Your initial appointment will involve a detailed consultation as well as treatment so it is likely to last at least 1 hour. Subsequent treatments can be either half an hour or a full hour depending on your needs.

During your first consultation, you will be asked about your current symptoms, medical history and that of your close family. In addition, you are likely to discuss other aspects of your health, diet, digestive system, sleeping patterns and emotional state. Your practitioner will also take your pulse and look at your tongue.  This helps us to gain a true understanding of your state of health and make an accurate diagnosis.

Needle sensation

The main thing stopping people from having Acupuncture tends to be a fear of needles, which largely comes from our experience of having injections. The needles used for Acupuncture are totally different. They are incredibly fine, literally the thickness of a few strands of hair.

The method of insertion using a guide tube, helps to temporarily de-sensitise the area of skin around the acupuncture point. This means that most people hardly feel the insertion of the needles, but describe the sensation as a warm, dull ache or tingling, followed by a deep sense of relaxation.

The needles remain in place for around 20 minutes. During this time, you will be lying down relaxing on either your front or back, with your practitioner close at hand. Many people fall asleep during treatment and this is heartily encouraged!

Treatment strategy

As acupuncture works holistically, a course of several treatments is often recommended to achieve maximum benefits, but this will of course depend on the nature of the condition & will be discussed with you during your first consultation.

It’s all about you!

You should expect to be involved in the healing process as much as possible to ensure that you experience the desired health improvements. This may involve suggested changes to your lifestyle, which can be incorporated into the treatment plan agreed between you & your practitioner.