Q&A

What is acupuncture?

An acupuncturist inserts ultra-fine needles into specific points of the body. The goal is to improve the flow of qi (roughly translated as energy) in order to restore balance and trigger the body’s natural healing response.

Are acupuncture needles sterile?

At Ealing Acupuncture & Massage we only use pre-sterilised single-use needles which are disposed of after your treatment.

Ealing Acupuncture & Massage sterile single-use needles

Ealing Acupuncture & Massage uses sterile, disposable needles

How does acupuncture feel?

Most people find our style of acupuncture at Ealing Acupuncture & Massage to be very relaxing. Patients often describe the needle sensation as a tingling or dull ache. The needles we use are extremely fine and sometimes can not be felt at all.

Can I have acupuncture if I don’t like needles?

At Ealing Acupuncture & Massage you can opt for treatment without the use of needles if you prefer. We will treat you with acupressure, using massage techniques to stimulate acupuncture points and channels.

Is acupuncture safe?

Acupuncture is one of the safest medical treatments on offer in the UK.

Two surveys conducted independently of each other and published in the British Medical Journal in 2001 concluded that the risk of a serious adverse reaction to acupuncture is less than 1 in 10,000. This is far less than many orthodox medical treatments.

Does acupuncture have side effects?

There are very few side effects when practised by a fully qualified acupuncturist. Any minor side effects that do occur, such as dizziness or bruising around needle points, are mild and self-correcting.

Is my acupuncturist fully qualified?

Michelle Aris LLB BSc MBAcC is a fully qualified member of the British Acupuncture Council. Michelle completed her three year Bachelor of Science degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine at the University of Westminster.

Britsh Acupuncture Council logo

The British Acupuncture Council sets the professional standards of acupuncture practice in Britain. Members have full medical malpractice and public/product liability insurance cover. Always check that your acupuncturist is registered with the British Acupuncture Council. Members should have the letters MBAcC after their name and can can be found on the British Acupuncture Council website.

 

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