1. WHAT TO EXPECT ON YOUR FIRST VISIT The initial consultation takes 60-75minutes. This includes a thorough medical and personal history, the reading of the pulse from which the practitioner can determine the condition of the organs and how they are functioning. Then a quick look at the clients tongue to evaluate, confirm and make a diagnosis. An assessment is then made of the over all condition and a treatment plan is designed unique to you. A personalized Acupuncture treatment session will begin and some lifestyle adjustments will be discussed so the client and the practitioner can work together.
2. HOW LONG DOES A TREATMENT SESSION LAST? After initial consultation lasting between 60 and 75 minutes any follow on treatment sessions will last 60 minutes.
3. WHAT SHOULD I DO BEFORE AND AFTER MY TREATMENT? It is suggested that you eat only a light meal during the two hours before and after treatment and that no alcohol is consumed on the day of treatment, in order to maximize the effectiveness. Allow yourself to take things as easy as possible afterwards for at least two hours.
4. HOW MUCH DOES A TREATMENT COST? ACUPUNCTURE: 60 euro per session HERBAL MEDICINE: If herbs are suggested, an average 3.5-4 week supply will cost 35 euros
5. ARE THE OTHER PROCEDURES LIKE CUPPING & ELECTRO-ACUPUNCTURE INCLUDED IN THE PRICE? Yes they are all included in the session if needed in the treatment.
6. WILL I BE REQUIRED TO PAY FOR MULTIPLE TREATMENTS AT THE FIRST CONSULTATION? No. Acupuncture treatments are paid for per session. BUT there is packages available which allows the client to save on the over all cost. These have to be paid in advance or after the first consultation. A payment plan can be discussed if there are any special circumstances.
7. HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED? The number of treatments that you will need will vary according to your condition. One or two treatments may be sufficient for some acute conditions. Chronic problems usually require a longer treatment period with results not evident until after a few treatments. How long the person has had the condition, and whether there is anything in the person’s lifestyle that is interfering with the progress of the healing will affect the length of time needed. How well the patient keeps to the advice and instructions given by the practitioner will influence the speed of recovery. Some clients continue to get occasional top-up treatments after their condition has been resolved as they find that by doing so, the condition will not reoccur.
8. HOW WILL I FEEL AFTER THE TREATMENT? You may notice a marked improvement in your main complaint straight away. Often the initial improvements are in the overall state of health and the improvement in your main complaint will follow on quickly. In rare cases there may be a short-term flair-up of your symptoms, however this will quickly settle with ongoing treatment and is usually part of the healing process as the condition is being eliminated from the body and a new balance is being achieved. The length of time a condition has been present is important in assessing how quickly you are likely to improve. Also, because this system of medicine is treating all of the person - body, mind and spirit - the patient will often experience an enhanced quality of life and improved sense of wellbeing.
9. WHY SHOULD I GO WITH AN ACOI MEMBER? Acupuncture Council Of Ireland (ACOI) members have an extensive training in acupuncture and clinical medicine, appropriate to the practice of acupuncture in the UK and Ireland. As well as being covered by full Medical Malpractice and Public/ Products Liability Insurance, ACOI members are bound by codes of professional conduct and safe practice.
10. IS ACUPUNCTURE PAINFUL? The experience of being needled can vary from person to person. Needle sensations vary from not feeling the needle going in at all, to feeling warmth, heaviness or tingling, often followed by a deep relaxation and a feeling of wellness.
11. HOW BIG ARE THE NEEDLES AND ARE THEY STERILE? Some people fear injections and as a result fear Acupuncture. However Acupuncture needles are not hollow and they do not inject fluid into the body or take blood out therefore they are tiny in comparison to a standard hypodermic needle. Acupuncture needles are very fine, hair thin in diameter. However they are strong, sterile, single use [used one needle per point and then disposed of], and meet European hygiene standards.
12. ARE THE ACUPUNCTURE TREATMENTS AND CONSULTATION CONFIDENTIAL? All information given during Acupuncture treatments remains totally confidential between the Acupuncture Practitioner and the patient. Information is not shared without the consent of the patient.
13. CAN I CONTINUE WITH MY MEDICATION? Please continue as advised by your doctor. As Acupuncture is a natural therapy it will rarely interfere with your medication. However people taking blood-thinning medication like Warfarin need to be cautious when using Acupuncture. This is why the Acupuncturist will take a full medical history to ensure patient safety.
14. IS THERE ANY SOLID RESEARCH TO SUPPORT THE BENEFITS OF ACUPUNCTURE AND HERBAL MEDICINE? The Acupuncture Research Resource Centre (ARRC) who are based in London have a number of briefing papers which cover research on acupuncture’s effectiveness for a variety of conditions. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) whom are US based have also compiled a list of research documents. NICE who provide medical guidance to the NHS recommend (download the PDF, and see page 12 – section 1.6.1) acupuncture to GP’s as a treatment for persistent lower back pain.