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Frequently Asked Questions

Does acupuncture hurt?
Not usually. Some areas of the body can be more sensitive than others, for example the wrists and the feet, but often patients don’t feel the needles being used.
I heard Gua Sha and Cupping leaves marks, is this true?
Yes, these treatments can leave marks on the skin due to impurities being drawn to the surface. The marks are painless and will fade over a few days.  If you have any concerns then do discuss them with your practitioner.
Is acupuncture safe?
Yes, acupuncture is safe; all the needles are sterile, single use and disposed of carefully. The clinic works to the standards set by the British Acupuncture Council.
Can children have acupuncture?
Yes, children can have acupuncture but all minors under the age of 16 must have the permission of a parent or guardian before a treatment.
Why do you look at the tongue?
The tongue reflects the health of your body on the inside and any changes in the shape, colour or coating gives information about your health.
Why do you check my pulse so often?
The pulses are taken on three positions on the wrists. We feel the character, strength and quality of the pulses and compare the two sides of the body. This provides us with information on what is out of balance and feeds us information on how a treatment is progressing.

More information

In exceptional circumstances I might do a home visit for an unwell patient.

If the treatment is for a child then an adult has to be in the room, until they’re sixteen. Also parental consent is required in this case.