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Common Questions

Frequent question asked about GinSen’s Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Clinic

Clinic Treatment FAQ

Q. What Qualifications do GinSen’s Practitioners hold?

Our team of experienced acupuncturists hold membership of the following Professional Bodies and are Member of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC). The ATCM  – is the main regulatory body for the practice of acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and Tuina therapeutic massage in the UK. The BAaC  – is the leading self-regulatory body for the practice of traditional acupuncture in the UK.

Q. Does Acupuncture Hurt?

Acupuncture needles are very thin, most people feel no pain or very little pain when they are inserted. You may feel some sensation during the treatment which is normal. Acupuncture often leaves you feeling relaxed and energised.

Q. How does Acupuncture work?

Acupuncture works by stimulating special Acupressure points that are all part of an interconnected network that spans across your entire body. This stimulation helps restore the flow of energy (Qi) and blood through your body, and this helps your body absorb nutrients and remove toxins. Keeping your Meridian System clear helps you keep your body functioning properly, and a functioning body is a healthier body.

Q. How often should I have acupuncture session?

It is advised to have acupuncture once a week but our consultants may suggest more than 1 session a week depending on your individual condition to achieve the best results. Your acupuncturist will discuss this with you during your free consultation. 

Q. Can Acupuncture help with all health issue?

Acupuncture can treat majority of illnesses but some health issues need to combine with herbal medicine to enhance the results. Acupuncture works to help maintain your body’s equilibrium, it can be used to help with a range of health issues. Acupuncture has been proven to be effective for fertility, Acupuncture can also relieve pain, reduce stress, low energy, enhancing your feeling of well being, restore balance and improve overall health. Many people have acupuncture as a preventative health measure, to maintain health and energetic balance.

Q. What is chinese cupping therapy ?

Cupping is a healing technique which consists of creating a vacuum by placing a cupping glass on the skin. The cup creates suction on the skin stimulating blood flow to the areas where the cup is placed. This process helps relieve any inflammation in the body.

Q. Does Cupping therapy hurt and will it leave marks on my body?

Cupping does not hurt but sometimes you may experience slight discomfort. You will experience some cupping marks left on your back after the treatment. But don’t worry, the marks will usually disappear within a week.

Q. Where can I find the treatment prices?

Our price list can be found here.

Q. How can I get a free consultation?

For your free online consultation simply fill in our online consultation form here. After you fill in the consultation form one of our consultants will be in touch within 24- 48 hours. Alternative you can also visit our clinics. Book your appointment here.

For free clinic consultation simply use our online booking portal here or call one of our clinics on 0207 937 7968

Q. What are the health benefits of cupping?

Cupping offers many benefits such as detoxing, reduce pain, sports and muscle injuries, skin issues (psoriasis, eczema, acne etc). Cupping can also be used for fertility, stress, anxiety and migraine.

Fertility FAQ

Q. How does acupuncture improve egg quality?

Acupuncture promotes blood flow to the reproductive organs so the blood flow to the ovaries is increased over time. Acupuncture also normalizes the dysfunction of the Hypothalamus – Pituitary-Ovarian Axis. This improves ovarian function creating more follicles and better egg production.

Q. How many sessions of acupuncture do you need for fertility treatment?

To start with we recommend having acupuncture weekly with a course of 6-10 treatments with review of your progress. For best result we recommend combining Acupuncture with herbal treatment and other natural treatments such as Moxibustion and Cupping.

Q. When should you get acupuncture for fertility?

It is recommended having acupuncture during the follicular phase – day 5, 6, 7 or 8 of your menstrual cycle.

Q. What is the success rate of GinSen’s fertility treatment?

GinSen have helped hundreds of couples with fertility problems over the years using Acupuncture and Chinese herbs. We have an on-going, high success rate in helping people both men and women who struggle with fertility, which is one of our areas of specialisation. We frequently see results very quickly.
Take a look at our success stories page here.

