Treatment FAQS

 Your questions about acupuncture

You probably have a whole host of questions about acupuncture even if you have had it in the past. So to help you out, I’ve listed some of the common questions I get asked.

How many acupuncture appointments will I need?
Everyone is different but usually your appointments will start on a weekly basis then become less frequent as your symptoms improve. Patients will often report a good response within 4 or 5 treatments.

Does acupuncture hurt?
Many people are surprised that acupuncture is relatively painless process and describe the whole experience as quite relaxing. You may have initial nerves as it is a new experience for you, but then you’ll quickly relax I wonder what you were worried about.

Are there any side effects?
Sometimes people can feel tired or a little bit achy, especially after their first acupuncture treatment. These effects will quickly wear off and usually don’t last longer than 12 to 24 hours. This seems to be more common on the first treatment rather than subsequent treatments.

How many needles do you use in each treatment?
The number of needles used in a treatment depends on quite a few different things. I sometimes only use two or three needles in a treatment, but for other conditions I may use more. So if you are feeling nervous or anxious I will only use a few points until you feel comfortable. I can also use a needle free version of acupuncture.

How big are the needles?
This is a hard question to answer is they are very fine and probably a lot smaller than you imagine. They are smaller than injection needles or very fine sewing needles. In fact they are so fine that it takes quite a bit of skill to get them through the skin surface without bending the needle.

Do I need to tell my doctor?
You don’t need a referral from your GP to start treatment. If you are having acupuncture for a condition that you already seeing your GP for, out of courtesy you should let them know at your next scheduled appointment.

If you are not sure if acupuncture is right for you…just call and ask!


Hazel Andrews Lic Ac MAcS
7 Ash Gardens, South Marston
Swindon Wilts SN3 4XX
Tel: 01793 827507

Opening Hours

Mon – Thur: 9am to 7pm
Friday: 9am – 2pm
Sat & Sun: Closed

Clinic Number

01793 827507

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