Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect on my first visit?
How can Acupuncture help me in my pregnancy?
In addition Acupuncture can be useful for any pre existing condition that you now feel unable to take medication for as well as most pregnancy related problems. Please contact me either by phone or email to discuss your situation confidentially.
Can Acupuncture help children?
For small children and infants Shonishin pediatric acupuncture (sho=little, ni=children, shin=needle) is a specialized form of treatment that became renowned in the 1700s in the Osaka region of Japan. To this day, Japanese parents regularly bring children for shonishin treatment, and the shonishin approach is increasing in popularity around the world.
Children’s bio-energetic systems are not fully formed and, being at the most “yang” phase of their existence, their energy (Qi) moves extremely rapidly. Consequently, children’s systems can be easily over stimulated, and health problems can progress rapidly.
Shonishin focuses on gentle, specialized, mostly non-inserted treatment techniques that children find comfortable and even pleasurable. Dramatic results can be obtained even with very light treatment.
For older children and teenagers Acupuncture can be a very effective treatment for all kinds of problems. Because in younger people health problems have not yet become chronic then treatment can have a quicker effect than in an adult.
Parents bring their children for all sorts of different conditions including emotional problems such as anxiety or stress, physical problems such as pain or conditions such as asthma. It is also particularly effective at helping girls with any type of period problem or hormone associated problems.
Please give me a call if you wish to discuss your child's health issue.
I'm scared of needles! Does it hurt?
The Needles used in Acupuncture are very different from needles used by a nurse or Doctor to give injections. And are very different from sewing needles too. The main difference is that they are so thin, almost as thin as a hair. I use particularly thin needles that are designed to be pain free. Its true that sometimes you may feel something, but it would be hard to describe what you feel as pain, more likely that you might call it a tingling sensation. Acupuncture is not a painful treatment, it is surprisingly relaxing and many people will fall asleep on the couch!
It is often true that Acupuncture is a last resort for many people, having tried many other different treatments for their health problem and they worry about the needles, but it is also true that many many people wish they'd come sooner once they've experienced it as it is much pleasanter than they had anticipated.
If needles are a particular problem for you then please come and talk it through with me first. I can assure you it will not be anything like you anticipate.
What should I wear During a Treatment?
Many of the Acupuncture points are below the knee and below the elbow so there is no need to wear anything special although it is hard to get to points on the leg when someone is wearing skinny jeans! So loose clothes are better. Sometimes people will need points treated on other parts of the body but undressing is not usually necessary.
Hopefully by the end of the session you will be feeling relaxed and calm.
How often will I need to have treatment?
As a general rule I usually recommend about 4 weekly treatments to make a significant change, by this time you should know what effect the acupuncture is having on your system. After that we can diminish frequency of treatments depending on what suits you. I like each person to know and understand what effect the acupuncture is having so you can decide how often you need a treatment. Its quite common that once the initial problem is more stable then people might come once every 4 or 6 weeks for a top up treatment.
Please note that If your problem is related to a menstrual issue then you will probably need treatment more regularly in order to balance hormones.