Q & A

This page is about any Questions you may have

What are the opening hours?

Normal opening hours are from Tuesday to Saturday from 9.30am to 6.30pm. Other appointment times may be available outside these hours on request.

N.B. This is an appointment only clinic so please phone or email in advance to make an appointment.

Tameside Acupuncture Clinic, Hyde Business Centre, 10 Corporation Street, Hyde, Tameside, SK14 1AB

Telephone  0789 472 7582 or email me at lorraine@tamesideacupunctureclinic.co.uk to make an appointment.

What happens when I go for treatment?

Your first consultation may be longer than subsequent sessions. A consultation form
will be completed with you. You will be asked about your current condition,
medical history and lifestyle. Your pulses will be taken on both wrists and
your tongue will be looked at. This consultation helps the practitioner to make
a diagnosis using Chinese Medicine principles. Once the diagnosis is made a
treatment plan will be agreed with you and the treatment will then take place. The consultation usually takes between 20 – 30 minutes and the treatment 30 – 40 minutes. Allow at least 60 minutes for the consultation and  first treatment.

At each subsequent appointment you will be asked about any changes in your condition.
Your pulses and tongue will be examined and dependent on the type of treatment
agreed your appointment will last between 30-60 minutes.

What should I do before and after treatment?

Before a treatment you should:

  • Avoid alcohol
  • Eat a light meal
  • Avoid food or drink that colours your tongue
  • Not be over tired

After the treatment you should:

  • Rest
  • Drink plenty of water (room temperature )
  • Avoid alcohol
  • Not take excessive exercise

How will I feel after treatment?

You may feel relaxed and calm. If the treatment has been particularly strong you
could feel quite tired and drowsy for a few hours and should take this into account if you are planning to drive or use machinery. Occasionally, there may be a short-term flair-up of your symptoms as your Qi clears and resettles itself.

How many treatments will I need?

This depends on the nature of what is being treated, how long you have had the condition, your age and general health. Some change is usually felt within four treatments and you will be advised to think in terms of booking an initial course of four treatments. However, occasionally only one or two treatments are needed.

At the end of the four treatments a review of your situation takes place and if needed a further course of treatments will be booked. Some people may need treatment over several months. Usual practise is to review ongoing treatment after every ten sessions.

Initially, you will normally see your practitioner weekly, then fortnightly and monthly –
6 weekly if ‘top-up’ sessions are required.

Any changes to the treatment plan will be agreed with you.

What does it feel like during treatment? Does it hurt?

Usually, acupuncture should make you feel calm and sleepy once the needles are in place. Acupuncture needles bear little resemblance to the needles used in injections and blood
tests. They are much finer and solid, not hollow. When a needle is inserted, the sensation is often described as a tingling or dull ache. Needles may be inserted and immediately removed or may be left in place for 30 minutes or more, depending on the effect required.

What needles are used?

I use single-use pre-sterilised disposable needles, which are disposed of
immediately after use. My main supplier is Acurea.

Is it 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. There have been very few reports of serious adverse effects and most adverse effects are transient, lasting no more than a day or so.

What is Chinese Medicine?

According to Chinese philosophy our health is dependent on the body’s motivating energy
moving in a smooth and balanced way through a series of channels beneath the skin. This energy is known as Qi (‘chee’).

The flow of Qi can be disturbed by any number of factors. These include emotional states such as anxiety, grief or anger, as well as poor nutrition, lack of exercise, hereditary factors, infections and trauma.

When the Qi is unbalanced ill-health may result.

Chinese medicine aims to bring back balance to the Qi by using either acupuncture,
moxibustion, cupping, massage, nutrition or herbs either individually or in combination.

Who has Chinese Medicine treatments?

Many people come to Chinese Medicine for help with specific symptoms or conditions. Others choose Chinese Medicine as a preventative measure to strengthen their constitution and maintain good health. Chinese Medicine is suitable for all ages including babies and children. It can be used alongside conventional medicine.

Should I tell my doctor?

If you are receiving treatment from your doctor then it is sensible to tell them you are having acupuncture.

Is acupuncture available on the NHS?

Yes, acupuncture is available on the NHS and some GP’s provide acupuncture. Your GP
will need to make a referral if you require acupuncture via the NHS.

Why should I go to a British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) member?

BAcC members have an extensive training in acupuncture and in biomedical sciences.
As well as being covered by full Medical Malpractice and Public/Products Liability Insurance. BAcC members are bound by codes of professional conduct and safe practice.

What should I look for in an acupuncturist?

As well as checking that they are registered with a professional body and have appropriate insurance cover, you may find that your personal rapport with the practitioner is important. You need to feel comfortable with the practitioner, feel they understand you, your condition and what you want from treatment and can explain clearly what you can expect from them.

Do I have to believe in this for it to work?

No. All I would ask is that you turn up a minimum of 4 treatments to give yourself a chance to see positive changes.

Will I have to come and get acupuncture forever to keep feeling well?

For short term issues likely not. However, if it is a chronic or longstanding issue then a maintenance schedule of acupuncture may be needed after the initial more intensive treatment plan. I aim to provide as few acupuncture treatments as possible whilst maintaining a positive outcome for the individual. It all depends on what you need!