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Stokesley Acupuncture Clinic

FAQs Acupuncture

We have put together a number of common questions relating to Acupuncture, however if you have any further questions please don't hesitate to arrange an appointment or contact us to discuss your circumstances.

Can acupuncture help me?

Acupuncture is recommended for a broad range of conditions from specific ailments to general feelings of ill health and low energy. See list to the right.

Who can have acupuncture?

Acupuncture is suitable for all ages including babies, children and the elderly.

Can children and adolescents have acupuncture?

Yes. Children and adolescents usually respond very well to acupuncture. Many acupuncturists specialise in pediatric care.

How many sessions will I need?

That depends on your individual condition. At first your acupuncturist will normally ask to see you once or twice a week. You may start to feel benefits after the first or second treatment although long-standing and chronic conditions usually need more time to improve. Once your health has stabilised you may need top-up treatments every few weeks. Traditional acupuncture is also very effective when used as preventative healthcare and many people like to go for a 'retuning' session at the change of each season throughout the year.

What does acupuncture feel like?

Most people find acupuncture to be very relaxing. Patients often describe the needle sensation as a tingling or dull ache. This is one of the signs the body's qi, or vital energy, has been stimulated.

I'm scared of needles

Acupuncture needles are very much finer than the needles used for injections and blood tests. You may not even feel them penetrate the skin and once in place they are hardly noticeable.

How should I prepare for an acupuncture treatment?

Try not to have a large meal within an hour of your appointment as the process of digestion will alter the pattern of your pulse, and you may need to lie on your stomach. You should also avoid alcohol and food or drink that colours your tongue such as coffee or strong tea. It is a good idea to wear loose-fitting clothes so that the acupuncture points, especially those on your lower limbs, are easily accessible.

And after the treatment?

You are likely to feel relaxed and calm. If the treatment has been particularly strong you may feel tired or drowsy and it is worth bearing this in mind if you plan to drive or use any other machinery soon afterwards.

Are there any Side effects?

Acupuncture has virtually no unpleasant side effects. Any that do occur are mild and self-correcting. Occasionally there may be minor bruising at the needle point or a short-term flare-up of your symptoms as your qi clears and resettles.

Costs and will my private health insurance cover acupuncture?

That depends upon your insurer. As the demand for complementary medicine increases more private health insurance companies are beginning to offer cover for traditional acupuncture. You should check your individual policy details.


Our treatment centre at Stokesley offers evening & weekend appointments as well as home visits.

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Acupuncture has been credited with relief of the following conditions:

  • Chronic and Acute Pain - Injuries, headaches, neck and back pain, tendonitis, sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia
  • Depression, Anxiety & Stress Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Eye and Ear Disorders; Tinnitus, Meniere's disease.
  • Addictions to nicotine, alcohol and drugs.
  • Immune Function, Recurrent infections
  • Urinary and Reproductive Disorders; Cystitis, menstrual cramps, irregular or heavy periods, infertility, menopausal symptoms.
  • Digestive Disorders, Irritable bowel IBS, colitis, constipation, diarrhoea, gastritis, heartburn, food allergies, ulcers
  • Upper Respiratory Disorders - Asthma, allergies, bronchitis, sinusitis, sore throat, laryngitis, colds and flu.
  • Neurological Disorders; Post-stroke recovery, Bell's Palsy & Trigeminal Neuralgia, movement disorders
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