Frequently Asked Questions
If you’re nervous about needles, you might be relieved to know that acupuncture needles (about the same width as a human hair) are not inserted like an injection, so you won’t experience the same feeling. Most people feel little to no pain as the fine needles are placed. Post treatment, clients report that they feel deeply relaxed and super chill.
Many people use acupuncture for help with specific symptoms or conditions. Others choose acupuncture as a preventive measure to strengthen their constitution or because they just feel generally unwell. Acupuncture is considered suitable for all ages including babies, children and the elderly. It can be very effective when integrated with conventional medicine.
Physiotherapists and Osteopaths use ‘dry needling’ to relax the muscle. They do not work according to the principal of balancing the Qi in the meridians. In traditional acupuncture the point prescription will include resolving inflammation, pain management and stimulating healing process.
Some private health insurers also offer some form of insurance cover for acupuncture treatments with British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) registered acupuncturists like Malti. So check with your Insurance Company.
Training is over 4 days whereas traditional acupuncture is a 3 year degree course with a year’s supervised clinic. Medical acupuncture is all about symptom management and does not work on the principal of balancing Qi in the meridians. So in medical acupuncture certain point protocols are used whereas traditional acupuncture believe one size doesn’t fit all – a treatment plan is formulated for each individual based on their consultation and diagnosis according to the principals of Chinese medicine.