Acupuncture: new patient information.
Updated: Oct 13, 2022
Please read this carefully. Ask your practitioner if there is anything that you do not understand.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a form of therapy in which fine needles are inserted into specific points on the body. Some practitioners also use a smoldering herb called 'moxa' to warm these points.
Is Acupuncture Safe?
Acupuncture is generally very safe. Serious side effects are very rare – less than one per 10,000 treatments.
Does acupuncture have side effects?
You need to be aware that:
Drowsiness occurs after treatment in a small number of clients, and, if affected, you are advised not to drive.
Minor bleeding or bruising occurs after treatment in about 3% of treatments
Pain during treatment occurs in about 1% of treatments.
Existing symptoms can get worse after treatment (less than 3% of clients). You should tell Paula, your acupuncturist about this, but it is usually a good sign.
Fainting can occur in certain people, particularly at the first treatments
In addition, if there are particular risks that apply in your case, your acupuncturist Paula, will discuss these with you.
Is there anything your practitioner needs to know?
Apart from the usual medical details, it’s important that you let your practitioner know:
· if you have ever experienced a fit, faint or 'funny turn'
· if you have a pacemaker, or any other electrical implants
· if you have a bleeding disorder
· if you are taking anti-coagulants or any other medication
· if you have damaged heart valves or have any particular risk of infection.
The full details of this are available on our website. Your name, email and phone number are required for the purposes of contacting you regarding your treatment. You are given the option to also receive marketing emails. Your details are never shared with any third parties (see exceptions on full policy.) You are entitled to see and amend any details we retain, and can have them deleted at any time (see exceptions)
All I ask is for 24 hours’ notice to make changes to your appointment, giving less than that prevents me from seeing other people and therefore must carry a charge (full details online)
If you experience any unusual symptoms after treatment, or if you are concerned about any aspects of the treatment which you have received, contact your practitioner as soon as possible on:
What to Expect From your Acupuncture Treatments
Your treatment can include Massage, Gua sha, Cupping, Moxibustion, electro-acupuncture & of course Acupuncture – I will determine what is the best combination for your health based on my diagnosis. I am a degree qualified acupuncturist, a full member of the British Acupuncture Council and am licensed by the local council to practice.
I charge for my time, so regardless of the number of health conditions, or the number of modalities needed you will be charged the same - just depends on if you need/prefer an hour or a 90 minute session with me.
Acupuncture (as most medicines are) is ACCUMULATIVE: this means it is VERY rare that one session is enough to magically fix you! I will also make some life-style recommendations, it is OF COURSE your choice what you take on board, adjust and I will work with you where you are at.
The severity of the condition being treated initially determines frequency. If you were to scale your condition in terms of its impact on your life from 0 (no issue)- 10 (unbearable/unmanageable)
· 10 out of 10 - daily (or as close as we can manage until symptoms reduce)
· 7-9 out of ten – 2/3 treatments a week for 2-3 weeks – then reassess
· 5-7 out of then: 1/2 treatments per week for 2-3 weeks – and then reassess
· 1-5 out of 10 – 1 session a week for 2-3 weeks, then reassess.
Chronic conditions(i.e. degenerative conditions such as MS, Parkinson’s, Osteoporosis, Fibromyalgia etc.) typically work best with 1/2 sessions a week for 4 weeks, then drop to weekly for another 4-6 weeks, then AS minimum 1 per month for maintenance
Wellness, Prevention and Maintenance typically every 4-6 weeks works perfectly.
Cosmetic acupuncture: for optimal results 2 per week for 1st 3 weeks, then 1 per week for another 2 weeks, then monthly for maintenance.
Monthly Subscription available once we are at maintenance stage for those conditions, lifestyles that will need long term, tuneups.