Frequently Asked Questions

Is acupuncture safe?

Acupuncture is considered a safe treatment which, at times, can cause minor side effects, like tiredness, dizziness or local bruising. The risk of a serious adverse reaction is extremely rare. All acupuncture needles are single used, sterile, and disposable.

Does it hurt?

Acupuncture needles are extremely thin. You may feel a dull, tingling sensation as they reach the acupuncture point. For most patients, the pain is much less than they initially expected.

What will happen during treatment?

During your first visit you will be asked detailed questions about your medical history, general health and lifestyle. All that information will be kept strictly confidential, and will help Cristina plan a specific course of treatment for you. All treatments will include the reading of your pulses (felt at your wrist) and a look at your tongue.

What should I do before treatment?

Many of the acupuncture points are below the knee and below the elbow so wearing loose clothing is recommended to allow access to these areas. A gown will be provided when points need to be treated on other parts of your body.
Please try to avoid going for treatment on an empty stomach or after a heavy meal.

What will happen after treatment?

Most patients tend to report feeling energised or more relaxed. However, you may feel quite tired or drowsy if the treatment has been particularly strong. Please take this into account if you are planning to drive or use machinery.

How often will I need treatment?

About four weekly treatments are usually recommended to make a significant change. The frequency will be decreased depending on how your treatment progresses and how if best suits your needs.

How many treatments will I need?

Acupuncture treatment plans are all unique to each patient and the number of sessions will vary depending on your condition. As a general rule, acute conditions may require only a few sessions, whereas a long standing illness could take longer to improve.

How soon will I notice results?

This varies between patients. While most patients notice changes after four to six sessions, some may feel an immediate response within 1 to 2 hours after treatment.

Should I tell my doctor?

It would be advisable to let your doctor know that you are planning to have acupuncture. Although acupuncture treatment may help you reduce or stop some forms of medication, you should never make any changes to your prescribed medication before consulting your doctor.