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Useful Information

What is acupuncture/Cupping/Gua sha?

Getting ready for your acupuncture appointment

What can you expect at your first treatment?

Will it hurt?

What to expect after your treatment?

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Acupuncture has developed over thousands of years, with the earliest written records dating back to 3000 years ago. It involves the use of needles which are 0.1mm thick (compared to a syringe needle which is 2.5mm thick) in very specific acupuncture points which are located on meridians. 


In the Far East, Acupuncture is used for a very wide range of ailments....from a simple cold to complex conditions such as Bells Palsy and Strokes, women's health, musculoskeletal complaints as well as emotional issues.


Acupuncture focuses on rebalancing energy (referred to as 'Qi' - pronounced 'chi'). Qi can become blocked as a result of physical or emotional trauma. This can result in pain, tiredness or one or more of our systems or organs failing to function optimally. 

Acupuncture doesn't just involve needles. Ancillary methods (cupping or Gua sha) can also be used as part of a treatment.

Gua sha

Gua sha involves using an smooth edged tool, such as a jar lid, soup spoon or jade stone.

By gently scraping the skin blood flow is increased in this area which in turn increases nutrients to the skin.


Cupping is also used to increase blood flow to the area. This helps to promote healing and can alleviate pain. A vacuum is created within a glass jar using a flame. The jar is then placed on the skin. 

Getting ready for your
acupuncture appointment

Please complete the patient information form sent via email and print this. Alternatively, you can email the completed form prior to your appointment so that the acupuncturist is aware of your medication and conditions.


A number of points are located on the arms, legs and feet so it is really helpful if you can wear loose fitting clothes to make it easy to access these areas.

Avoid coffee, tea and alcohol at least ONE hour before your appointment as this can affect your pulse rate. Acupuncturists can use the pulse to support their diagnosis.

What can you expect at your first treatment?

The acupuncturist will take a full medical history and ask a range of health questions before making a diagnosis. Some of the questions may appear to be irrelevant from a Western medical perspective. This is because TCM looks at the whole body as well as the function of the organs from a different perspective. Please feel free to ask questions during your treatment so that you understand the approach being taken.


Will it hurt?

An acupuncture needle is 0.1mm thick whilst a medical syringe needle is 2.5mm in diameter.  Patients often say they didn't even feel the needle. The needle can occasionally feel like a slight prick on insertion.


When the needle is inserted you will be asked to let the acupuncturist know when you feel a sensation. Sensation can vary from one location to another but is generally felt as tingling, an electrical sensation, a small sharp prick which is very brief or a dull ache. 

What to expect after your treatment

The response after each treatment can vary but usually patients feel either full of energy or very relaxed. If your body needs to heal, you can feel tired so please ensure that you can rest after your treatment if needed. Some patients do not feel any difference until the next day. Please note that acupuncture is cumulative so any long term condition may take a few sessions before you start to notice an improvement.