FAQ’s

How much does it cost?

Treatment fees and payment methods

My treatment fees are in line with the local area and are currently:

Initial consultation and first treatment (90 minutes) = £65.00

Subsequent treatments (45 minutes) = £45.00

Home visits (within 10 miles) are charged at £10 extra per treatment.

Payment is by cash, cheque, BACS or credit card.

Cancellation policy

Appointments maybe rescheduled once booked but please give adequate notice should you need to change an appointment as cancellations with less than 24 hours notice will incur the full cost of the treatment.

Who has acupuncture?

Many people come to acupuncture to relieve specific aches and pains, such as osteoarthritis of the knee, headaches or low back pain.

Some women choose to have acupuncture throughout their pregnancy, and / or to help them recover after childbirth.

Other people choose acupuncture as a gentle, natural treatment when their body feels out of balance.

Many people have regular treatment simply because they find it relaxing and beneficial.

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a branch of traditional medicine that has been practised in China and the Far East for thousands of years. It has been developed, tested, researched and refined over this time into a treatment option accessed by increasing numbers of patients in the West. Without the benefit of modern scientific equipment, the first acupuncturists discovered many now familiar aspects of biomedical science.

A growing body of evidence-based clinical research is discovering how the body responds to acupuncture and its benefits for a wide range of common health conditions.

The focus for a traditional acupuncturist is on the patient as an individual and not just their specific illness, and all symptoms are seen as part of an interconnected pattern. Treatment involves very fine needles either rested against the skin or inserted into specific points which are said to affect the flow of the body’s vital energy.

What to expect when you come for treatment.

Your initial visit will take up to two hours and consists of a personal and medical consultation covering your family history, lifestyle, systems functions (eg. sleep, diet), full details of your current complaint/s and any tests or investigations that you have had. You will also have the opportunity to discuss in complete confidence any concerns or troubles you may currently be dealing with.

After the consultation I will carry out a number of short non-invasive physical diagnostic tests including blood pressure, temperature distribution and pulse taking. In most cases, this is then followed by your first treatment. Subsequent appointments take up to one hour, and include discussion of your progress and treatment to date.

How many sessions will I need?

Each treatment builds on the last, so having a few weekly sessions is always a good idea to start with.

You may notice an improvement immediately, but usually it is a gradual process.

Together we will review your condition at every session to gauge how it is going for you.

What does it feel like?

Many patients are concerned that acupuncture maybe painful but the needles are very flexible and about as thick as two human hairs so there is usually only a very slight sensation as it enters the skin. Sometimes patients also feel a dull ache on the acupuncture point but this also only lasts for a few seconds and is generally not considered to be uncomfortable.

Many find acupuncture relaxing and feel very calm during and after a treatment; you may also feel a little tired or sleepy so if possible, try to arrange a relatively restful and quiet day, especially after your first treatment.

Is it safe?

Acupuncture is one of the safest medical treatments currently on offer in the UK, in fact in 2001 a number of studies concluded that the risk of serious adverse reaction to acupuncture is less than 1 in 10,000.  Any minor side effects that do occur, such as dizziness or bruising around needle points, are infrequent, mild and self-correcting.

To see more information regarding the safety of acupuncture please visit the British Acupuncture Council’s website.

Will my health insurance pay for acupuncture?

Private Medical Insurers

This is a list of private health insurers who offer some form of cover for acupuncture treatment when the practitioner is a member of the british acupuncture council.

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What is the British Acupuncture Council?

I am a member of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) which is the leading self-regulatory body for the practice of traditional acupuncture in the UK. It is a member-led organisation, governed by an elected Governing Board and driven by a specialist staff team.

They provide members with a wide range of services to facilitate practice and ensure the highest standards. Their responsibilities include:

As a member I am bound by the Council’s stringent Standards of Practice and Codes of Ethics.

What is the Professional Standards Authority?

The Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care is a government body set up to oversee statutory bodies that hold voluntary registers of health and social care professionals, such as the British Acupuncture Council.

Acupuncture in the UK is not covered by statutory regulation, and as such it was felt that distinguishing between acupuncturists who had undertaken short courses, and those that had undertaken more extensive study, was of interest to members of the general public looking for high standards of care.  The BAcC was an early member of the Professional Standards Authority’s ‘Accredited Voluntary Register’ (AVR), which recognises the fact that they maintain high standards of training, safe practice and professional conduct among members.

You can read the BAcC’s entry on their website, register here if you would like to know more.

What’s the research?

There has been a great deal of research into the efficacy of acupuncture over the last few years, so in order to help sift ‘fact from fiction’ the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) have compiled a selection of fact sheets which provide accurate and unbiased general information for a variety of conditions. Clicking on the links below will allow you to access information on: