Privacy is protected as we have separate clinic rooms available for private discussion for the first consultation and subsequent sessions if there is anything confidential that you wish to discuss. We also provide screens and blankets to take care of your modesty. In the majority of treatments only the bottom part of your legs and arms maybe required.
How soon will I feel the benefits of acupuncture?
This depends on the individual and how they respond. Some benefit is usually felt by treatment six, some feel better whilst still on the treatment couch but it can depend on the condition. A typical course of treatment starts weekly and as the condition improves the appointments become further apart.
How many treatments will I need?
This does vary depending on the condition but your practitioner’s goal is to carry out as few treatments as possible. At the start of each session we will review your progress and together decide on your next appointment.
Can I stop my prescribed medication?
The team will never request that you cease or reduce your medication this MUST be discussed with your GP. It is not unusual for patients to feel less reliant on their medication.
Should my doctor know that I am receiving treatment?
You can inform your GP, it can be helpful but it is up to you. We are able to provide your GP with treatment progress with your consent.
Can I have other treatments whilst having acupuncture?
Yes, but preferable let one treatment bed in before attempting another within a two day period. Treatments can work well in conjunction with each other.
Are the team safe practitioners?
Yes, Sharon is fully qualified after undertaking a comprehensive three year degree course. She also keep her skills up to date with continuing professional development and is a member of the British Acupuncture Council, therefore following their strict codes of safety and practice.
I am pregnant can I have treatment?
Yes you can, there is evidence to show that acupuncture can help with some of the problems tha arise in pregnancy. Ask about pre-birth care and help with turning breech babies. If you go over your due dates and have been recommended to try acupuncture by your midwife or consultant, we can offer help and teach you some useful acupressure points to use in labour.
IMPORTANT: you should tell your practitioner if you are pregnant or trying for a baby as this will affect your treatment plan as there are certain points that we do avoid using in these circumstances.
Will I need to undress for treatment?
During the initial consultation you may need to undress down to your underwear for a physical examination but a blanket is provided and only the areas needed are exposed. You are always left in privacy whilst disrobing and a private room is made available. During subsequent sessions exposure is limited to the treatment area
Will the acupuncture needles hurt?
The needles used are very fine and insertion is usually pain free. Sometimes a sensation is felt after the needle is inserted as the qi moves, but this quickly passes. It can be a dull ache, slight sting or pulling action.
Can I bring someone to treatment with me?
You are welcome to bring in a friend or family member if you want them to attend the treatment with you. There is also a waiting area. If you are sixteen or under you will need a parent or legal guardian with you as your practitioner needs their consent to treat you in their presence.
How will I feel after treatment?
This depends on the individual; some feel calm and relaxed others may feel tired or light headed but this is usually short-lived. Sometimes symptoms are worse for a period afterwards but this is temporary and will pass with subsequent treatments.
Are there any side effects to acupuncture?
Acupuncture is non-invasive and safe, however, sometimes there can be a slight spotting of blood or a bruise, but these are rare. Arnica can be applied to the bruised area. Blood spotting usually lasts only a few seconds.
Where are the needles inserted?
Once the initial treatment is complete 90% of treatment is carried out either below the knees or the elbows, although occasionally needles are inserted into the torso. Unless you are having facial acupuncture only rarely are needles inserted into the head.