common to come for weekly sessions at the start of your treatment. You may start to feel benefits after the first or second treatment, although long-standing and chronic conditions usually need more time to see an improvement. Many people then choose to have treatment several times a year and come for a seasonal treatment to help them to move easily from one season to the next. Patients also choose to have regular treatment as a preventative method, to maintain good health.

Should I tell my doctor I'm having acupuncture treatments?

If you currently receive treatment from your doctor, it's recommended you tell your doctor that you are planning to have acupuncture. Do not stop taking your medication. You should always tell your acupuncturist about any medication you are taking as this could affect your response to acupuncture treatment. The more people who let their GPs know they are having acupuncture treatment, the higher the profile of acupuncture, and the more people will benefit.

Is Cosmetic Acupuncture Safe?

Cosmetic acupuncture treatment carries a very low risk as the needle is inserted into the skin superficially. The needles used are sterile, single-use, and disposable, and the stringent hygiene practices recommended by the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) are observed at all times to ensure your safety.

What does Acupuncture feel like?

The needles used for acupuncture are ultra-fine and bear little resemblance to clinical needles used for blood tests and injections. When the needle is inserted, the sensation can vary from a slight tingle to a dull ache but is momentary and usually mild in feeling.

Does acupuncture have any after-effects?

Initially patients often say that they feel calm and relaxed following treatment. You should refrain from doing any strenuous exercise after acupuncture and give yourself time to rest if you feel you need to. It is not advisable to drink alcohol for several hours after acupuncture treatments.

Is acupuncture safe?

Two independent surveys published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) in 2001 found that the risk of serious adverse reaction to acupuncture is less than 1 in 10,000. The needles used are single-use, pre-sterilised and are then disposed of safely and hygienically after your treatment. The stringent hygiene practices recommended by the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) are observed at all times to ensure safety. These procedures have been approved by the Department of Health and provide protection against the transmission of infectious diseases.

How many acupuncture sessions will I need?

Frequency and the number of acupuncture sessions required will depend on your individual condition. The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommends, as an example, a course of thirteen treatments, held twice weekly, for lower back pain. It is

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