Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture - Chris Low

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Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture


What conditions can acupuncture treat?

Acute and chronic ailments. The range of conditions which have been treated by acupuncture alone, or as an adjunct to conventional treatment, is a varied one. If you want to know whether acupuncture may help your condition, please contact me.

As an example, the following give an indication of the variety of ailments treatable on the substantial basis of current scientific knowledge:

Dental pain, nausea, vomiting, osteoarthritis of the knee (adjunctive or temporary treatment), tension-type headache (requiring short-term relief), lower back pain (temporary or short-term relief).

For evidence-based studies on acupuncture, click here.

Health promotion.
Such as seasonal 'tone-up', stress reduction, disease prevention (for recurrent seasonal ailments, for example). For further information on acupuncture and health promotion, click here.

Who has acupuncture?

Young and old alike may benefit from acupuncture, and in practice this ranges from young children from about two years old to the elderly aged 90 or over. People seeking treatment with acupuncture generally fall into two groups:

  • Those who have specific symptoms or medical conditions which may not have responded satisfactorily to conventional medical treatment alone. Also, for those seeking specific pain relief to complement existing treatment such as osteoarthritis of the knee.

  • People who are interested in promoting their own health and constitution; also people who feel that they are 'out of balance' physically, mentally or emotionally and wish to return to optimum health.

What does a session cost?

First consultation and treatment (1 hr)  £65
Follow up sessions  (45 min)  £55

Saffron Walden
First consultation and treatment (1 hr)  £60
Follow up sessions (30 min)  £45

First consultation and treatment (1 hr)  £55
Follow up sessions (40 min)  £40

What does acupuncture feel like?

Acupuncture needles are extemely fine, and insertion is usually painless. Shortly after insertion, the sensation is often described as tingling, slight numbness or a dull localised ache. During treatment, patients may experience a heaviness in the limbs or a pleasant, relaxed feeling. Needles are generally left in place for five to twenty minutes, depending on the effect required. With young people the times are usually much less than this.

Should my GP know I am receiving acupuncture?

If you are receiving prescribed medicine from your doctor, it is a good idea to let them know that you intend to have acupuncture. In recent years doctors have become increasingly pro-acupuncture and, in the main, do not mind if their patients try it.

A course of acupuncture may enable you to reduce medication, although it is recommended that you consult your doctor regarding any changes of prescription.

Will acupuncture work alongside other medication?

Generally, yes. Some types of medication, such as strong painkillers, may reduce or modify the body's response to the needles when inserted, which means that the course of treatments may need to be longer. At the first treatment, you will be asked what medication you are taking, so that this can be taken into account in planning your course of acupuncture treatment.

Is it safe, and are there side-effects to treatment?

All members of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) observe a Code of Safe Practice, which lays down strict standards of hygiene and requires the use of sterile, single-use, disposable needles.

Untoward side-effects to acupuncture are extremely rare.

Do you have a cancellation policy?

I need 48 hour notice of cancellation, otherwise the full fee will be charged.

Is an acupuncture session completely confidential?

Yes. You personal details are not divulged to anyone and your case notes are held securely in the clinic. None of your details are held on computer or in digital storage devices (memory sticks, etc).

How many sessions am I likely to need?

The number of sessions and the interval between them varies from person to person.

Is it easy to park?

Free parking is available on the hard standing in front of the Cambridge practice. Unrestricted street parking is also available outside the premises and nearby all the clinics.

Do you work elsewhere, outside Cambridge?

I also have clinics in Saffron Walden and Swaffham, Norfolk, on a weekly basis.

When and where?

Cambridge main clinic

11.00am – 5.30pm
3.00 – 5.00pm
Thursday afternoon

25 Oxford Road
Cambridge CB4 3PH
Tel: 01223-315 400

Saffron Walden

10.00am - 1.00pm
Thursday morning

Complementary Health Clinic
21 Debden Road
Saffron Walden CB11 4AA
Tel: 01799-524 628
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10.00am - 5.00pm

Complementary Health Centre
Montpelier House, Market Place Swaffham PE37 7AQ
Tel: 01760-724 704
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