Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some frequently asked questions about acupuncture and herbal medicine. If you have special concerns or you would like to discuss your conditions with our doctor please contact us for further information.
What conditions can acupuncture help with?
Acupuncture can be used for a wide range of conditions such as pain disease, emotional problems, stress, infertility and skin disease. It can also be used alongside with the conventional medicine in the treatment of both acute and chronic disease.
Acupuncture will not only help to relief the specific symptoms or conditions, it can also help to deal with the underlying causes of the disease, leading to an enhanced state of wellbeing, such as energy levels, motivation, appetite and sleep patterns.
What does acupuncture feel like?
Acupuncture needles are very fine and solid, they are different with the needles used in injections. When the needle is inserted to your body, you will feel a little bit stinging. You may feel a dull ache or your body will feel a bit heavy after the needle is inserted. The type and strength of the sensation varies from person to person, and also varies depending on the location on your body.
Does acupuncture hurt?
Acupuncture needles are very fine and the sensation is usually mild and lasts only for a moment. Sometimes, you may not feel anything at all.
Is acupuncture safe?
The British Acupuncture Council sets out a Code of Practice which lays down stringent standards of hygiene including the use of sterile, single-use disposable needles. These procedures have been approved by the Department of Health and provide protection against the transmission of infectious diseases.
Acupuncture is a low risk, safe and non-invasive therapy with no side effect. After treatment some people may feel mild bruising, headaches or lethargy. However these symptoms will disappear after a short period of time.
Are Chinese herbs safe to take?
Yes, they are very safe when prescribed properly by a fully trained practitioner. Compare with the Western pharmaceuticals, they have much less side effects. As any medication there could be some adverse reactions but in the case of Chinese herbal medicine these are very rare.
Who can take Chinese herbal medicine?
Chinese herbal medicine can be used by people of any age or constitution. Any previous or current illness, or medication, will be taken into account when the doctor prescribing the chinese herbal medicine for the clients.
How do I take Chinese herbal medicine?
Generally, when you take the herbal tablets or capsules, you just simply swallow them with warm water. To take the Chinese herbs, you need boil them as a tea and then extract the essence of the herbs and drink it.
How to prepare the herbal tea?
1) Take out one bag of herbal medicine and put it into a clean saucepan, add one liter of cold water, soak for half hour;
2) Cover with lid and bring to boil for 10 minutes, and then simmer for 20 minutes;
3) Drain the herbal tea into two cups about two hundred milliliter each.
4) Drink one cup of tea each time, after meal half hour, twice a day. You can keep another cup of tea in the refrigerator and reheat it up when you drink later.
5) The taste of the tea may not be so pleasant. You can add some sugar or honey in it if you prefer, but do not put any milk in it.
What will happen on my first visit?
After you fill the consultation form, our doctor will ask about your current symptoms, your medical history, your diet, sleeping patterns and emotional state. And then the doctor will check your pulse on both wrists and your tongue will be examined. Your blood pressure may also be taken. Normally, your first acupuncture treatment session will follow the initial consultation.
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments really depends on the individual conditions. It is therefore very difficult to tell how many treatments will be needed but an estimate can usually be given following the initial consultation. As a general rule, chronic (long term) conditions require more treatment than short term conditions.
How do I book an appointment?
Please ring us on 01978290188 to make an appointment for your initial consultation. Alternatively, please complete our Contact Us form and send to us. We will contact you and arrange an appointment as soon as possible. If you are not sure whether the acupuncture or the chinese herbal medicine is the right choice for you, or if you need further information, please call us on the above number or email us to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be very happy to answer your questions.