Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What about the needles used?
A: We use single-use pre-sterilized disposable needles, which are disposed of immediately after use.
Q: Is it safe?
A: There have been three surveys in the last six years which have shown that acupuncture is amongst the safest therapies in use in the UK today. Out of 68,000 recorded treatments in two of the 2001 surveys, there were only 14 minor (bruising, feeling nauseous) adverse events. There have been very few reports of serious adverse events, and most adverse effects are transient, lasting no more than a day or so.
Q: What should I do before treatment?
A: You should 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. It would be best if you also avoided alcohol and food or drinks which change the colour of your tongue, such as coffee, before your treatment.
Q: How will I feel after acupuncture?
A: You may feel rather relaxed and calm or refresh. If the treatment has been particularly strong for detox, you could feel quite tired or drowsy for a few hours, and you should take this into account if you are planning to drive or use machinery. Occasionally there may be a short-term flare-up of your symptoms as your qi clears and resettles itself.
Q: What is cupping?
A: Cupping has been practised for thousands of years for the treatment of disease and pain. It is a form of acupuncture that focuses on the movement of blood, energy (called Qi) and body fluids, such as lymph, which circulates around the body's tissues.
Chinese medicine states that pain is due to stagnation of these systems. This stagnation can be a result of injury or stress.
Cupping is believed to stimulate the flow of blood, lymph and Qi to the affected area. Its uses include relieving pain in the muscles, especially back pain from stiffness or injury and clearing congestion in the chest, which can occur with colds & flu.
Q: Should I tell my doctor?
A: If you are receiving treatment from your doctor, then it is sensible to mention that you plan to have acupuncture. The acupuncture treatment may enable you to reduce or even stop taking some forms of medication, but you should always consult your doctor regarding any change of prescription. Your acupuncturist needs to know about any medication you are currently taking as this may affect your response to the acupuncture treatment.
Q: Should I continue with my prescribed medication while undergoing a course of acupuncture treatment?
A: Yes, at least until you have discussed this with your doctor or the practitioner who prescribed the medication. Many people seek the help of an acupuncturist because of dissatisfaction with drug treatment, because it does not seem to be working or because the side effects are unacceptable. DO NOT stop taking any medication without professional guidance.
Q: Is acupuncture available on the NHS?
A: Some primary care trusts (PCT) and GP practices offer acupuncture treatment, but it is not yet commonplace. It would be best if you always enquire about any acupuncture treatment on offer to ensure that the practitioner is safe, properly trained, competent and fully insured.
Q: Why choose Dr Julie and Dr Jeff?
A: Dr Julie and Dr Jeff both have achieved Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) senior professional titles and TCM master's degrees, we are both a member of the Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture UK (ATCM). Also, we are a member of the Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT), both have over 30 years of clinic experience, and we are husband and wife team settled in Leeds, Morley. We aim to offer the best service, earn the most satisfaction of our customer. What's more, it is essential to find a practitioner with whom you feel comfortable, who understand what you want from treatment, and who can clearly explain what they expect acupuncture treatment might do for you, we are good at it.
Q: What can acupuncture do for me?
A: This depends on whether you have specific symptoms or whether you wish to use acupuncture as a method of health maintenance. You should contact us to have a free consultation discussing your condition and answer specific questions.
Q: How many treatments will I need?
A: This varies between patients. Most people have a course of treatment and usually notice changes after one to three sessions. We will review your progress with you, and carefully monitor your treatment to ensure that it matches your needs.
Q: If I feel everything is OK? Do I need the treatment regularly?
A: It is an excellent question. If you feel you 100% better and we think you are totally recovering from treatment, we will advise you to stop treatment at any time. For some particular case, you do need to go back to have regular top-up treatment; for example, you may have a top-up treatment every 1-2 month to keep well and for protection. In the end, protection is better than cure.
Q: Will my personal information kept confidential?
A: Yes, your personal information will be treated with strict confidentially and would not be shared with a third party without gaining formal consent for our patients.