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Please call Paul Wan on 01483 502083 to discuss your needs or for an appointment.


How many treatment sessions will I need?

The frequency and length of treatment depends on your individual condition. Some change is usually felt after only one or two treatments but I suggest to allow for 5 to 6 treatments to assess whether acupuncture is effective for your condition. Some patients may need treatment over several months or longer-term. Initially I would  ask to see you once or twice a week and then a treatment plan can be tailored according to your specific needs and schedule.


Should my doctor know?

If you have been prescribed medication it makes sense to tell your doctor that you are planning to have acupuncture. I will need to know about any medication you are taking as this may affect your response to the acupuncture treatment.

Is acupuncture safe?


Acupuncture has a very sound track record. As a member of the British Acupuncture Council, I am required to observe the Code of Safe Practice which lays down stringent standards of hygiene. I use very high quality sterile and none coated single use needles.

What are the side effects of acupuncture?

Responses to treatment can sometimes include tiredness or mild dizziness, and on occasions minor bruising may occur. However, all such reactions are short-lived.

What does it feel like?  

Acupuncture needles are much finer than needles used for injections and blood tests. When the needle is first inserted there is little discomfort in most cases. The sensation is no more than a light pinch on the skin and often described as a tingling or a dull ache. However, discomfort may be felt in certain circumstances and this I will be deal with appropriately.

The needles are generally left in place for 20 minutes but could be between 10 to 30 minutes depending on your condition.  Once the needles are in place there should be no discomfort. During the treatment, patients may experience a dull ache travelling along the limbs, heaviness in the limbs, small twitches or a pleasant feeling of relaxation which are all part of the healing process. Patients sometimes feel so relaxed that they fall asleep during the treatment.    

What clothes should I wear for treatment?

Preferably loose fitting clothes. Treatments for neck and back pain may require you to remove your upper garment. You may be asked to remove your lower garment but never your underwear, for example, if you are being treated for hip pain, sciatica etc.. A towel will cover areas not required for treatment. 

Can I have a friend or relative in the treatment room?