I think most people understand that the tools of my trade include metal needles which will be inserted at a variety of places around the body – and it’s to be expected that this will trigger a few questions in the first session.

Common questions regarding acupuncture

“How does it work?” is a firm favourite, closely followed by “What are you doing?” or more specifically “What acupuncture point is that?”. Whilst most questions stem from a place of genuine curiosity – sometimes the client is simply a bit nervous.


“Now that I’m feeling better, how often should I come?”

As the client’s symptoms improve, they often ask me “Now that I’m feeling better, how often should I come?” This is a good question.

The Western model is to seek treatment when we’re suffering. The ancient Eastern model was to preserve health by nurturing body, mind and spirit in harmony with the natural rhythms, and universal law. “Nourishing Life” (yangshen) is an ancient Chinese tradition comprising various self-cultivation practices directed towards health and longevity (meditation, Qi Gong, diet etc). By living in harmony with universal principals and natural rhythms we create health, and by living in disharmony we create disease. Acupuncture treatment is based on these same universal laws and rhythms. Acupuncture can help restore health when we fall ill, and regular monthly or bi-weekly treatments can help prevent illness.

So to answer this burning question – once you’re feeling well again, book a session with me about every 4 weeks or so. This should help to keep you well.

Fiona Hurlock, Dip.Ac MRSS Acupuncturist, is available Wednesdays and Fridays.