1. How thin are the needles?
    ‘The acupuncture needles are very thin and flexible, some of them as thin as a hair. For clearing techniques the thicker needles are used but they are still many times thinner than surgical needles used in hospitals. Unlike surgical ones acupuncture needles are solid, not empty and that makes them so thin.’

  2. Are you using disposable needles?
    ‘Yes. Only disposable, sterile needles are used for acupuncture.’

  3. How quickly I can expect the results from acupuncture treatments?
    ‘Most patients can experience results after 4-6 treatments. Some have convincing experience after 1 or 2 treatments. In chronic and long lasting conditions the general advice says one month of treatment should be received per every year of experiencing symptoms. The relief of pain or more balanced general functioning can be achieved much quicker as well even in chronic conditions. Every human being is individual and every patient is unique in their response.’

  4. Can I get acupuncture treatment covered by my health insurance?
    ‘Yes you can. Every insurer has slightly different rules and extent of cover. Most insurers recognise members of BAcC (British Acupuncture Council) as a condition for providing cover. Check with your insurer. See more details here: http://www.acupuncture.org.uk/179-private-health-insurers.html

  5. Are there any side effects?
    British Acupuncture Council answers this question on their webpage: ‘Occasionally a small bruise can appear at a needle site. Sometimes people can feel dizzy or tired after a treatment but this passes quickly.’

  6. Does acupuncture hurt?
    ‘It is normal to feel sensation of tingling, pulling or dull ache when the acupuncturist adjusts the needle to direct the Qi. While needles remain inserted most people feel deeply relaxed and the feeling often remains after they are removed’