FAQ’s

FAQ’s

Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine that involves inserting thin needles into specific points on the body to balance the flow of energy (Qi) and promote healing. It is used to treat various physical, mental, and emotional conditions.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Acupuncture works by stimulating specific points on the body to regulate the flow of Qi along the body's meridians (energy pathways). In Western medicine, it is believed that Acupuncture stimulates nerves, muscles, and connective tissue, which can increase blood flow and trigger the release of endorphins, the body's natural painkillers.
Acupuncture may benefit symptoms of: Chronic pain (e.g., back pain, arthritis, headaches) Stress Depression Insomnia Digestive issues Menstrual cramps Peri-Menopause Menopause Carpel Tunnel Syndrome Arthritis Depression Anxiety Infertility Respiratory disorders (e.g., asthma, allergies)
Acupuncture needles are very thin, much thinner than hypodermic needles used for injections as they are 0.1mm in diameter. Most people feel minimal pain as the needles are inserted. Once in place, the needles may produce a tingling sensation or a dull ache, but it should not be painful. Many people find the experience relaxing.
Acupuncture is generally considered safe when performed by a trained and licensed practitioner. The needles used are sterile, single-use, and disposed of after each treatment to prevent infection.
The number of Acupuncture or Shiatsu treatments needed varies depending on the individual and the condition being treated. Some people experience relief after just one session, while others may need multiple sessions over several weeks or months. Long term conditions can take the same amount of time to resolve as having the issue
During your first session, the Acupuncturist will take a detailed health history and may perform a physical examination. You will then lie down, and the Acupuncturist will insert the needles into specific points on your body. The needles typically remain in place for 25-40 minutes. You may feel relaxed or even fall asleep during the session.
Side effects are usually mild and may include slight bleeding, bruising, or soreness at the needle sites. Some people may feel lightheaded or dizzy after treatment. Serious side effects are rare when Acupuncture is performed by a qualified practitioner.
Yes, acupuncture can be used alongside other treatments and therapies. It is often used as a complementary therapy in conjunction with conventional medical treatments, physical therapy, and other holistic practices.
Look for a licensed and certified acupuncturist with proper training and credentials. Finding a certified acupuncturist in the UK involves ensuring they have proper training, certification, and are registered with a recognized professional body. Here are steps to help you find a qualified acupuncturist: Steps to Find a Certified Acupuncturist Check Professional Associations: The Acupuncture-Acutherapy Council (AAC) is a professional organization in the UK that provides registration and certification for practitioners of acupuncture and related therapies. British Acupuncture Council (BAcC): The BAcC is one of the leading regulatory bodies for acupuncture in the UK. Their members have completed extensive training and adhere to strict professional standards. Find an acupuncturist through BAcC The Acupuncture Society: This is another professional body that registers acupuncturists who have met specific educational and professional standards. Find an acupuncturist through The Acupuncture Society Verify Qualifications and Membership: Ensure the acupuncturist is registered with a recognized body like ACC, BAcC or The Acupuncture Society. Verify their qualifications and training background. Acupuncturists typically have a degree or diploma in acupuncture or traditional Chinese medicine from an accredited institution. Seek Recommendations: Ask your GP or other healthcare providers for recommendations. Seek recommendations from friends, family, or colleagues who have had positive experiences with acupuncture. Read Reviews and Testimonials: Look for reviews and testimonials online to gauge the reputation and effectiveness of the acupuncturist. Initial Consultation: Many acupuncturists offer an initial consultation. Use this opportunity to ask about their experience, approach, and how they plan to address your specific health concerns. Ensure you feel comfortable with the practitioner and their treatment plan. Important Questions to Ask What are your qualifications and where did you train? Are you a member of a professional acupuncture association (e.g., Acupuncture-Acutherapy Council (AAC))? How long have you been practicing acupuncture? What is your experience in treating my specific condition? What can I expect during and after treatment? Are there any side effects or risks I should be aware of? By following these steps and asking the right questions, you can find a certified and experienced acupuncturist in the UK who can provide safe and effective treatment.
Coverage for Acupuncture or Shiatsu varies by insurance plan. Some health insurance plans cover acupuncture for specific conditions, such as chronic pain or nausea. It's best to check with your insurance provider to determine your coverage. We hold FHT, Shiatsu Society and Acupuncture-Acutherapy Council (AAC) memberships which may be used for insurance claims.
Shiatsu is a form of Japanese bodywork based on traditional Chinese medicine principles, incorporating finger pressure, massage, and stretching techniques. The term "Shiatsu" translates to "finger pressure," and the practice aims to balance the body's energy flow (Qi) to promote health and well-being.
