Is acupuncture safe?

Yes, it is very safe when practiced by a qualified practitioner. Disposable sterile needles are used for every treatment. Rarely, patients experience temporary, mild worsening of symptoms before improvements begin to occur. Often the relaxing effects of acupuncture are so profound that patients feel a greater sense of well being and vitality.

What does acupuncture feel like/does it hurt?

A dull ache or pinch is usually felt, followed by a feeling of warmth around the point. This can also be felt along the course of the channel.

What to expect from your acupuncture treatment?

Acupuncture treatment will begin with an in depth consultation to obtain information about the patient’s presenting signs of symptoms and to gather information about your medical history, goals for treatment. The practitioner may also inspect the patient’s tongue and feel the qualities of the pulse, which give important clues to the patient’s overall health status.

How many treatments will I need?

It’s important to remember that acupuncture is addressing the underlying cause of a problem rather than fixing a symptom, therefore it takes time to have an effect. The number of treatments needed differs from person to person. Some change is usually felt within five or six treatments. For a more chronic condition it can take a longer period of time.

Can I claim on my Health Insurance?

Simply Health (formerly Leeds Hospital Fund) does cover you for acupuncture, but it is always wise to speak to your insurer directly.

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