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What about the needles used?
Practitioners use single-use pre-sterilised disposable needles, which are disposed of after each treatment. The Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine (UK) members observe the Code of Practice, which establishes stringent standards of hygiene and sterilisation of equipment.
How will I feel after acupuncture?
Individual patients react differently; many feel relaxed and calm following treatment, while others feel alert and energised. Occasionally you may feel tired or drowsy for a few hours if the treatment has been particularly strong, in which case you should avoid driving or operating heavy machinery until you feel more alert.

You may experience a short-term flare-up of your symptoms, dizziness or faintness as your Qi clears and resettles itself, in which case we invite you to rest for a few moments with a relaxing cup of green tea in our comfortable waiting area. 
How is The Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture (ATCM) different from others?
There are a variety of different styles of acupuncture practiced around the world; as well as Eastern-derived forms, such as Five Element acupuncture and Japanese Meridian Therapy, there are also Western variants, including trigger point acupuncture and dry needling. These styles derive from a common root, but are distinct in their emphasis, with differing philosophies, practices and views on physiology.

The Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture (ATCM) registers practitioner members with extensive training (at least 3 years of full-time experience) in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). TCM includes Chinese medical theories, Chinese-style acupuncture, herbal medicine and therapeutic massage called Tuina, as well as the requisite western medical sciences.
What does treatment involve?

Before you actually receive treatment, the acupuncturist will want to take a history in order to make a clear diagnosis of your condition; this may involve a tradition Chinese history as well as a Western diagnosis.  In skilled hands, acupuncture is a relatively painless procedure.  When the acupuncture needles are actually inserted they are usually left in place for between 15 and 30 minutes.

Does acupuncture hurt?
Not usually.  A dull ache often develops at the point (considered to be a good therapeutic sign) but the needles are so fine that people having acupuncture for the first time are pleasantly surprised, finding the treatment to be very relaxing and therapeutic
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