Traditional acupuncture

Frequently asked questions

What does it feel like?

Most people's experience of needles is those used in injections and blood tests. Acupuncture needles have little resemblance to these. They are much finer and are solid rather than hollow. When the needle is inserted, the sensation is often described as a tingling feeling of relaxation

Should my doctor know?

If you have been prescribed medication it makes sense to tell your doctor that you are planning to have acupuncture. You should always tell your acupuncturist about any medication you are taking as this may affect your response to the acupuncture treatment

Is it safe?

Acupuncture is generally very safe. Reseach show that serious side effect are very rare, less that one per 10,000 treatment. The needles used are single, sterile and disposable.

All members of the British Acupuncture Council (BacC) must observe a Code of Practice which lays down stringent standards of hygiene and sterilisation for needles and other equipment. These procedures have been approved by the Department of Health and provide protection against the transmission of infectious diseases.

Patients who has been treated by a BacC member are eligible to donate blood through the National Blood Service.

For more information regarding where I practice acupuncture in Cheltenham and Gloucester, see the contact details page.