What is Acupuncture?
What you can expect from treatment

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.

Many people fear 'needles', because of their experience of hypodermics; however, acupuncture needles are solid and extremely fine, like a hair, and many patients don't even feel them as they are inserted into the skin. When Qi is contacted, then the patient often feels a mild tingling or dull ache.

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.

With your consent, patient notes and information will be shared with your healthcare provider e.g. your GP or midwife to ensure that you are getting the best possible care from a full team of professionals.

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.)

It is also interesting to note that in 2009 the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommended that acupuncture should be made available on the NHS, as a cost-effective short-term treatment for the management of early, persistent non-specific lower back pain

The UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), limits what complementary therapists can claim about the benefits of their practices. So, for further information about the track record of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, then please talk to Paul directly.