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Frequently Asked Questions


1. Does acupuncture hurt?

Not usually. Acupuncture needles are typically not much thicker than a hair, and their insertion is practically painless. It is nothing like receiving an ordinary injection in a nurse. The sensation of receiving an acupuncture treatment can rarely be described as painful, it is typically described as tingling, soreness, numbness, warmth, heaviness or a mild "electric" feeling moving up or down the channels. This is one of the signs that prove a certain acupoint has been stimulated. Most people find acupuncture very relaxing and many people fall asleep during treatment.


2. Do I need to believe in acupuncture in order for it to work?

It is not necessary to believe in acupuncture for it to work, however having a positive attitude and state of mind always helps with any type of treatment. Clinical studies involving "non-believers" demonstrate positive effects when treated by acupuncture. In addition, studies on animals and small children, who cannot be thought to "believe", show positive changes through the use of acupuncture. We believe that acupuncture works by stimulating acupoints to reactive self healing function, in some way modern medical science can not explain yet.


3. How will I feel during and after acupuncture?

Most people experience a feeling of peace and relaxation during acupuncture treatment. You may feel a little of ache when the needle is being inserted into your body, followed by a dull ache or other kind of sensation, described as heaviness, distension, pressure, or mild electric current by different people, which is called “eQi”in our Chinese medicine and is considered as a therapeutic sign. While the needles are retained in your body for 15-30 minutes, it is usually no   pain.  

After acupuncture treatment, you usually feel relaxed and calm , and you should be fine to drive or do routine work. If you are in any doubt, you could take a friend with you on your first visit. Occasionally you may feel a bit tired or drowsy for half and hour to two hours if the treatment is particularly strong or you respond to acupuncture more sensitively. In a small number of people, there may be a short term flaring up of your symptoms as your Qi clears and resettles itself.


4. What about the needles used?

A: We always use pre-packed and sterilized disposable needles that are only once. And after the needles have been used, it will be disposed of after each treatment. For the members of The Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine (UK) - ATCM, we have the Code of Practice which lays down strict standards of hygiene and sterilization of equipment.


5. Is Acupuncture safe?

Acupuncture is very safe when practiced by a licensed, trained professionals such as our practitioner. In addition, we adhere to strict codes of conduct and hygiene laid down by our representative organization, The Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine (UK).

The safety mainly depend on the knowledge and experience of the practitioner on human anatomy, indication and contraindication of acupuncture, and consciousness of responsibility on practice. Over the last 30 years, there are some reports worldwide on some very rare incidents in which patients suffer from infection, Pneumothorax, etc by acupuncture. All these incidents were caused by under qualified or careless practitioners. Therefore, in order to avoid such risk, it is important for you to make sure that your acupuncturist is well qualified and experienced, and very responsible.


6. Is there any risk of cross infection from acupuncture?

A: We always use pre-packed and sterilized disposable needles that are for single use only and it will be disposed of after each treatment. We are guaranteed that you will not get any cross infection from our acupuncture treatment.

7. How can I know whether Chinese herbal medicine works for me?

Chinese herbal medicine has been successfully used for treating many different illnesses. And it was proved safe and very effective. Some patients or some illnesses respond to the Chinese herbal medicine treatment even better than others. So before you try, it is difficult for you to know if Chinese herbal medicine is good for you or not. If you have any questions, you can come to ask our practitioner.


8. Is Chinese herbal medicine safe?


A: Generally speaking, Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) is very safe, especially when it is prescribed by a qualified TCM practitioner. They are no side effects if you do not abused or misused. If you use incorrect, even cooking salt can be toxic when you wrongly use. As a general rule there are no side effects or harmful ingredients. Because Chinese herbal medicine is a natural medicine, it is much safer than Western Medicine. It has been proved in China for more than 4 thousands years, they are very effective and no harmful if you are treated by a qualified TCM practitioner. So you are advised to see a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) doctor who has qualification and registration certificates to ensure you are treated by a professional TCM practitioner. In our clinic, safety is always first priority so we do not use any toxic herbs. All the herbs in our clinic are safe. This is guaranteed.





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