Is Acupuncture safe?

Acupuncture is one of the safest medical treatments both conventional and complementary on offer in the UK.

There are very few side effects when practised by a fully qualified practitioner of traditional acupuncture.  Any mild side effects that do occur such as dizziness or bruising are mild and self correcting. When you receive treatment from a BAcC registered acupuncturist you can be confident that your wellbeing and safety is at the heart of everything your practitioner does.

What does it feel like ?

Most people find acupuncture to be very relaxing.  Patients often describe the needle sensation as a tingling or dull ache.  This is one of the signs the body’s Qi or vital energy has been stimulated.

How many sessions will I need ?

This depends on the individuals condition, normally treatments are planned weekly or twice a week.  Many people notice the benefits after the first or second treatment, although long standing conditiond usually need more time to improve.

Once your health has stabilised you may need top up treatments every few weeks.  Traditional acupuncture is also very good when used as preventative healthcare and many people like to go for a returning session at the change of season throughout the year.

How big are the needles ?

Acupuncture needles are many times thinner compared with the needles used to to take blood or deliver medicine.  They are solid rather than hollow, flexible and rounded at the tip.  Only single use disposable needles are used.

Find more FAQ’s at the British Acupuncture Council website