Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine

Acupuncture FAQWe understand that sometimes our patients want to know a little bit more information about acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine before booking an appointment. Our acupuncture therapists have tried to answer the most commonly asked questions in this acupuncture FAQ, however if you can not find the answer here please do not hesitate to contact us.

Acupuncture FAQ

Q:  Is acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine suitable for me?

A:  Acupuncture and herbal medicine treat a wide range of health conditions and symptoms. Some problems however, will not respond to treatment and should be addressed by another healthcare specialist.  Either way, it cannot hurt to come in for an assessment so that we can point you in the right direction.


Q:  What conditions do you normally treat?

A:  Most people visit us for common heath conditions including:

Musculo-skeletal pain especially that caused by inflammation in the joint spaces, such as tennis elbow.
Painful problems that are not getting better, such as Achilles tendon injuries.
Men’s health issues, such as infertility or reduced libido.
Women’s health issues, such as infertility, menopause, painful periods and miscarriage.
Digestive health issues, such as constipation and acid reflux.
Skin conditions, such as eczema, acne, psoriasis and warts.


Q:  I am pregnant. Can I have acupuncture?

A:  Pregnancy can be a time of blooming health and radiance however at times it can present symptoms that may benefit from acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture is safe during pregnancy when delivered by a properly trained acupuncturist. Acupuncture is highly recommended before 24 weeks for breech presentation. It is also recommended for women to help prepare for birth.


Q:  Will acupuncture hurt?

A:  Some people worry that acupuncture might hurt. This is a totally understandable anticipation because it is an unknown and new experience. Also some people may have unhappy memories of feeling discomfort from an injection. Well, the good news is that acupuncture needles are about 90% thinner than an injection needle. They can be as fine as a human hair. Acupuncture is a dry needling technique, which means the sensation is very different to the feeling of an injection. The shaft of an acupuncture needle is designed for a safe, comfortable and smooth insertion. Most patients say they feel a temporary, quick, relatively mild sensation when the needles are applied followed by a relaxing, yet energised feeling while the needles are in place.


Q:  What if I don’t like the treatment or feel uncomfortable?

A:  Your comfort is really important to us. The reality is that no therapy will satisfy 100% of people, 100% of the time. We can assure you that if you do not like the treatment we will do our very best to address your concerns. This may require a change in how the treatment is delivered or for us to offer you a different therapy choice.


Q:  What should I wear?

A:  Wear something loose fitting and that you feel comfortable lying down on our treatment table. If your clothes can be easily lifted to your knees and elbows then most of the time there is no need to remove items other than socks or tights.


Q:  Why might you prescribe herbs and what are the benefits?

A:  A herbal medicine prescription may be recommended for conditions that respond very well to this type of treatment. Typically conditions of an inflammatory nature; skin conditions like eczema or acne; hormone related conditions such as infertility and for health issues that can arise during the peri-menopause and menopause phases of a woman’s life.

The benefits of taking herbal medicine alongside a course of acupuncture are:
A two-pronged approach can yield quicker and more effective results.
A herbal medicine prescription may be more effective as a first line treatment for certain conditions.

In this situation, if recommended acupuncture can play a secondary role to treat any accompanying symptoms or as a supportive role in a two-pronged approach to treatment.


Q:  How much will it cost?

A:  Cost will vary depending on each persons treatment plan. Our full price list is here on our website and we also offer payment plans to help make things as affordable as possible.


Q:  How many treatments will I need?

A:  It does depend on what you need help with, and is completely dependant on the individual. Our acupuncturist will explain treatment options for you to consider. We also provide effective and bespoke aftercare advice designed to improve the effectiveness of the treatments you have here.


Q:  Can I pay by card?

A:  Yes.  We accept all types of payment including cash and card payments with the exception of American Express.


Q:  Can I claim for acupuncture on my health insurance?

A:  Some insurance providers are happy to cover complementary therapies, but you will have to check with your individual provider to see if they cover this and if they accept our clinic.

Our policy regarding insurance companies is that we ask the individual to pay for treatments themselves and then claim back from their individual insurance provider. We understand that not all providers allow this option, however, due to various issues with invoicing, we have found that it is not worth registering our practice with insurance providers.


Q:  Who will my acupuncture therapist be?

A:  Meet the team for details of our acupuncture therapists.


Q:  Do I need to see a chiropractor first before booking my acupuncture therapy?

A:  No.  You can book an appointment with an acupuncture therapist without seeing a chiropractor first. Our acupuncture therapists will discuss future care options with you in your appointment, and they may advise continued acupuncture therapy and or seeing a chiropractor, however you should not feel any obligation to make an appointment with a chiropractor at any stage.


Q:  I have questions about Chiropractic or Massage Therapy, how do I find out the answers?

A:  This is the Acupuncture FAQ. For more information on our other services, see our FAQ pages on Chiropractic and Massage Therapy.


Still unsure about a visit to a Cambridge Acupuncture Therapist?

If you live near Cambridge and have pain or other symptoms, or if you want to improve you general wellbeing, acupuncture is a safe and very effective solution.  If you are unsure whether acupuncture care is right for you, then you should consider booking a free acupuncture check up. During this time, the process of acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine will be explained fully.  There is no obligation to continue with the visits.

To book, please contact us at our Shelford Clinic on 01223 459240, book online or email us.