No, acupuncture is a predominately pain-free and relaxing experience.
You may feel a range of sensations from a warm tingling to a dull ache at the area, which is normal and beneficial. Sometimes this is perceived as unusual by the person until they get used to the sensation.
Acupuncture is extremely safe, and serious side effects are rare. Drowsiness or tiredness may occur for some people. This is normal and you may want to take it easy for the day. Minor bleeding or bruising at a point can occur in about 3% of treatments. Some acute symptoms can be exacerbated after the first treatment. This is normal and beneficial when we are moving ‘stuck’ energy and will improve. Fainting can occur for a small percentage. This is minimized by having my clients lying down and continuously monitoring how you are feeling.
Acupuncture is very complimentary to other modalities and will generally enhance their effectiveness. It is also safe to use while on medications. All medications and treatments used, however, will be discussed at the first meeting to be sure. I am happy to communicate with your GP and other health practitioners for the best results of your healthcare.
As acupuncture and TCM are very individual, so are the lengths of treatment times. Generally acute problems will take less time than more serious problems, and patience may be required. The benefit is that you will notice improvements along the way, and the results will be long lasting.
Yes, pediatric acupuncture is very successful. In their cases only one or two needles are used, and are inserted and removed straight away very superficially. Often children do not even realize a needle has been in! Alternatively, I can use pediatric acupressure and massage.
There is no age limit and no particular groups of people who should not have acupuncture. However I do need to know your medical information to assess on an individual basis if it is right for you or we need to adjust the treatment. For example, if you have a pacemaker, are prone to fainting, have epilepsy, a blood disorder, are immune-compromised or pregnant.
Only single-use, sterile, disposable needles are used in this clinic.