FAQ's

Below are a list of questions frequently asked by new patients. If you have any further questions please contact me for further information at Altrincham Acupuncture.

  • What Accreditation do you have?

    I have a BA in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the well respected Shanghai University of TCM and I am a member of the The British Acupuncture Council and Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine.

  • Are you insured?

    Yes - I have Public & Products Liability Insurance cover to comply with my membership of The British Acupuncture Council.

  • What is Moxibustion?

    There are two types of moxibustion: direct and indirect. Our clinics use indirect Moxibustion - this is where either a section of Mugwort is attached to an acupuncture acupoint and lightly burnt or alternatively where a stick of Mugwort is held near to the skin and removed when the skin turns slightly red.

    Moxibustion is believed to pre-date acupuncture, and acupuncture/needles originated to supplement moxa circa 2nd century BC.

    We use moxa on its own or with Acupuncture to warm regions of the body and acupuncture points with the aim of stimulating through the points and inducing a smoother flow of blood and qi.

  • What is Cupping?

    The Cupping treatment is considered to be a form of acupuncture - Acupuncture itself has been utilised as a form of medical treatment in China for 2500 years.

    Cupping offers an alternative to the more traditional form of needles.

  • Can Chinese Medicine work when other treatments have failed?

    Yes. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine are often successful in cases of chronic disease, acute pain or stress related problems, which have not responded to conventional western medicine.

  • Should I stop taking my current medicine?

    No. Chinese medicine is a complementary medicine, and works alongside Western medicine. However, it is important that you let us know about any medication you are taking.

  • What happens at the consultation?

    During the consultation and before deciding what treatment will be needed, your practitioner will look carefully at your tongue and examine the pulses in both of your wrists.

    This method of diagnosis is unique to Chinese medicine. The tongue through its shape, colour and coating indicates the condition of your internal organs, and there are 28 different qualities which can be felt on the pulse by an experienced practitioner.

    You will also be asked about your medical history and lifestyle in order to gain an overall picture of the state of your health.

  • How many treatments will I need?

    This varies from patient to patient depending on how long you have had the condition, and will be discussed with you at the first consultation.

    Generally the more acute problem will respond more quickly, some conditions improving after only one or two treatments. For longer lasting chronic conditions it is important to allow the treatment time to take effect.

    For many conditions we would normally advise weekly treatments at first, reducing to fortnightly and then monthly appointments as the condition improves.

  • Is acupuncture painful?

    No. When the needles are inserted there may be an occasional minimal discomfort. Patients sometimes describe the initial feeling as a tingling sensation, which indicates that the treatment is having an effect.

    Others describe the feeling as a numbness at the point of entry or as slightly heavy or dull. The needles are usually left in place for about 15 - 30 minutes.

    Many people will feel very relaxed or even sleepy after treatment.

  • Is acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine safe?

    Yes. When the needles are inserted there may be an occasional minimal discomfort. Patients sometimes describe the initial feeling as a tingling sensation, which indicates that the treatment is having an effect.

    Others describe the feeling as a numbness at the point of entry or as slightly heavy or dull. The needles are usually left in place for about 15 - 30 minutes.

    Many people will feel very relaxed or even sleepy after treatment.