Auricular AcupunctureIs Acupuncture 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 I use 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? Do the needles hurt?
Acupuncture needles are much finer than needles used for injections and blood tests, so it is unlikely that you will be in a lot of discomfort. When the needle is inserted through the skin, you may feel a tingling sensation or dull ache. Some points are more uncomfortable than others. My general needle technique is quick and it is rarely necessary to leave the needles in situ in the body for long periods of time.Should my doctor know I am having Acupuncture?
If you have been prescribed medication, I recommend that you tell your doctor that you are planning to have acupuncture. Do not stop taking your medication. You should always tell me about any medication and supplements you are taking, as this may affect your response to the acupuncture treatment. I am trained to recognise potentially serious underlying health conditions and may refer you to your GP, if I consider it appropriate.
Is acupuncture needle safe?
Yes! Because now acupuncture is carried out with sterile and disposable needles approved by FDA.
How many sessions do I need for treatment?
Since each person is unique, the number of treatments needed will vary. Determining factors are the type of condition, whether the condition is chronic or acute, and the vitality of the individual. Again, you should discuss your treatment program with your acupuncturist.
How long each session takes?
Normally, each session takes 20 to 30 minutes. It depends on the sensitivity of each individual and the kind of diseases and conditions. In general speaking, the quality of acupuncture treatment relies on the experience and skill of an acupuncturist. They are combination of diagnosis of symptom, accuracy of acupoints, timing, the depth and angle of insertion, techniques of manipulation, etc.
Should I stop other medications?
No, you should continue to follow your current physician's instructions. Please remember that acupuncture is used to complement and supplement your physician's treatments not to replace them. You should discuss this e with your physician and acupuncturist.