How does acupuncture work?

Chinese Medicine has been practised for thousands of years in Asia and today, people all over the globe enjoy the benefits of acupuncture. From this perspective, illness can arise from imbalance of energy or “Qi” in the body. Acupuncture treatment aims to rebalance the body’s energy to promote healing and restore good health.

Where are the points?

The points are located on channels or meridians that run up and down the body. You don’t necessarily have to use a point in the area that hurts. For example, points on the foot could be used for migraines. It is very common to use points below the knees and elbows. Wearing loose fitting clothing can be helpful to wear to your first appointment.

How many treatments will I need?

Treatment is very bespoke, and the number of treatments will vary depending on the condition. As a rule, an acute condition which has occurred recently may only require a few treatments, while a chronic condition may take longer to improve.

How often will I need a treatment?


It is nearly always recommended to commit to about 4-6 weekly sessions to get lasting results. As treatment progresses, the frequency of treatment decreases according to the individual’s needs.

Does it hurt?

The needles used during acupuncture are very fine; when the needles are inserted you might not feel anything at all, or you might feel a small pinch. When the needle reaches the acupuncture point, there are different sensations that people feel, such as a dull ache, warmth, or tingling. Many people find the treatment so relaxing that they often fall asleep.

Is it safe?

Yes! Acupuncture treatment by a qualified practitioner is very safe. All the needles used are sterile and single use. As a member of the British Acupuncture Council, I follow strict codes of conduct and safe practice. I participate in regular continuing professional development courses to continue to broaden my knowledge and ensure all practices are up to date.

What if I’m scared of needles?

When we think of needles, we usually think of the injection needles that are used for blood tests and injections. The needles which are used during an acupuncture treatment are solid, flexible and are much finer. Acupuncture needles are as fine as a hair! There are other options that can be used to activate an acupuncture point without using needles for anyone who is worried about needles.

Emily Delahaye - Acupuncture

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