How does it work?
According to the Chinese philosophy, our health is dependant on Qi – the body’s motivating energy, which travels around the body along meridians (channels) beneath the skin. Through the insertion of fine needles, an acupuncturist is able to stimulate the body’s own healing response and help to restore the balance. The Chinese philosophy often correlates to Western medicine theories but describes disease processes and illnesses in a more visual, perhaps even romantic way.

What is acupuncture good for?
Acupuncture can be used to maintain health and well-being, but has also been known to help a multitude of conditions, many of whom are recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
See Ailments for a list of conditions

What does acupuncture feel like?
Acupuncture needles are very thin and solid needles. People often think of needles used in injections and blood tests but acupuncture needles bear very little if any resemblance to those. They are single-use sterilised and disposable, which is a BacC requirement. The sensation on insertion is often described as a tingling or dull ache and the needles are left in for up to 20 minutes. Patients often describe a feeling of relaxation or heaviness during that period.

What will happen during the treatment?
On the first visit, the acupuncturist will need to assess your general health as well as your presenting ailment (should there be one) to establish the underlying pattern and give you the most effective treatment. You will be asked in detail about current symptoms, medical history, diet, digestion and sleeping pattern among others. The acupuncturist will also examine your tongue and feel your pulses on both wrists, as these areas are great indicators of the state of the body’s energy.

How much does the treatment cost?
£40-60 for a 1 hour consultation and treatment depending on clinic. Have a look at your local clinic for details.
Private health insurance may cover the cost of the treatment. Please check with your health care provider. I do hold info and am registered with a fair few of them, but terms and conditions vary between policies.

Does acupuncture hurt?
Acupuncture needles are only 0.18-0.22mm thick. By gently tapping them through the superficial layers of the skin, the needles go past the pain sensors without causing pain. Common reactions to treatment include a sensation of a dull ache or a tingling sensation.