acupuncture bath needles
acupuncture bath needles


There is a growing body of evidence-based clinical research which shows how the body responds to acupuncture and how it benefits a wide range of common health conditions. Many people come for acupuncture, from the very young to the very old. Some have specific symptoms such as osteoarthritis of the knee, others feel generally “unwell” or want to maintain good health. Many people have regular treatments because they find it so beneficial and relaxing.

Most patients report a pleasant feeling of relaxation. The needles used are very fine and are inserted just beneath the surface of the skin. They may either be left in for around 20 mns or withdrawn immediately. You may feel a slight ache known as “deqi” but this is not painful and only lasts 1 or 2 seconds. Sometimes patients may feel a stronger sensation which is sharp or stinging – this too will not last.

No – the main acupuncture points are below the elbow and knee and if you wear loose clothing these points can be easily accessed. If you need to have points on other areas of the body or other treatments such as cupping or massage, appropriate towelling is always used.

Everyone is assessed individually and some conditions require longer courses of treatment than others. I usually suggest 4 – 6 sessions, although in very acute conditions improvements are seen more quickly. Initially, treatments are given weekly progressing to fortnightly or more as the required response is achieved. Chronic conditions sometimes require top up treatments at six-weekly or three-monthly intervals.

If you have been prescribed medication I will need to know what these are but otherwise there is no real need to inform your doctor. BAcC acupuncturists are trained to recognise potentially serious underlying health conditions and in these instances you may need to be referred back to your GP.