CHIME Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine
CHIME Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine
CHIME Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine

Frequently Asked Questions

One of the things we get asked the most is ‘Who/what do you treat’?

Working holistically, Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine are suitable for most people of all ages (including children, teenagers pregnant and post- partum women). They can be used in isolation, or alongside Western Medicine and other complementary therapies to address both longer term underlying issues, as well as more acute, immediate imbalances. We often find therefore that the ‘problem’ – whether it be physical or mental – as well as the ‘person’ as a whole benefits.

To find out more about how CHIME’s unique approach to body and mind health can benefit you and your specific signs and symptoms, please get in touch for your complimentary fifteen-minute personal consultation. Alternatively some of the articles below may help to answer some of your specific questions.

Traditional Acupuncture and Back Pain | British Acupuncture Council 1 Feb 2016

The Science Behind Acupuncture—and Why It Really Works | Greatest 12 September 2017

Why Acupuncture Should Be Part of Your Monthly Self-care Routine | The Chalkboard 9 September 2017

Acupuncture For A Broken Heart? | Mind Body Green

What can acupuncture treat? | Acupuncture Hut 9 September 2017

Acupuncture for Hay Fever | Health Medicine Institute 25 March 2016

Acupuncture for Sleep Deprivation | Above & Beyond Acupuncture 17 April 2016

Acupuncture to boost the Immune System | Acupuncture and Massage College 4 October 2016

Acupuncture Beats Drug For Insomnia Relief | Health Medicine Institute 25 July 2017

Pains and Needles Brain Scans Point to Hidden Effects of Acupuncture | The Guardian 7 September 2017

How Acupuncture Helps Musculoskeletal Pain | Centre 4 Health 11 February 2018

Preparing for IVF with Acupuncture | Zita West 4 November 2015

Acupuncture Headache and Migraine Relief | Pacific College 15 March 2004

Pains and Needles Brain Scans Point to Hidden Effects of Acupuncture | Mind Body Green

What is Traditional Chinese Medicine?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a natural healing system which evolved more than 2,500 years ago. It is a complete system of medicine which has its own techniques for diagnosis, analysis and treatment.

Believing that balance is the ultimate goal and the pinnacle of health and wellness, it focuses on moving Qi (energy) through the body and mind to clear blockages and nourish deficiencies, so every part of us works together in harmony.

What is Five Element Constitutional Theory?

The Five Elements were first mentioned in around 200BC in ‘The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine’, and since then have been described and used in different countries such as Japan and Korea. Five Element Constitutional Acupuncture which I studied is based on the work of J.R. Worsley.

The basic premise behind this work is that there are Five Elements: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water which are all connected and related. Each of the elements has its own ‘associations’ including a sound, a colour, a season, body parts, organs and emotion… (the list goes on!). Although we are all born with each of the five of the Five Elements in us: one of these Elements is more out of balance than the others- which can prove to be our biggest strength, but also our biggest weakness. Once we have identified what someone’s ‘element type’ is, its associations can help us to understand why someone may manifest specific illnesses or patterns, signs or symptoms. The aim always is to bring about balance between the Five Elements, and therefore bring the person being treated into harmony on a mind, body and spirit level.

What is Acupuncture?

It is the insertion of fine, disposable needles to direct the flow of qi (energy) to trigger your body’s healing response and to restore physical, emotional and mental equilibrium. There are over 2000 acupuncture points located all over the body (including the head and ears)- each with different roles and responsibilities for our health and wellbeing.

What should I expect?

Initial visits last for roughly 90 minutes. This enables us to undertake a comprehensive, holistic and personal diagnosis to work out exactly what is happening inside and outside your body and mind.

To do so, we use an array of diagnostic tools, including questioning, visual analysis, colour detection, pulse taking, channel palpation, and looking at your tongue! At all stages of the diagnosis we will explain in detail what we are doing and why.

Subsequent visits will last for approximately sixty minutes and will involve a select prescription of techniques and acupuncture points specifically chosen to address your needs on the day of appointment.

How many treatments will I need?

In the same way that we are individuals and things manifest differently in all of us, response to treatment can differ considerably from person to person, especially since we are treating the root cause not just the symptoms.

In most cases, people experience significant changes after just a few treatments, with many experiencing these changes almost immediately.

It is more likely that longer term (chronic) or more complex conditions will require more treatments over a longer time- frame compared to more acute conditions.

Your personal diagnosis and treatment plan will help to guide, treatment planning, as well as your progress per session which will be carefully monitored.

How frequently should I come?

Initially (and ideally), we like to see people on a weekly basis for the first few treatments to gauge and assess internal and external changes taking place.

The response to treatment is usually cumulative – so as symptoms begin to improve, the interval between treatments can be increased.

How will I know if you can help me?

We offer a free fifteen- minute consultation (on the phone or face to face) to provide you with more information about what we can do for you, and to answer any questions or queries you may have. Please get in touch via email ( or phone us on 07725 407927 to arrange your session today.

What does it feel like/does it hurt?

Most people find acupuncture relaxing and often feel calm during and after the treatment.

The insertion of a needle does not usually hurt, but most of the time there is a sensation associated with it which may feel like a dull tingle or buzz- a sign that the needle has tapped into your body’s natural Qi (energy). It often leaves people feeling very relaxed and at ease.

What type of needles are used? Are the needles re-used?

Each needle is roughly 0.2mm wide (the size of a single strand of hair). British Acupuncture practitioners use only pre-sterilised, single-use needles which are safely disposed of after each treatment.

Are there any side effects?

Although individuals can react differently to treatment- partly due to who you are, or what type of treatment you have received- overall acupuncture is a very safe treatment modality with very few side effects. Any side effects which do occur are usually mild and self correcting.

Some people after receiving acupuncture for the first time can feel a little tired or light-headed. This is a perfectly normal and is nothing to be concerned about and it is uncommon for this to happen in subsequent treatments.

Will my insurance company over it?

Each insurance company and policy is different. Listed below is a range of insurance companies that may cover acupuncture treatments carried out by a British Acupuncture Council member, but please contact your own provider for more information:

  • Aviva healthcare
  • Benenden Healthcare Society
  • Birmingham Hospital Saturday Fund
  • Bupa
  • CS Healthcare
  • Engage Mutual Assurance
  • Exeter Family Friendly
  • General & Medical Healthcare
  • Healthshield
  • HSF
  • Medicash
  • National Friendly
  • Pru Health
  • Sovereign Health
  • Simply Health
  • Westfield
  • WHA
  • WHCA
  • WPA

10 Benefits of Regular Acupuncture Treatments | by David Wallace Health Infographics 4 April 2016

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