Acupuncture is the medicinal method in which very fine needles are inserted into the skin at specific points to treat various medical ailments. It is historically a method of Chinese medicine that has been practised for thousands of years.
Although acupuncture is widely praised and has high rates of success, many people are still cautious of receiving the treatment. This is understandable as the idea of needles can be unsettling for a lot of people however, the needles used in this treatment are not the same as those used to deliver vaccinations. The evidence to support the use of acupuncture for pain relief and other ailments is also ever growing in its favour.
Hypodermic needles; the ones used to administer vaccinations, are a lot thicker than acupuncture needles as they need to be hollow to allow fluid to pass, where as this is not necessary in acupuncture. The needles we use are barely wider than a strand of hair therefore making the treatment significantly more comfortable and in the majority of cases, pain free
The reality is that pain generally only occurs in 1% of all treatments and there’s only ever minor bleeding or bruising in 3%. Serious side effects are extremely rare, occurring less than once in every 10,000 treatments.
If you have any other queries about our acupuncture service follow the link below and it will take you to our acupuncture ‘Commonly asked questions’ page.