What happens during a treatment?

You don’t need to do anything special to prepare for an acupuncture treatment – although it helps if you are wearing loose, comfortable clothing that you can remove or roll up easily. It’s also helpful if you don’t have an empty stomach when you come for treatment – if your blood sugar is low, acupuncture may make you feel dizzy or faint. Please try to eat a light meal an hour or two before your treatment.

A consultation at our multibed clinic at the University of York

A consultation and treatment takes about 45 minutes. You settle yourself on the couch and we’ll carry out your consultation while you prepare for your treatment – usually by taking off jewellery, shoes and socks, rolling up trouser legs, removing tights and rolling up sleeves.

Based on the information you give us, we will formulate a prescription based on your specific symptoms and your underlying issues. Very fine needles will be inserted into acupuncture points on your body – most often on the arms, hands and lower legs.

When the needles are inserted, patients often report feeling a mild tingling sensation, a feeling of warmth or a dull ache. Once the needles are in place, we’ll give you the room to yourself to relax for around 15 minutes (and we’ll give you a small alarm to call us if you need anything during that time). Most people find the experience very relaxing, and many fall asleep. Your acupuncturist will return to remove your needles at the end of the 15 minute period.

Once your needles are out, you’ll get dressed again and your acupuncturist will re-book and take payment for your next treatment if you’re having one. Then you’re free to leave the clinic!

There are very few negative side-effects from acupuncture; any that do occasionally occur, such as drowsiness or slight bruising around the needles, are mild and self-correcting. Most people feel a sense of deep relaxation and calmness after every session. Sometimes you may get a flare-up of symptoms before improvement happens – this is known as a ‘healing crisis’ and is a positive sign indicating that your body is responding to treatment. If you ever have any concerns about any reaction to acupuncture, you can always call us on 07582 234578 or email us.

Is acupuncture safe?

Affordable acupuncture

Not everyone can afford the £35-£45 fee for a private acupuncture consultation! Community acupuncture clinics offer the same standard of care, hygiene and effectiveness at a vastly reduced cost.

At Love Community Acupuncture, we run two clinics:

The private clinic at Bishy Road, where you see an acupuncturist one-to-one for a 45-minute appointment. At Bishy Road, we use a pay-what-you-can-afford model, and you decide what you want to pay from £20 – £35.

The multibed clinic at the University of York, where we run six treatment beds in the same large room, using towels and screens to protect your privacy. At the University, we charge a flat £15 rate.