Frequently Asked QuestionsIf you’re new to acupuncture, you’ve probably got a few questions to ask…
Frequently asked questions about acupuncture
Whether you’re new to acupuncture or you’re an experienced patient, you probably have a few questions to ask about the practice of acupuncture and the process Louise follows when working with patients. Here are the most frequently asked questions. If you have further questions that aren’t answered here, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
What is acupuncture?
The modern understanding of Acupuncture by Western medicine is that acupuncture needles stimulate nerve endings and alter the way your brain functions and the signals it fires to the body, particularly in regards to how the body reacts to pain and stress.
Who is acupuncture for?
Although many people have acupuncture to help with specific conditions, such as injuries or migraines, there are also many people who use it as a preventative measure to strengthen their immune system or to help them recover from a sickness or bug that they never quite felt fully recovered from. Acupuncture can complement conventional western medicine and in some cases can help people to reduce the use of medications that have either become ineffective or are beginning to cause gastro-intestinal complaints.
What conditions can acupuncture treat?
Acupuncture is used to relieve the symptoms of many conditions of which more information can be found in the British Acupuncture Council factsheets here. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can also help patients with conditions and illnesses that are not easily explained by a visit to the G.P. as Chinese medicine offers a different outlook to Western Medicine.
Click here for a list of conditions treatable by acupuncture, each of which is accompanied by a factsheet, produced by the British Acupuncture Council.
How many sessions will I need?
You will be given an idea of length of treatment at the initial consultation. Although it depends on your individual condition and history, as a general rule, we want to see a change after the first or second acupuncture session, and if this is the case then we find that patients are not too concerned about length of treatment as long as they see a change after each treatment. Acute problems and injuries such as a recently pulled shoulder or strained back will probably only require a few treatments, whereas long-standing and chronic conditions usually need more time to improve.
How does it work?
Your first visit will last an hour and a half, during which you will discuss your condition and your general health. Louise will then discus your treatment plan with you, which may include other therapies such as moxibustion and cupping. You will then receive your first treatment along with lifestyle and nutritional therapy recommendations.
Following your initial appointment, subsequent treatments last 1 hour. Intervals between sessions will be decided on at the first consultation, but may change as you respond to treatment.
How much does it cost?
The initial consultation, lasting 1.5 hours, costs £55. Subsequent treatments, lasting an hour, cost £40.
Is it safe?
All needles used are sterile packed, single use needles, which are incinerated after use.
“Louise’s treatment of us was professional, respectful, compassionate and deeply supportive. I truly believe that our IVF journey would not have been as positive and successful without Louise’s assistance and I would strongly recommend her to anyone going through the IVF process.”Gerri
Find out how acupuncture can help you
To find out how acupuncture can help you, get in touch for a free, no obligation consultation.