Shiatsu works by applying pressure to specific points on the body, known as Acupressure points or meridians, to stimulate the flow of Qi. This can help to release tension, improve circulation, and restore balance to the body's energy pathways.
During a Shiatsu session, you will typically lie on a mat or low table, fully clothed. The practitioner will use their fingers, thumbs, palms, elbows, and sometimes knees to apply pressure to specific points on your body. They may also use techniques like stretching and joint mobilization. Sessions usually last between an hour and 90 minutes.
Shiatsu should not be painful. The pressure applied should be firm but comfortable. Some areas may feel tender or sore, especially if there is tension or blockage, but the practitioner will adjust the pressure to suit your comfort level.
Side effects are generally mild and may include temporary soreness or slight bruising in areas where pressure was applied. Some people may feel lightheaded or fatigued after a session, but these effects usually resolve quickly.
Electro-acupuncture is a modern variation of traditional acupuncture where a small electric current is passed between pairs of acupuncture needles. This technique aims to enhance the effectiveness of the acupuncture treatment by providing continuous stimulation to the acupuncture points.
In Electro-acupuncture, needles are inserted into specific acupuncture points as in traditional acupuncture. Then, electrodes are attached to the needles, and a mild electrical current is applied. The current stimulates the points more intensively than manual manipulation, potentially enhancing the therapeutic effects.
Electro-acupuncture is generally considered safe when performed by a trained and licensed practitioner. However, it is not recommended for individuals with pacemakers or other electrical implants, severe heart disease, or certain neurological conditions. Always inform your practitioner about your medical history before starting treatment.
The sensation of Electro-acupuncture can vary. Some people might feel a mild tingling or pulsing sensation due to the electrical current. It should not be painful, and the intensity can be adjusted to ensure comfort.
The primary difference is the addition of electrical stimulation to the needles in Electro-acupuncture. This continuous stimulation can enhance the effects of the treatment, potentially providing more significant pain relief or therapeutic benefits compared to traditional acupuncture.
During an Electro-acupuncture session, the practitioner will insert needles into specific acupuncture points. Electrodes are then attached to the needles, and a mild electrical current is applied. The practitioner will adjust the intensity to a comfortable level. The needles typically remain in place for 20-30 minutes, during which you may feel a mild tingling or pulsing sensation.
Qigong is a traditional Chinese practice that combines physical postures, breathing techniques, and meditation to cultivate and balance the body's vital energy, known as Qi. It is used for health maintenance, healing, and increasing vitality.
Qigong works by promoting the flow of Qi through the body's meridians (energy pathways). It integrates physical movement, controlled breathing, and mental focus to enhance physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. The practice can help to release energy blockages and restore harmony within the body.
Qigong offers a wide range of benefits, including: Improved physical health and flexibility Enhanced mental clarity and focus Reduced stress and anxiety Better balance and coordination Increased energy and vitality Enhanced immune function Support for emotional well-being
Qigong is suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels. It can be adapted to accommodate individual needs and limitations, making it accessible to almost everyone. It is particularly beneficial for those looking for a gentle, low-impact form of exercise.
The frequency of practice can vary depending on individual goals and schedules. Some people practice Qigong daily, while others may do so several times a week. Even a few minutes of practice each day can be beneficial.
Yes, there are many different styles and forms of Qigong, each with its focus and techniques. Some of the main categories include: Medical Qigong: Focuses on healing and health maintenance. Martial Qigong: Enhances physical strength and stamina, often used in martial arts. Spiritual Qigong: Aims to cultivate spiritual growth and enlightenment.
A typical Qigong session involves a combination of gentle movements, breath control, and meditation. Sessions may be led by an instructor or practiced individually. The movements are usually slow and fluid, focusing on posture and alignment, with an emphasis on deep, rhythmic breathing.
No special equipment is needed to practice Qigong. It can be performed indoors or outdoors in comfortable clothing that allows for a full range of motion. Some practitioners use a mat for floor exercises, but this is not required.
Yes, Qigong can complement other forms of exercise and therapy. It is often integrated with practices like Tai Chi, yoga, and meditation. Qigong can also enhance the benefits of conventional medical treatments and holistic therapies.
Qigong is generally safe and gentle, with minimal risk of injury. However, as with any exercise, it is important to listen to your body and avoid overexertion. If you have any medical conditions or concerns, consult with a healthcare provider before starting Qigong

These FAQs provide a general overview of what to expect from Acupuncture, Electro-Acupuncture, Shiatsu and Qigong and its benefits. If you have specific questions or concerns, it’s always best to consult with a qualified acupuncturist or healthcare provider.

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