catherine dyer BSc(Hons), Lic Ac, MBAcC                                                 your natural path to wellbeing

info@acupuncturebycatherine.co.uk             07581 783 081

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

 

Some commonly asked questions are answered below.  If your question is not here, please get in touch.

 

 

 

WHAT HAPPENS AT A TREATMENT?

The first session will involve a full consultation to take your case history. You will be asked about your current symptoms, what treatment you have received, your medical history, your diet, digestive system, sleeping patterns and emotional state.  Catherine will also feel your pulses on both wrists and will look at your tongue to produce a diagnosis. Treatment will then follow.  The first session can take up to 90 minutes, with follow up sessions between 45 - 60 minutes. 

HOW WILL I FEEL AFTER TREATMENT?

Often people feel fine after treatment. Sometimes people may become tired or with a mild dizziness, but this is usually short lasting. If this occurs, you are asked not to drive. On a rare occasion, a minor bruise may appear.

 

HOW MANY SESSIONS WILL I NEED?

This is a difficult question to answer and depends entirely on the individual and condition. As a general rule of thumb, conditions of a more acute nature and of recent onset will need fewer treatments than a chronic condition which has existed for a long time.  Change is usually felt after 5 treatments, although occasionally just one or two treatments are required. Usually patients will need to come weekly at first and then the condition can be monitored. 


DOES IT HURT?

The needles used in acupuncture are very fine, much finer than a needle used to draw blood or give injections. Acupuncture should not hurt - often people don't even realise when they have a needle in them. Once the needle reaches the right point, most people describe the sensation as a tingling or dull ache, and usually find it relaxing and pleasant.

 

IS IT SAFE?

Acupuncture has a very good track record. Needles are sterile, single use only and disposable.  Catherine is a member of the British Acupuncture Council - the registering body for professional acupuncturists in the UK.  Members can be identified by 'MBAcC' after their name to show they have undergone the highest standards of training to degree level and abide by strict Codes of Safe Practice, Professional Conduct and Health and Safety legislation. 


SHOULD MY DOCTOR KNOW?

If you are being treated for a condition by a doctor and / or have been prescribed medication, it makes sense to tell your doctor that you are planning to have acupuncture. You should always tell your acupuncturist about any medication you are taking as this may affect your response to the acupuncture treatment. However, it is safe to use acupuncture alongside conventional medicine.

 

WHERE CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION?

Below are some useful links about acupuncture. 

 

The World Health Organisation A link to the WHO's list of conditions, which are shown to be helped by acupuncture through clinical trials.  Click here
The British Acupuncture Council The professional body of Acupuncturists in the UK, which has information on acupuncture and the latest research.  www.acupuncture.org.uk
London Acupuncture White Pages A website listing practitioners of Traditional Acupuncture in London, who are members of the British Acupuncture Council.   www.londonacupuncture.net