Is acupuncture safe?
Acupuncture is a natural therapy, using ultra-fine needles, which is very safe. All needles used are sterile, single-use disposable needles. It is safe and gentle enough for vulnerable groups: babies and children, the elderly and the frail, pregnant and breastfeeding mothers, chronically ill and palliative care.
Jill is an active member of the British Acupuncture Council (MBAcC) which ensures that all members follow a strict Code of Safe Practice and Professional Conduct.
Should I tell my doctor?
You are not obliged to tell your doctor, indeed acupuncture is often used alongside western medical treatment.
However, if you are considering reducing or stopping medications, as symptoms may lessen with acupuncture treatment, it is important that your doctor is made aware of your acupuncture treatments and your desire to change your medications.
Can I receive acupuncture treatment with my private health scheme?
Most private health insurers cover the cost of acupuncture but it is advisable to contact your insurer directly to find out what is covered in your policy. Jill's credentials, as a BAcC member, BSC (hons), Lic Ac., meet the qualifications needed for the insurer, should they wish you to provide the details of your practitioner.
How often will I need acupuncture?
After the initial diagnosis, Jill will discuss your treatment plan with you. It is strongly advised to commence acupuncture treatment with weekly treatments for up to 6 weeks, this gives the body a significant 'dose' of acupuncture to start to rebalance. Following the initial period, Jill advises that intervals between treatments may lengthen up to 2-3 weeks or longer depending upon the condition and the need for treatment.
Acupuncture is considered by many people as preventative care, a way to keep things in balance. With this view many patients visit their acupuncturist on a regular basis.