Frequently Asked Questions
Is it safe?
The results of two independent surveys published in the British Medical Journal in 2001 (MacPherson et al, White et al, both BMJ September 2001) concluded that the risk of serious adverse reaction to acupuncture is less than 1 in 10,000. The needles used are single-use, sterile, and disposable. Responses to treatment can sometimes include tiredness or mild dizziness, and very occasionally minor bruising may occur. However, all such reactions are short-lived.
What does it feel like?
Acupuncture needles are much finer than needles used for injections and blood tests. When the needle is inserted you may feel a tingling sensation or dull ache
Do I need to do anything before acupuncture?
Not really, but please do not arrive really hungry or after a glass or two of wine! If it is your first visit, please be sure to bring a list of the medication you are taking, and remember to wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing.
Can I have acupuncture if I'm pregnant?
Absolutely! If you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant, please make sure that the acupuncturist knows, as some acupuncture points are contra-indicated in pregnancy.
These are the most common questions asked, but if you have any queries, feel free to post a comment in the contact page and Jamie will get back to you as soon as possible.