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Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture and Acupuncturists

What is Acupuncture?
What are the benefits of acupuncture as a complementary therapy treatment?

Does Acupuncture hurt?

How long will a visit last?

How many treatments will I need?

How do I know if the needles used are clean?

How many needles are involved?

What can Acupuncture treat?

Are there any side effects from Acupuncture?

Acupuncture and Acupuncturists FAQ's

Does acupuncture hurt?
No, the needles used by acupuncturists are extremely fine, normally 0.18mm to 0.51 mm dia. and they produce no more than a slight tingling or a numb feeling, it is not the same as injections or blood tests. Many patients have been known to fall asleep while receiving treatment on the table

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How long will a visit last?
It is usual for the first visit is the longest in order to allow for diagnosis and a complete history taking and examination, this will be no shorter than an hour. Following visits may be shorter, often 30 to 45 minutes, depending on practitioner and patient needs.

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How many treatments will I need?
Patients will typically require two treatments in the first week (usually the first one is mainly taken up by diagnosis) after that weekly sessions are more common.
How many treatments a patient requires will depend on the duration, severity, and nature of their condition and the state of their general health. This will normally be reviewed by patient and acupuncturist after each meeting

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How do I know if the needles used are clean?
You should insist on disposable needles, most modern acupuncturists will use disposable, non toxic stainless steel needles of a fine diameter (0.007" to 0.020", 0.18mm to 0.51 mm) and sterilised with ethylene oxide (All B.AcC. members are required to use pre-sterilised, single use, disposable needles and they must make arrangements for their safe disposal).

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How many needles are involved?
Most treatments involve only one or two needles but occasionally 20 needles may be used depending on the patient and type of treatment that is required.
The needles are usually left in for 10 to 20 minutes and courses of ten treatments usually at weekly intervals are often required.

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What can Acupuncture treat?
Acupuncture reduces stress and anxiety, helping patients enter a deep state of relaxation, which enhances the healing process

The World Health Organization has determined that acupuncture is an effective therapy for over 200 clinical conditions, including:
• back pain
• neck and shoulder pain
• repetitive stress syndrome (including carpal tunnel syndrome)
• insomnia
• migraines and headaches
• alcohol, food, and tobacco addiction
• accidental injuries (promotes healing)
• sprains
• osteoarthritis
• rheumatoid arthritis
• respiratory problems
• digestive problems
• gynecological disorders
• circulatory disorders
• nervous system disorders
Acupuncture also reduces stress and anxiety, and helps patients enter a deep state of relaxation, which enhances the healing process. Herbal medicine can increase the effectiveness of your acupuncture treatment and is often the primary treatment for chronic internal medical disorders.

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Are there any side effects from acupuncture?
The great advantage of acupuncture is that, other than some occasional slight bruising, most people suffer no side effects.

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