What Does Acupuncture Feel Like?
The needles used for acupuncture are ultra-fine and bear little resemblance to clinical needles used for injections and blood tests. When the needle is inserted, you may feel a tingling sensation or dull ache as it connects with the acupuncture point just below the surface of the skin.
Does Acupuncture Have Any Aftereffects?
Most people find it relaxing and often feel very calm after a treatment. You should refrain from vigorous exercise after acupuncture and, ideally, give yourself a little time to rest. It is also advisable not to drink alcohol for several hours after acupuncture treatments.
Is Acupuncture Safe?
The results of two independent surveys published in the British Medical Journal in 2001 (MacPherson et al, White et al, both BMJ September 2001) concluded that the risk of serious adverse reaction to acupuncture is extremely rare. The needles used are single-use, sterile and disposable, and the stringent hygiene practices recommended by the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) are observed at all times to ensure safety. These procedures have been approved by the Department of Health and provide protection against the transmission of infectious diseases.
How Many Acupuncture Sessions Will I Need?
Frequency and the number of acupuncture sessions required will depend on your individual condition. It’s common to come for weekly sessions at the start of your treatment. You may start to feel benefits after the first or second treatment, although long-standing and chronic conditions usually need more time to improve. Once your health has stabilised, you may need top-up acupuncture treatments every few weeks. Some patients also choose to have regular treatment as a preventative method, to maintain good health.
Should I Tell My Doctor I’m having Acupuncture Treatments?
If you currently receive treatment from your doctor, it’s recommended you tell your doctor that you plan to have acupuncture. Do not stop taking your medication. You should always tell your acupuncturist about any medication and supplements you’re taking as this may affect your response to acupuncture treatments.
Does Acupuncture Work?
British Acupuncture Council research fact sheets give information on current research into the effectiveness of acupuncture and conditions treated.