Having Treatment

What will happen in a treatment?

Each treatment is developed specifically for each patient through taking a traditional diagnosis. This includes discussing your symptoms and other areas of your health and lifestyle, along with your pulse being taken on both wrists and looking at your tongue.

Depending on your diagnosis, you may have between 2 to 12 needles for up to 20 minutes during your treatment, for some people the needles are in for only a matter of seconds. Feedback will be taken throughout the treatment from the pulses to read energetic changes happening within the body. Other therapies may be used to support your treatment including moxabustion (a herb which is burnt to warm certain areas of the body), sliding or static cupping (cups are applied to the skin with suction) and tui na (Chinese massage).


The needles are ultra fine and are usually painless on insertion. Once the needle has connected with your Qi (or energy) you may feel a variety of sensations near the needle. Some people describe this sensation as warm, pulling, tingley or tugging. Some people also feel this sensation away from the needle and understand it to be a positive sign for treatment. Each person’s experience will be slightly different.


I practice clean needle technique and use high quality, ultra fine, sterile, single use acupuncture needles. Once a needle has been used it is immediately disposed of in a sharps box. 

How long will the session last?

Your first session will last 90 minutes, in this time your traditional diagnosis will be taken and you’ll receive your first treatment. Subsequent treatments will last between 45-60 minutes depending on your treatment needs.

How many treatments will I need?

This will vary for everyone. An improvement in symptoms are usually seen by the fourth or fifth treatment, but for some people the improvements begin after the first treatment. Treatments are once a week to begin with and as symptoms are relieved and the patient feels better in themselves, the treatments are spaced further apart.

How will I feel after my treatment?

The body can be running on empty and once acupuncture returns the body to balance a deep sense of needing to rest and relax may happen. It’s important to listen to your body and nurture this need for recuperation. The treatment can also release energy from within the body, and you may feel refreshed and energised.

Do I need to prepare in any way for the treatment?

It’s important to make sure you’ve eaten on the day of your treatment, but try to leave at least an hour of going without food before your treatment. It’s best not to drink alcohol or too much coffee on the day of treatment.

If you still have questions, please be in touch on 07912 936 222 or email@rebeccaminton.co.uk