FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Acupuncture is one branch of a system of medicine that first emerged in China over 2000 years ago and which has been developing ever since. An acupuncture treatment uses the insertion of incredibly fine needles into precisely located 'points' on the body, with different points and point combinations having different effects on the patient's body, mind and spirit.
An acupuncturist may use a number of other techniques to supplement treatment. Two common ones are moxibustion, a technique that uses smoldering herbs to warm acupuncture points and Gua-Sha, a massage technique designed to release stagnation.
WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE?
The aim of treatment is to restore equilibrium to the body by ensuring it's vital energy, called Qi in Chinese medicine, is flowing in a free and balanced manner. Weak or blocked Qi is understood to be at the root of ill health and acupuncture treatment aims to address the roots of ill health rather than the symptoms of it. If the root of an imbalance can be addressed the body's own healing response is activated with results that are felt in body, mind and spirit.
HOW DOES ACUPUNCTURE WORK?
Acupuncture can be an effective treatment for a wide range of conditions. Common complaints for which people seek treatment include auto-immune conditions, digestive complaints, sleep problems, anxiety & depression and fatigue, as well as musculoskeletal complaints and medically unexplained symptoms.
If you'd like to discuss whether your condition may be helped by acupuncture, you can book a free 15 minute consultation here.
WHAT CONDITIONS DOES ACUPUNCTURE HELP WITH?
The needles used in acupuncture are incredibly fine (0.2mm or less) and so insertion of the needles is largely painless. The acupuncture points at which the needles are inserted may respond to needling, producing sensations that range from tingling to a slight sting. Most people find acupuncture surprisingly painless and the relaxed and centred feeling with which treatment leaves them more than compensates for any momentary discomfort.
DOES ACUPUNCTURE HURT?
An initial course of treatment would probably be 5 or 6 weekly sessions. At that point I'd discuss with you how you felt treatment was progressing and how best to proceed. Ideally treatments would become less frequent over time, possibly leading to ongoing maintenance treatment. To discuss your specific condition, you can book a free 15 minute consultation here.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?
At your first appointment, lasting approx 2hrs, I would take a full medical history as well as asking about your general wellbeing, lifestyle etc. Chinese medicine focuses on the patient as an individual and any illness is part of the wider pattern of the patient's life. The intial consultation would also include some physical examination: pulse reading, tongue diagnosis and the palpation of tender or problem areas, all leading toward a diagnosis and an initial treatment.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN AT MY FIRST APPOINTMENT?
WILL MY HEALTH INSURANCE COVER THE COST OF TREATMENT?
I'm a member of the Associationof Acupuncture Clinicians and as such I'm recognised by a large number of insurers. If you have health insurance and would like to know if you can claim for the cost of treatment please get in touch to find out more.
First Consultation and Treatment (approx 2hrs) - £60
Subsequent Treatments (Approx 1hr) - £40