Please read this information carefully, and ask if there is anything that you do not understand.
What is acupuncture? Acupuncture is a form of therapy in which fine needles are inserted into specific points on the body. Practitioners may also use Moxa, a warming herb, cupping and massage.
Is acupuncture safe? Acupuncture is generally very safe. Serious side effects are very rare – less than one per 10,000 treatments. Single-use, sterile, disposable needles are used in the clinic.
Does acupuncture have side effects? You need to be aware that: drowsiness occurs after treatment in a small number of patients, and, if affected, you are advised not to drive; minor bleeding or bruising occurs after acupuncture in about 3% of treatments; pain during treatment occurs in about 1% of treatments; existing symptoms can get worse after treatment (less than 3% of patients). You should tell your acupuncturist about this, but it is usually a good sign;
In addition, if there are particular risks that apply in your case, I will discuss these with you. Is there anything I need to know? Apart from the usual medical details, it is important that you let me know: if you have ever experienced a fit, faint or funny turn; if you have a pacemaker or any other electrical implants; if you have a bleeding disorder; if you are taking anti-coagulants or any other medication; if you have damaged heart valves or have any other particular risk of infection.
Statement of Consent I confirm that I have read and understood the above information, and I consent to having acupuncture treatment. I understand that I can refuse treatment at any time.
I understand that my personal data will be held in accordance with the law and with the Data Protection Policy. It will not be shared with anyone else without my explicit consent. I consent to my GP being informed about my acupuncture treatment.