Got a question? Below we have answered some of the common ones, but if you still have a quiery then don't hesitate to send us a message and we will get back to you ASAP!
Will it hurt?
Since the needles are finer than the size of a human hair, the feeling is nothing like you will have experienced with other medical needles! Because they are so thin and insertion is very quick, you will not feel much, occasionally you may feel a tiny prick on more sensitive areas such as the face and fingers. Depending upon your sensitivity you may feel some sensations moving along the body caused by the needles stimulating energetic change.
Will I bleed?
Not usually, however occasionally there will be a small drop of blood on the point when the needle is removed. This is completely normal, painless and is nothing to worry about.
What happens when the needles are in?
Now is your time to relax, listen to the music and let the needles do their work!
There are virtually no side effects to acupuncture, some people may feel sleepy or tired after their treatment for a few minutes or they may feel sleepier than usual later in the evening. We usually recommend that you go with the flow in this case and take the opportunity to get a really good nights sleep.
When can I expect to feel a difference?
This will vary depending upon many factors such as the condition being treated, how long you have had it, how severe it is, age, medical history etc. Simpler conditions may improve significantly or even completely after one or two treatments whereas others will take a few more as the healing process takes time. If more sessions are recommended for you, it is because the nature of your condition will take more time and sessions to improve, however we always aim to help you as quickly as we can.
Is treatment covered under private health insurance?
Many private health insurers do cover all or part of your acupuncture treatment, since all practitioners at Purelands belong to the British Acupuncture Council, which is the main governing body for acupuncture practice. Some may ask for a letter of referral from your GP and most require you to retain your receipt as proof of purchase to be reimbursed for the cost of treatment. Just ask at reception if you require a receipt of treatment to provide for insurance purposes. If you have any further questions please email us at and we will get back to you with further information.
How do I book?
Just ring up or email
How can I find out more about acupuncture?
Visit the British Acupuncture Council website on