During the first session we will begin by focusing on the reasons that brought you to acupuncture, whether a specific set of symptoms, particular diagnosed condition or a vague sense of feeling out of balance.
We will then explore other aspects of your health – now and in the past (such as sleep patterns, digestion, presence of aches and pains in your body, energy level, etc), your diet and lifestyle, work situation, relationship and family circumstances and your medical and family history. I will also ask you about the main events in your life and how they affected, or still affect, you emotionally.
The number of treatments needed will, of course, depend on your general state of health (or ill-health) and severity and duration of your problem. Each person will respond at their own pace.
Some patients respond to acupuncture immediately, but usually, a course of 4 to 5 weekly sessions is needed to allow for the healing response to begin. As soon as the benefits are experienced and maintained, the treatments can become less frequent (fortnightly or monthly). Patients with chronic conditions may need treatment over several months or longer. After consistent improvement is felt, most patients continue with regular sessions at a frequency that suits their state of health and lifestyle, to maintain the benefits.
Acupuncture needles are single-use, pre-sterilised and disposable.
Acupuncture needles are very fine - much finer than needles used for injections or blood tests. Their insertion should never cause pain, although some patients feel a dull ache, warmth or a tingling sensation lasting no more than a few seconds.
All information shared by the patient and recorded in the treatment notes is treated as confidential. You are welcome to view your treatment notes at any time should you wish to do so.
Whenever appropriate, I may recommend consulting your GP for further investigations or a practitioner of another complementary discipline (for example, a herbalist, homeopath or an osteopath). Acupuncture works very well alongside both conventional medical treatments as well as other complementary therapies.
The British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) is a registering body for professional acupuncturists. Their aim is to ensure the health and safety of the public at all times. They do this by maintaining high standards of education, ethics, discipline and practice. Acupuncturists registered with the British Acupuncture Council carry the letters MBAcC after their name.
BAcC ensures that each member:
- has completed a first degree level training in traditional acupuncture including appropriate elements of western medical sciences (such as anatomy and physiology), or its equivalent
- abides by the Council’s Code of Safe Practice and Code of Professional Conduct
- complies with current health and safety legislation
- is covered by full Professional Indemnity and Public/Products Liability insurance
- updates their practice skills by following an individual programme of mandatory continuing professional development.
You can get more information about BAcC by visiting their website www.acupuncture.org.uk