F.A.Q at MClinic

How does Acupuncture work?

At the core of Chinese medicine is the notion Qi – a type of energy which flows through energy pathways (meridians) in our body. An imbalance or blockage of qi flow may lead to illness. Qi must be in harmonious balance in order to maintain good health. The acupuncturist restores balance to the flow of qi by inserting fine needles at acupuncture points which lie along these energy flow meridians close to the surface of the skin.

Does acupuncture hurt?
As acupuncture needles are extremely fine and flexible, most people do not experience discomfort when they are inserted. Sensation such as a tingling, heaviness or a slight flow of energy maybe felt. The most common experience during treatment is a deep sense of relaxation and well-being.

Is acupuncture safe?

Adverse side effects from acupuncture are very rare but do occur, such as occasional bruises from the puncture on the side of insertion of the needle.

Do I need to believe in it for treatments to be successful?
No. Maintaining a positive frame of mind is always good for any type of treatment, conventional or otherwise. It’s not necessary to “believe” to make acupuncture effective.
What does a treatment involve?
The first consultation with us will generally take 60-90min. During your first visit we will need to gain an understanding of the main reason for your visit and your general health and lifestyle. We will cover all aspects of your physical, mental and emotional state of health. Based on this comprehensive information we will decide on a treatment plan with you.
How to prepare for a treatment at MClinic?
Preparing for treatment: Please wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing, as you sometimes would need to learn some movements as a part of the treatment program. While acupuncture points (if acupuncture is the main treatment) are located everywhere on the body, most of the commonly used points are located between the elbow and wrists and between the knees and ankles. It will be better for you and practitioner if you could easily roll your clothes up to your knees and elbows. Before receiving your first acupuncture treatment, you will receive a form to fill, providing preliminary information. It would be ideal if you could print and fill out our Intake Form (download here) before your appointment. If necessary, you will receive this form to complete on arrival at the M Clinic.
How many treatments will I need at MClinic?
For example, chronic conditions affect the body more deeply and imbalances can take longer to resolve, hence chronic conditions generally require treatment over a longer period of time than acute conditions. Therefore, subsequent sessions are usually recommended.
As a general rule, treatments for acute conditions are shorter and the sessions may be done more frequently, a few sessions a week, if needed. Some acute conditions may require only one acupuncture session, as it depends on the individual situation.
What forms of payment do you accept at MClinic?
We accept cash and cheque payments.

What conditions does acupuncture treat at MClinic?
The World Health Organization (WHO) lists approximately ninety different conditions that can be treated by acupuncture. The most common uses for acupuncture include: Pain Management, Asthma, Drug Abuse, Alcoholism, Smoking, Stroke, Gastrointestinal Disorders, Gynaecological and Sexual Problems. For more information on the conditions, please click here .
Do you accept insurance at MClinic?
Treatments at M Clinic, Dublin, are recognized by Laya, VHI Healthcare, AVIVA and HSF Health plan, as well as ESB and Garda Medical Scheme and others. Please check your individual policy details.