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Frequently asked questions

What happens when I go for treatment?

As a BAcC acupuncturist I will use many  diagnostic methods to put together an individual treatment plan based on your state of health and lifestyle. I will take a complete medical history, read your pulses, may examine the site of your symptoms and look at your tongue. Acupuncture needles are inserted at points selected to affect your whole body, as well as your symptoms, and you will be left to rest for a while before they are removed. The single-use sterile needles come in sealed packs that are opened in front of you and are safely disposed of after each treatment.

What does it feel like?

Many people feel deeply relaxed during the treatment.; in 2001 studies  The needles used are single-use, sterile, and disposable. Responses to treatment can sometimes include tiredness or mild dizziness, and very occasionally minor bruising may occur. However, all such reactions are short-lived.

Is it safe?

Two research studies conducted in 2011 and 2012 concluded that when practiced by properly trained and qualified traditional acupuncturists, such as members of the BAcC, the risk of adverse events from acupuncture is extremely low.

Does it have side effects?

Sometimes a small bruise can appear at a needle site. Occasionally, people can feel dizzy or tired after a treatment but this passes quickly.

Should my doctor know?

If you have been prescribed medication I  recommend you tell your doctor that you plan to have acupuncture. Do not stop taking your medication. You should tell me about any medication and supplements you are taking. BAcC acupuncturists are trained to recognise potentially serious underlying health conditions and will refer you to your GP if they consider it appropriate.

How many sessions will I need?

I will discuss this with you. Weekly treatments are normal to begin with, reducing in frequency as your body responds. The effect is usually felt within five or six treatments. Occasionally just one or two treatments are sufficient.

Will my health insurance pay for acupuncture?

Most health insurance policies cover the cost of treatments with BAcC registered acupuncturists. You should check with your insurer directly.

“Mark has treated my anxiety, a bad back and a bad knee. After each session I fell a sense of well being and relaxation and physically my back and knee always feel much less painful. His knowledge and information about the reasons for using the points, methods and treatments he does are fascinating to me (a scientist). I would recommend anyone thinking about trying acupuncture to give Mark a ring.”


“I have received treatment from Mark on different occasions since 2012 and have always known him to be very professional, informative, a very good listener and I always feel very comfortable in his company.

He always explains the treatment and is very thorough and precise especially with hygiene.

I have had benefit from all treatment I’ve received and find the acupuncture pain free in a relaxing atmosphere, I also recommended both my parents who also saw a benefit.

I believe that Mark carries out the right number of treatments as is necessary & I would have no hesitation to continue to with his treatment when required.”

Rachael L