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Q. How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncturists insert very fine needles at precisely located points to connect with your body’s qi. They will decide which points are right for you after a detailed consultation covering every aspect of your health and lifestyle. The aim is to direct the flow of qi to trigger your body’s healing response and to restore physical, emotional and mental equilibrium. Treatment is designed to affect your whole being as well as your symptoms so, as the condition being treated improves, you may notice other health problems resolve and an increased feeling of wellbeing.

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                           Q. What are the benefits?

A growing body of evidence-based clinical research is discovering how the body responds to acupuncture and its benefits for a wide range of common health conditions. A lot of people have acupuncture to relieve specific aches and pains, such as osteoarthritis of the knee, TMJ, headaches and low back pain, or for common health problems like an overactive bladder. Other people choose acupuncture when they can feel their bodily functions are out of balance, but they have no obvious diagnosis. And many have regular treatments because they find it so beneficial and relaxing.

Q. Does acupuncture hurt?

Acupuncture needles are so fine that most people don’t feel them being inserted. It is normal to feel a mild tingle or dull ache as the acupuncturist adjusts the needle to direct Qi. While the needles are in place, most people feel deeply relaxed which can continue after they are removed.

Q. How many treatments will i need?

That depends on your individual condition. At first your acupuncturist will normally ask to see you once or twice a week. 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 monthly top-up treatments. Generally a minimum of 6 treatments is needed to evaluate effectivness. Traditional acupuncture is also very effective when used as preventive healthcare and many people like to go for a 'retuning' session at the change of each season throughout the year.

                            Q. How will i feel after a treatment?

You are likely to feel relaxed and calm. If the treatment has been particularly strong you may feel tired or drowsy and it is worth bearing this in mind if you plan to drive or use any other machinery soon afterwards.

                            Q. Are there any side effects?

Acupuncture has virtually no unpleasant side effects. Any that do occur are mild and self-correcting. Occasionally there may be minor bruising at the needle point or a short-term flare-up of your symptoms as your qi clears and resettles.

                      Q. Can i still have acupuncture whilst on medication?

Yes. The acupuncture treatment may enable you to reduce or even stop taking some forms of medication but you should always consult your GP regarding any change of prescription. Please DO NOT stop taking medication without professional guidance.

                               Q. Will my private healthcare insurance cover my acupuncture treatment?

That depends upon your insurer. As the demand for complementary medicine increases more private health insurance companies are beginning to offer cover for traditional acupuncture. You should check your individual policy details.

                            Q. Why use a BAcC member?

All members of the BAcC can offer you the following assurances:

BSc or BA degree level training or its equivalent in traditional acupuncture, Chinese medicine, and western biomedical sciences including anatomy, physiology and pathology (3,600 hours of study).

Compliance with current UK health and safety legislation.

Full medical malpractice and public/products liability insurance cover.

Expert practice skills maintained by following a mandatory individual programme of continuing professional development (CPD).

Regular updates from the BAcC regarding practitioners' professional obligations to the public.

Compliance with BAcC Code of Safe Practice and Code of Professional Conduct.

Patient access to the BAcC complaints and disciplinary procedures.

English language skills at least equivalent to those required of doctors and nurses working in the UK.

Acupuncturists registered with the BAcC carry the letters MBAcC after their name and use the official logo below.

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