Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What do Kun Lun TCM offer?
A: We offer the full range of Traditional Chinese Medicine treatments: Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Tuina (Chinese Medicinal Massage), Cupping, Gua Sha, Auricular Acupuncture, Abdominal Acupuncture and Electro-Acupuncture. Also available is advice on diet, life style and exercise.
Q: What does acupuncture involve?
A: The practitioner inserts fine needles into specific locations on the body. These help the body in various ways and promotes the bodies own healing systems.
All needles used are single use and disposable, they are always opened in front of the patient.
Q: How long do treatments last?
A: The initial consultation and subsequent treatments last an hour. Needles are retained from 15mins – 30mins depending on the needs of the patient. Tuina treatments last for 30mins - 60mins.
Q: Is acupuncture painful?
A: The patient can feel the needles enter the body but the discomfort is only momentary. After a while a feeling of relaxation passes over the body and you forget about the needles. It is quite common for patients to fall asleep while receiving needles.
Q: What is abdominal acupuncture?
A: This is a form of acupuncture where needles are only placed on the belly. This is a very popular form of acupuncture as the needles are only inserted to a very shallow depth during treatments.
Q: What is Herbal Medicine?
A: These are raw plant material that are ground and dispensed as concentrated pills for your convenience. Kun Lun only uses the top manufactures from China. All herbs dispensed conform to government guidelines.
Q: What is Tuina?
A: Tuina is a manipulation therapy that is based on TCM theory. It can be integrated in acupuncture treatments or given as a stand alone treatment, perfect for patients who are apprehensive about needles.
Q: What is Diet Advice?
A: Chinese medicine believes that diet can have a major effect on our health. The practitioner is able to analyse your diet and advise on improvements that will improve recovery and maintain good health.
Q: What conditions be treated?
A: See Conditions.
Q: Where can I receive treatment?
A: In Hertfordshire at:
The Meeting Room, 36 Langley Hill, Kings Langley, Herts, WD4 9HE
Lavender and Stone Beauty Rooms, 120 Southdown Road, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 1QQ
Q: How many treatments will I need?
A: When Alex sees you for your initial consultation he will be able to give you an accurate answer, but normally 10 treatments is seen as a course.
Q: How frequently should I visit?
A: Normally once each week but we can accommodate more frequent visits to help speed recovery, again the practitioner will be able to go over this with you in your initial consultation.
Q: Do I need to tell my G.P?
A: It is always in your best interest to inform you G.P. of any treatments you are receiving and we like to have open communication with G.P.s.
Q: What do I need to do before coming for a treatment?
A: Make sure you have eaten and drank before you treatment but nothing too heavy within 2-3 hours prior to treatment. Wear loose clothing so that you are more comfortable during the treatment.
Q: Is acupuncture and TCM state regulated?
A: At present in the UK there is not state run statutory regulation of acupuncture, or traditional Chinese medicine. There are several organisations that have been set up to regulate the profession and provide the public with reassurance that their members have reached set levels of competence and hold recognised qualifications and insurance. Members of these associations must abide by codes of professional conduct and safe practice.
Q: What are the differences between the different associations?
A: As there is no state regulation of the profession all associations have an equal footing. Their role is to regulate their members, ensuring safe practice, thus providing reassurance to the public.
The Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine UK (ATCM) is the largest governing body for TCM and covers the practice of acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and tuina. Registered practitioners will have the initials MATCM after their names.
The Register for Chinese Medicine (RCHM) is another governing body for TCM. Members will display MRCHM after their names.
The British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) is a governing body for the acupuncture profession. Practitioners are covered for the practice of acupuncture only and not herbal medicine. Members are required to have separate insurance and representation for the practice of herbal medicine. Registered practitioners will have the initials MBAcC after their names.
The British Medical Acupuncture Society (BMAS) is a governing body for the practice of medical Acupuncture. Most GPs and nurses using acupuncture are registered with this association which again only covers them for the use of acupuncture. Registered members will display MBMAS after their names.
If you have any further questions about TCM or the treatments offered by Kun Lun TCM please send any queries via email to email@example.com