Q. How does Traditional Chinese Medicine treat Infertility?

  • Treatment by Acupuncture and Massage: improves blood flow to the organs involved in pregnancy, improves organ function, increases blood flow to create a stronger uterine lining, harmonises the reproductive system and corrects hormonal imbalances.


  • Chinese Herbs (whether taken as Herbal Tea or Supplements): enhances well being, improves the general condition of the organs involved in pregnancy, regulates the menstrual cycle, assists ovulation, clears clots and removes toxins.

Q. How long do I need the treatment for and how quickly can I see results?

The length of time taken for the treatment to result in pregnancy depends on the underlying reason for the problem. In our experience, between six weeks and three months is common, some cases take between three to six months and occasionally we have a result in two to three weeks. Explore our success stories page to other patients stories.
  • Stage 1: Takes between one and two months and is focused on: detoxing, changing hormone levels to improve blood flow to the organs involved in pregnancy, and improving sperm production.
  • Stage 2: This stage is also the last one to two months. Treatment is aimed at improving the quality of eggs and sperm.
  • Stage 3: This stage lasts two weeks to one month. This involves recording your morning temperature and taking guidance from our Practitioner as to the best time to have intercourse so that you become pregnant.

Q. Should both partners undertake treatment at the same time?

We advise both partners to attend the first, free consultation. This consultation allows our Practitioner to diagnose the reason for your fertility problems. The diagnosis will determine the treatment plan, i.e. whether it is the male or female partner, or both partners, who should receive treatment.

Q. Can Acupuncture help during Labour?

Yes. Our Practitioner co-operated with midwives to provide prenatal care, postural care, and labour delivery.

IVF Fertility FAQ

Q. I am about to start IVF treatment and am thinking about trying acupuncture for embryo transfer. When is the best time for me to start a course of acupuncture?

We recommend the following course of acupuncture:

1 acupuncture session per week for at least 6-8 weeks before you start the IVF cycle
1 acupuncture session per week during the IVF cycle.
2-3 acupuncture treatments 1 week before embryo transfer
2 -3 sessions of reflexology per week after embryo transfer.

Research demonstrates that regular acupuncture treatment leads to more successful pregnancies. Acupuncture treatment will help to prepare you emotionally and also ensure that the flow of blood and Qi to your uterus and ovaries is optimised. The treatments will flood your reproductive organs with blood, nutrients and oxygen which will lead to improved egg quality and a thicker lining of the uterus and reduce stress and tension.

Q. Does acupuncture help with egg retrieval?

Absolutely. Not only does acupuncture improve egg quality, but by diverting energy to your ovaries it leads to an increased number of eggs being released. Many women find acupuncture a helpful treatment to have in the lead up to her egg collection day – and many women book an appointment with us on the day of their egg collection to both help to keep them calm, as well as to boost the energy flows to the ovaries.

Q. Acupuncture for implantation of frozen embryos– is it helpful?

There is no real difference between implanting fresh or frozen embryos and acupuncture is helpful in both situations. Close to the day of implantation acupuncture treatment will focus on ensuring that the lining of the uterus is optimised. Your acupuncture practitioner may use a technique called moxibustion – which is where a warming herb is applied to the skin. This will nourish your energy levels, ensure that your abdomen is the correct temperature and ensure that the uterus is in the best possible condition for implantation.

Q. Does acupuncture help after embryo transfer?

Absolutely. Here at Ginsen we recommend that a woman receives an acupuncture treatment before and after embryo transfer. Undertaking IVF treatment can be very emotional at times and we are pleased to offer calm and confidential support that will help you to feel relaxed and in control. Large scale research demonstrates that the acupuncture treatment we offer helps for embryo transfer.

Disclaimer & Important Information

We can’t guarantee any treatment results. Symptoms, conditions and results are unpredictable and vary from person to person. treatment lengths and recovery times also vary from person to person. GinSen’s specialists will discuss your care needs before carrying out any treatment. All content on this site is provided as illustrative and for informational purposes only and does not guarantee results.

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