FAQ

First time to our Chinese Medicine Practice?

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Short image video from my services (acupuncture, moxibustion, tuina, cupping, guasha)

What measures do you take to provide a safe, Covid-19 Secure environment?

Please see our ‘Covid-19 Policy’ section under the FAQ menu.

We would also like you to consider to bring your own towels and blankets as we will only be providing one towel per patient due to these new measures.

What can Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine treat?

To answer your question, please go to our ‘Common Complaints‘ page.

Will it hurt? What does it feel like?

That is a very valid question. Aichmophobia, fear of needles affects 1 in 10 people worldwide. However I can assure you that it is generally a painless healing art. The needles we work with are approximately twice the size of a strand of hair, that is 10 times smaller than a hypodermal needle used for injections. Most people do not feel the insertion at all however some more sensitive patients may describe the sensation similar to the bite of a mosquito.

Acupuncture however is not only about needle insertion. We may also manipulate the needles to achieve a better therapeutic outcome. This is when we intentionally try to create a mild sensation at the given point. It is usually described as: warm, tingling, numb, moving, heavy, travelling or achy.

Please be reassured, your practitioner will make sure to have a clear rapport with you. Hence if you are more sensitive to needling, or have a phobia of needles they will make sure to use very gentle techniques or even substitute needling with Tuina (massage) techniques.

Our priority is to make you as comfortable as possible throughout your sessions. Thanks to the wonderful nature of Chinese medicine, we my approach the treatment of an illness/condition from dozens of different ways.

What is the my first session is going to be like?

Initial session:
Part 1:
Due to Covid-19 measures we have implemented a complementary 30 minutes online (Skype, FB, Zoom) consultation which will precede your first in-person appointment at our clinic. This will ensure your safety while allowing us to personalize a completely unique treatment plan for you, by collecting all the necessary information for a thorough diagnosis.

You will also be asked to take photos of your tongue (for diagnostic reasons) and send them to your therapist.

Part 2:
After completing the necessary screening documents, we will welcome you in a warm and Covid-19 Secure clinic, where you will have 50 minutes to enjoy the wonders of Chinese Medicine.
We will have a brief discussion followed by our diagnostic procedures (see below). Once we have established your treatment plan we will ask for your consent so we can begin your treatment.

What about follow-up and Tuina only sessions?

Follow-up sessions last up to 50 minutes. Similarly to your first session, it will include a brief discussion about your progress and a complete diagnosis so we can make sure to provide you with the most suitable treatment for you.

Tuina only sessions last up to 50 minutes. The aim of these sessions is to reduce the time of discussion, so you can enjoy the rejuvenating and relaxing features of this manual therapy for longer periods of time.
Please note, this sessions do not include the free 30 minutes consultation. Therefore if you have a complex issue, we recommend you to book our standard Initial session.

What does your diagnostic procedure involve?

At Harmony Within we believe in the traditional ways.
Therefore every treatment will be preceded by a thorough inquiry regarding your state of health, in order to establish a diagnosis based on Chinese medical principles.
Adhering to the traditions we also going to take your pulse (at the radial side of each hand), have a look at your tongue and complexion, and palpate the affected areas, channels and acupuncture points whenever necessary
This allows as to get a whole picture of your state of health and imbalance, so we can ascertain which aspects of you have been affected by your dis-ease.

What does an Acupuncture treatment involves?

You may think about it as the image of a tree. The roots are the ‘Diagnostic phase’ and the branches represent the ‘Treatment phase’.
Therefore each treatment changes patient to patient, and even treatment to treatment.

Chinese medicine includes many therapies, such as acupuncture and moxibustion. What we use is entirely dependent on what your present with and what your preference is.

For more information – including what to expect – regarding each therapies offered at our practice, please see the ‘Therapies‘ section.

How many sessions will I need?


We prefer not to generalize,
however usually we recommend 6 to 12 treatments as a start.

Everybody has different needs, therefore some may need less or more intervention depending on their prognosis. Chronic conditions usually need more interventions due to their nature of causing accumulative changes on the body over time.
Prolonged treatments help to break harmful habits (on physical, mental and energetical levels) and kickstart the body’s self healing ability.

Although we are here to help to develop healthy habits, we understand that it is applicable to all patients -due to life style or severity of illness-, hence some prefer to come for “maintenance” therapy once a month in order to keep their symptoms in check.

What should I do before a session?


Please have breakfast/lunch on the day of treatment. Keep hydrated and arrive 5 minutes before your appointment.

Please avoid eating, exercising having intercourse or taking stimulants (coffee) 1 hour prior and after consultation.
These requirements make sure you have sufficient amount of qi for us to work with during your session.

We ask you to wear loose clothing – if not available, we always provide towels – and come with an open mind.

What to do after session?

Wait, do I get homework?
Well not exactly but at Harmony Within we believe that change comes from within.

Acupuncture, Tuina etc. have tremendous healing effects, however optimum health does not come from doctors, therapist or gurus. Your health is in your hands.

In our practice we take into consideration your constitution (what you were born with), your lifestyle including exercise, diet, thinking, social and work life.

This is in order to provide you with recommendations however it is up to you whether to follow them.

Our work does not stop with clearing away a symptom or an illness.

Our mission is to guide you on the path of self-nurturing (Yangsheng) in order to reach harmony and health.