Does it hurt?
The disposable sterile needles are very thin, like a hair.
Much thinner than an injection or perfusion needle.
The insertion is virtually painless.
If the energy is seriously blocked, certain points can be more sensitive.
Do you need a prescription from a doctor?
You do not need a medical prescription to start an acupuncture treatment.
In my practice as an acupuncturist I find it very important that western and Chinese medicine, of which acupuncture is a large part, go hand in hand.
By integrating both, we achieve the best results, which can only benefit the patient.
Therefor it is advised to remain in contact with your physician.
Where are the acupuncture needles inserted?
The sterile needles can be inserted in acupuncture points all over the body.
I work according to the Balance Method of Dr Tan, and so mostly points on the upper and lower extremities and the head are being used.
All meridians in our body are communicating vessels, and balance is restored by needling points who balance one another.
Like this, pain and a whole lot of other complaints are being treated.
During the treatment not the site of the pain or complaint is needled, but points distal from the injury are being chosen.
How long does a treatment take?
The intake conversation takes 5-10 minutes, the treatment 20-30 minutes, depending on the complaint and the overall condition of the patient.
During a first consultation the intake takes more time, considering the acupuncturist wants a full image of the patient and her/his complaint(s).
How many treatments are necessary?
The number of treatments is in direct correlation with the duration, quality and kind of the complaint(s).
Acute complaints are often quickly resolved.
The longer the complaint is present, the slower the reaction to the treatment. Chronic conditions can be diminished after a few(4-5) treatments.
Sometimes it is appropriate to schedule maintenance treatments.
Is acupuncture safe?
Acupuncture is safe when being practised by a recognized acupuncturist, and member of the Belgian acupuncture Federation BAF for example.
This implies I did medical studies as hospital nurse and a postgraduate acupuncture of three years. I am a member of BAF and take yearly trainings.
The needles inserted are sterile and disposable. This diminishes the risk of contamination or infection to a bare minimum.
What can you expect after the acupuncture treatment?
After the treatment there can already be a significant change.
At the same time it can be that the effect of the treatment takes some time to be acknowledged.
With a small number of patients there is an aggravation of the complaint the first 48 hours, followed by a clear diminishing after those first 48 hours.
Is acupuncture safe during pregnancy?
Acupuncture is safe during pregnancy.
It is more than often used to diminish complaints that come along with pregnancy and childbirth: nausea, fatigue, heavy legs, pre- or postnatal depression…
Acupuncture helps to restore the overall body condition after childbirth.