Frequently Asked Questions  

Does Acupuncture hurt?  Acupuncture needles are so fine that people having treatment for the first time are surprised that it does not feel like an injection. It is common to feel a dull ache around the needles, which is considered a sign of therapeutic activity in the acupuncture points. Most people find Acupuncture treatment highly relaxing and of great therapeutic value.

Is Acupuncture safe? As a member of the Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture (ATCM) I am bound by a strict code of ethics and practice which commits me to using single use pre-sterilised disposable needles, which are disposed of after each treatment. These hygene and safety standards are approved by the Department of Health and provide protection against the transmission of infectious diseases.

How many Acupuncture sessions will I need? This varies according to the case. The severity of the condition, your age and constitution, and whether the symptoms are acute or chronic will be factors that determine the intensity and length of your treatment. Acupuncture is commonly offered in courses of 5 to 6 weekly sessions after which the need for further treatment is discussed. This is of course not a general rule as in some cases, like with sudden acute pains, it may take only one or two sessions to achieve results; while in others, like wit infertility treatment, it may take several months.

Can anyone have treatment? Acupuncture is considered a safe treatment for people of any age, and it can be effectively combined with other forms of treatment including Conventional treatment. Children and teens can also be treated with Acupuncture.

Is it safe to receive Acupuncture during pregnancy? Acupuncture is not only safe but highly beneficial during the different stages of pregnancy. As a preventative treatment, acupuncture can be used once a month to make sure mother and baby are in the best possible health; while in the last month of pregnancy a weekly acupuncture treatment helps to prepare the uterus for birth and prevent difficult labour. In addition, acupuncture can effectively help with symptoms that may arise during pregnancy.

Are Chinese herbs safe? As a member of the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine, I am obliged to use only herbal suppliers included in the Approved Supplier Scheme that ensures herbal supplies are free of harmful substances and come from a reputable source.

Do Chinese Herbs contain animal products or endangered species? All members of the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine (RCHM), are committed to following the CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) guidelines that also prohibit the use of herbs that have been proven to be highly toxic. As part of the planned Statutory State Regulation, RCHM members are also committed to not using any products of animal or mineral origin. For more information, visit http://www.rchm.co.uk/index.htm and http://www.cites.org/.

Can anyone take Chinese herbs? Chinese Herbs can be taken by all age groups from young babies to the elderly. A qualified practitioner will always take into account if you are taking other medicines, suffer from allergies, or are currently pregnant to make a prescription suitable for you.

Are Chinese herbs safe to be taken during pregnancy? Yes. A fully qualified practitioner will be able to offer you herbs that are safe to be taken during pregnancy while helping to relief your symptoms.

Can I take my conventional medication while I take Chinese herbs?
Yes. A qualified practitioner of Chinese herbal medicine always takes into account any medications or other remedies that you are taking and aims to prevent interactions between different remedies. This is done by carefully choosing the herbs contained in your formula and giving you advice on how to space the dosages of different remedies to avoid unwanted chemical reactions.

Chinese Medicine Bristol
Phone: 07947 808 484