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Who has acupuncture?

I give treatments to people in all age groups. Many people come for acupuncture seeking help with specific symptoms such as nausea, or to relieve specific pains such as that created by osteoarthritis of the knee. Some use acupuncture because they feel generally unwell but have no obvious diagnosis. Some choose acupuncture to help maintain good health or simply to enhance their feeling of well being.


Does it hurt?

I use exceptionally fine sterile, disposable stainless steel needles, and the process should be almost painless, though you may feel a slight pin-prick and some sensation of tingling, dullness or heaviness around the area needled. An acupuncture needle is entirely different from a hypodermic needle - in fact, most patients are amazed at how fine they are. The majority of people who dislike needles, find that acupuncture needles do not bother them at all.


Is acupuncture treatment safe?

The results of two independent surveys published in the British Medical Journal in 2001 (MacPherson et al, White et al) concluded that the risk of serious adverse reaction to acupuncture is exceedingly low, at less than 1 in 10,000. Response to treatment can sometimes include tiredness or light-headedness - a "spaced-out" feeling - and, occasionally, minor bruising may occur. All such reactions are short-lived.


How will I feel after a treatment?

After your treatment you may find you feel particularly calm and relaxed, energised or perhaps a little temporary light-headedness.


How many treatments will I need?

This depends on the individual nature of your problem, how long it has been present and how severe it is. At your first consultation, I will give you some idea of how long treatment might take, how frequently you will require treatment and over how long a period.


Will my private health insurance pay for treatment?

A large number of private health insurers now pay for acupuncture given by British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) acupuncturists. Individual policies may vary, so it is best to check with your insurance provider, some require you to be referred for acupuncture by your G.P. or a consultant.


Shaftesbury Acupuncture was established by Dwara Young in 1994. Salil became an associate of Dwara's in March 2014 and took on the practice in June 2015 when she retired. He follows the same high standards of professional care and effective practice.

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