The FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Before booking an appointment, you may have one or two questions to ask. Please feel free to give us a call on 020 8523 2669 or alternatively, browse through the items below (click on the question). As indicated, all answers have been provided by reputable governing bodies.

The information below is purely for general guidance and must not be taken as medical advice or diagnosis for personal conditions.

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Acupuncture

Why have traditional acupuncture?

Many people use acupuncture for help with specific symptoms or conditions. Others choose acupuncture as a preventive measure to strengthen their constitution or because they just feel generally unwell. Acupuncture is considered suitable for all ages including babies, children and the elderly. It can be very effective when integrated with conventional medicine.

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Is acupuncture safe for babies, children and teenagers?

Yes. Children and adolescents usually respond very well to acupuncture. Many acupuncturists specialise in paediatric care.

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Should I tell my Doctor I am having acupuncture?

If you are currently receiving treatment from your doctor it is sensible to mention that you plan to have acupuncture. Your acupuncturist will need to know about any medication you are taking as this may affect your response to the acupuncture treatment.

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I am scared of needles – Can I still have acupuncture?

Yes. Certain styles like Japanese acupuncture use needles that do not break the skin or are inserted extremely lightly. Acupuncture needles are very much finer than the needles used for injections and blood tests. You may not even feel them penetrate the skin and once in place they are hardly noticeable.

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Should I still take my prescribed medication?

Yes. The acupuncture treatment may enable you to reduce or even stop taking some forms of medication but you should always consult your doctor regarding any change of prescription. DO NOT stop taking medication without professional guidance.

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What does acupuncture feel like?

Most people find acupuncture to be very relaxing. Patients often describe the needle sensation as a tingling or dull ache. This is one of the signs the body’s qi, or vital energy, has been stimulated.

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Are there any unpleasant side effects?

Acupuncture has virtually no unpleasant side effects. Any that do occur are mild and self-correcting. Occasionally there may be minor bruising at the needle point or a short-term flare-up of your symptoms as your qi clears and resettles. 

– British Acupuncture Council