Frequently asked questions
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FAQs – Frequently asked questions
The following are a few frequently asked questions about Five Element Acupuncture that may help you to decide if it’s for you.
What can it treat?
Recent advertising guidelines produced by the Advertising Standards Agency prevent specific conditions being mentioned in leaflets and on webpages. Whilst understanding the need to protect patients from unsubstantiated claims in advertisements, these guidelines make it very difficult to communicate the benefits of this magnificent system of healing.
Patients wanting authoritative comment on the benefits of five element acupuncture are advised to ‘google’ the ‘World Health Organisation’ and ‘Acupuncture’ where there are comprehensive lists of conditions where controlled clinical trials have shown acupuncture to be an effective treatment.
Also, for an honest, no nonsense, appraisal of what can and can’t be treated and whether I think I may be able to help you, please make contact with me.
Will it hurt?
In general the needling creates a pleasant dull ache sensation. Sometimes it can feel like a warm sensation or a ‘fizzing’. Where the needles are placed is what makes the difference to the sensation. For example, the feet and hands are more sensitive than the back or legs.
How long does each treatment take?
The first treatment usually takes about one hour. This gives time to discuss your particular health needs and conduct the first acupuncture treatment. Subsequent treatment length is decided between us depending on your feedback, the conditions we are treating and the complexity of your requirements. I offer either half-hour or hour-long follow up sessions.
How many treatments will I need before I see results?
This varies from person to person and on the condition to be treated. How long you have had the condition and its’ severity, will determine how many treatments are required to bring about significant change. Please bear in mind: sometimes it can take time for treatment to take effect on the root cause of your complaint. Do not expect to have two treatments and see immediate change. Often, a short course of treatment is necessary to bring about a sustained improvement. This is normally between 5 and 10 treatments. Then an occasional top up may be required, for example, monthly or quarterly.
Usually the first few treatments give an indication of the rate of improvement to expect. Acupuncture can be both a time and financial commitment, this needs careful consideration prior to beginning treatment.
Having said all that, however, on some occasions there can be an almost instantaneous improvement after just a few treatments. As I say, it depends on the history of the complaint and the individual patient, so once again, speak to me for a more detailed assessment.
Are evening appointments available?
Yes, plus weekends.
How much will it cost?
£45 for the first treatment (one hour) and £36 for subsequent hour long treatments or £22 for half hour.
Does my health insurance cover Acupuncture?
Check the small print of your policy or speak to your insurer. Some companies cover all the cost, others a percentage. I will provide receipts that are submitted to your insurer and they will reimburse you.
Is the Acupuncture profession regulated?
Yes, by the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC). I am a member of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC), which provides full public liability insurance.
What will I feel like afterwards? Are there any side effects?
Most people report that they feel very relaxed and calm after a treatment. Very occasionally you can feel tired and drowsy. With some conditions there may be a flare up of symptoms as treatment progresses. In fact, this is a positive sign and indicates that the body is responding to treatment and is starting to resolve the root cause of the problem.
If you have a question not answered here I would welcome the opportunity to discuss five element acupuncture with you. My contact details are provided below: