Frequently Asked Questions
Bristol Acupuncturist specialising in Acupuncture Bristol. Looking for Acupuncture in Bristol? Qualified practitioner Ian Robert Hope is available now for the treatment of a multitude of conditions including Emotional Distress, M.E and Fibromyalgia, Menstrual or gynaecological problems, and Skin Conditions.
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ian robert hope
Bsc (Hons); Lic. Ac; MBAcC
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The Fishponds Practice, 834 Fishponds Road, Fishponds, Bristol BS16 3XA
0117 949 1290 or 07810 210 487
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Does acupuncture hurt?

No. Acupuncture needles are very, very fine, so the procedure bears absolutely no resemblance to an injection or a blood test. The most you are likely to feel is a brief sting as the needle is inserted followed, perhaps, by a slight ache or pulling sensation.

How long are the needles left in?

This varies from a few seconds to 30 minutes depending upon the nature of your condition.

Where are the needles inserted?

It can be anywhere on the body with the exception of breast tissue (women) and genitalia (men and women). If you are particularly sensitive in one part of your body, I can find an alternative acupuncture point in another.

Can I bring my partner or a friend to treatments with me?


Is everything I say confidential?


What should I wear for treatment?

Comfortable, loose-fitting clothes.

Will I need to get undressed?

You might need to remove your top, skirt or trousers. If so, you are given a gown and privacy while dressing or undressing. During treatment, all that is visible is the part of the body I am working on.

How soon will I benefit from acupuncture?

It depends on your individual response to acupuncture and the condition being treated. Most people notice an improvement within a day or two, some even begin to feel better during treatment itself.

Might I feel worse after treatment?

This happens occasionally. But it is mild and subsides with additional treatment.

How many treatments will I need?

We review your need for treatment every time we meet. My objective as a practitioner is to restore you to health with as few treatments as possible.

Everyone is different. As a rough guideline, two or three treatments are often enough to ease acute conditions, while long-standing problems require more. A typical course of treatments starts with weekly sessions. As your condition improves, these are spaced further apart until eventually they are no longer necessary.

Can I have acupuncture if I am pregnant?

Absolutely! In fact, acupuncture is a terrific alternative to drug therapy for common problems such as morning sickness, back pain and anxiety. It is also a powerful aid to conception.

Please let me know if you are pregnant or trying for a baby, as this will affect your treatment.

Should I inform my GP?

It might be helpful, but you are under no obligation.

Can I come off my prescribed medication?

It could well be that the beneficial effects of acupuncture will allow you to reduce your reliance on prescribed drugs. But you MUST discuss this with your doctor first.

Can I have other treatments at the same time as acupuncture?

Yes. However, it is wise to avoid having two different treatments in a single day.

Can I give blood after receiving acupuncture?

Yes. As a member of the British Acupuncture Council, I can issue you with a certificate confirming that your treatment has been properly carried out to eliminate all risk of infection.

Is acupuncture by a qualified practitioner safe?


How do I know if an acupuncturist is qualified?

Qualified acupuncturists hold a Licentiate Diploma in acupuncture or a BA or BSc honours degree in acupuncture from a fully credited institution.

Serious practitioners also belong to the British Acupuncture Council. This professional body imposes strict guidelines, covering everything from ethics to hygiene. Look for the letters MBAcC after the practitioner's name.

Is treatment covered by my private Health Insurance Plan?

Many private health care schemes include acupuncture as part of their cover. However, terms and conditions vary, so you need to check with your provider.

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