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tunbridge wells acupuncture
Acupuncture FAQ



    What are the main types of Acupuncture in the UK?

  • There are several main styles of acupuncture in use.

  • Traditional Chinese Medicine

  • TCM analyses information gleaned through the four methods of diagnosis - Looking, asking, listening and palpating. Treatment is based on the pattern which emerges.

  • Five Elements Acupuncture

  • Acupuncture using just the Five Elements theory was developed in England by JR Worsley. I use it, but in a broader, more traditional context.

  • Western (Medical) Acupuncture.

  • Used by western medical practitioners, the emphasis is on treating muscles and nerves, usually for pain control.

  • Dry Needling

  • This is often taught as a weekend course for physios, osteopaths and chiropractors. It is useful used for tight muscles and pain but obviously limited in scope.
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  • What diseases can acupuncture treat?

  • Acupuncture affects a huge range of conditions (see News).
  • Rather than treating diseases as such, we focus on the person experiencing the symptoms, so a given condition could be treated in very different ways.

  • If you ask people you know, you will get an idea of what sort of problems have been helped.
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  • What can I do to help with the treatment?

  • A lot! Take a look at helping yourself section for suggestions
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    Does it hurt?

  • My style of acupuncture uses fine needles, with gentle stimulation. Although it is possible to feel strong sensations, most patients enjoy the treatment. The sensations of tingling, warmth or heaviness are welcome signs of activity. Massage, pressure, cupping, warming and even light touch may also be used in treatment.

  • Is it safe?

  • Acupuncture from properly trained practitioners is one of the safest therapies in the UK. In a recent survey of 68,000 treatments there were only 14 minor adverse events.

  • How will I feel after acupuncture?

  • You may feel relaxed and calm, possibly a little tired, or energized immediately after treatment. Sometimes the symptoms can worsen briefly and you would then expect a good improvement.
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  • Should I tell my doctor?

  • If you are receiving treatment from your doctor then it is sensible to mention that you plan to have acupuncture.

    I will need to know about any medication you are taking as this may affect your response to the acupuncture treatment.
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  • Should I continue with my prescribed medication during acupuncture treatment?

  • Yes, at least until you have discussed this with your doctor. Do not stop taking any medication without professional guidance.
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  • Do you accept card payments?

  • Sorry, just cheques or cash. Internet bank transfers are fine, though. Please ask for details.
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  • Do you offer concessionary rates?

  • I have to balance reduced fees with feeding the family, so I have a quota of patients receiving concessions. It is full at the moment, but I would be glad to add you to the list if you ask.
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  • Will my private health insurance cover me?

  • Many health insurance companies including AXA PPP will pay.
    Please check first, as you may need to be referred by a doctor or consultant, and cover may be limited.
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  • Can I park outside the Clinic?

  • You can use any of the spaces except the one nearest the waiting room, which is for people with disabilities.
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  • When is the best time to phone?

  • Try between 8:00 and 6:00 weekdays. If I am treating I can usually return calls promptly, so do leave a message.
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