Chesterfield Acupuncturist’ s Frequently asked Questions
Q: How old is Chinese Medicine?
A: Chinese medicine goes back over 3,000 years.
Q: How does Acupuncture work?
A: Chinese medicine use tiny needles and herbs to help nurture the body back to health by helping resolve energy imbalances.
Q: What are the Acupuncture needles like ?
A: Only sterile, disposable needles are used so there is no risk of infection. We use a needle once, then dispose of it. Acupuncture needles are small and hair-thin. They are solid, not hollow like needles used by doctors. The end of an acupuncture needle is smooth and rounded. Acupuncture needles are not designed to cut the skin. Instead when an acupuncture is inserted, the round edge pushed the tissue aside without cutting it. Acupuncture needles are so thin, it’s as if they can glide through the spaces between the individual cells of the body.
Q: Does Acupuncture hurt?
A: People experience needling differently. There are different styles of needling.
Acupuncture needles I insert are rarely described as painful, and can be quickly adjusted if the patients does feel discomfort. If any sensation is experienced during insertion, it is often compared to a mosquito bite and disappears very quickly. Once the needles are inserted, they may be manipulated to obtain a mild “Qi” sensation.
This is how an acupuncturist engages the energy in your body in order to help balance it. Often people describe their sensations as warming, heavy, numb or tingling.
I take great care to make my clients very comfortable so that they can relax while the needles are in place. The more you can relax during an acupuncture treatment, the better the results. Many people even fall asleep during treatment.
Following treatment it is common to feel a tremendous sense of relaxation and calm.
Q: is Acupuncture safe ?
A: Acupuncture is treated as a medical theraputic procedure originally. Only Traditional Chinese Medicine professionals with a Medical degree or equivalent trainings could practice Acupuncture in the registered venues. Therefore customers’ safety is protected the most.
Q: How quickly can I expect to feel better ?
A: In general, I tell my patients they should start to feel the benefits from acupuncture in 2-3 treatments. If the problem is acute, sometimes improvement is felt after 1 treatment, and may only need 3-5 treatments to resolve. If the problem is chronic and long term, it may take a course of treatments to help resolve.
Q: How often should I have Acupuncture treatments?
A: Typically I treat patients once a week. If the condition is acute and painful, I may want to do treatments 2-3 times per week for the first couple of weeks. The benefits of acupuncture treatments tend to hold longer as you receive treatments, so what typically happens is that my patients start to need to see me less and less, so after a while they only come only periodically for maintenance.
Q: What should I wear for the treatment ?
A: Just wear loose fitting clothes that can be easily rolled up above your elbows and knees.
Q: How much does it cost for Acupuncture treatments?
A: One session standard Acupuncture cost £40, while ear acupuncture cost £15 per session. Block bookings’ discount is available. Ask for details.
Q: How long does one session Acupuncture effects last?
A: Various. General speaking, 3-7days to begin with, then with regular treatments enforcement, accumulated longer effects carry over.
Q: Does insurance cover Acupuncture?
A: Most insurance does ( Simplyhealth, Leeds Hospital Fund, HSA, Sovereign Health Care,Healthshield, HSF Health Plan, National Friendly etc.) We are member of ATCM (Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture UK) and you need to check with your insurance plan. We will give you a receipt and/or fill out a form you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.