What you can expect from treatment
You will be asked for your symptoms and other questions about your lifestyle. Your pulse will be felt and your tongue examined as these are key indicators of your general state of health. Following a diagnosis, an appropriate course of treatment will be determined and needles inserted into specific points on your body. You will also be given advice on how you can help yourself through diet, exercise, T'ai Chi etc.
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments required will vary according to your condition. A rough rule of thumb is that long standing complaints will need a longer course of treatments. A new condition may only need a few sessions.
The practitioner will keep confidential records on your symptoms and progress. All patients are welcome to copies of their notes.
What acupuncture does
Where Western scientific research has been carried out on acupuncture, to the satisfaction of the The Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP), it has found that it can be of benefit for Dental pain, Nausea, Vomiting and Pain associated with osteoarthritis of the knee (in the latter case the effects are temporary and that acupuncture is used as an adjunctive treatment, not a standalone one.)