Susan Bishop Acupuncture

Member of the British Acupuncture Council

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Is Acupuncture Safe?

There have been three surveys in the last six years, which have shown that acupuncture is amongst the safest therapies in use in the UK today. Out of 68,000 recorded treatments in two of the 2001 surveys, there were only 14 minor adverse events such as bruising and feeling nauseous. There have been very few reports of serious adverse effects, and most adverse effects last no more than a day or so.

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What are the needles like?

Acupuncture needles, unlike hypodermic needles, are solid and extremely fine (around 0.25mm) in diameter. The needles are sterile (single use) and are safely disposed of at the end of the treatment.

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Does it hurt?

Because Acupuncture needles are so fine they do not generally cause as much discomfort as injections, however there is often a sensation that may varyingly be described as an ache or tingling that generally passes after a few seconds.

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Should I tell my Doctor?

If you are currently receiving treatment from your doctor for your condition then it would be sensible to mention that you are considering acupuncture. There are certain drugs such as strong blood thinners like Warfrin and Heprin, which may prevent you from having acupuncture, in this case you will be requested to consult your doctor before commencing treatment.

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I’m taking medication for my condition does this affect treatment?

Some medications may affect your diagnosis and treatment, but details will be taken in to account and discussed during your consultation. Any change or reduction in medication should be discussed with your doctor.

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How do I know if acupuncture can help me?

Acupuncture may help many conditions, there has been increasing positive research into the effectiveness of acupuncture. Although acupuncture has been shown to be effective, there are exceptions, so response to treatment will be monitored and you should expect to notice some improvement within 4 – 5 treatments. If this is not the case then you will be advised that acupuncture may not be the best treatment for you.

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How many treatments do I need ?

This does vary by individual, but generally speaking the more chronic and long standing the condition the more treatments will be required. Some degenerative conditions may require regular maintenance treatments, usually every 5 – 6 weeks to continue the benefit.

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What happens during the treatment, and how will I feel?

Please see the treatment page.

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Do I have to get undressed?

Acupuncture treatment may not be done through clothing so for example if you are coming for treatment for back pain some undressing will be necessary to access the area, although other conditions may be treated by using points on arms and legs. If you are worried about getting undressed please discuss this when you book your appointment.

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I’m still not sure if acupuncture is for me?

Please contact Susan on 07710 349692 or Email, and she will be happy to discuss your concerns, or alternatively book a free 15 –20 minute appointment.

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