What can I expect during my first visit?

During your first visit, I will take detailed information about your general health. Questions related to sleep patterns, energy levels, bowel habits & diet are often asked even if these seem to have nothing to do with your primary complaint, followed by an examination of your tongue and pulse to determine your energy levels and establish a treatment plan.

How does it feel?

Some people feel a mild dull ache or a tingling sensation. You may also feel a heavy or electric sensation.  Many report feeling calm and relaxed after treatment.

I am registered with the Disclosure & Barring service (DBS) which allows me to work with vulnerable groups including children.  As a member of the British Acupuncture Council (BAC)

I adhere to their Code of Professional Conduct and Safe Practice.

Is it safe?

Acupuncture is a safe treatment if it is carried out by a qualified Acupuncturist. The needles I use are sterile, single use and are disposed after every treatment. Acupuncture can be safely used alongside conventional medicine. However, you can discuss your concerns with your doctor if you are taking medication or receiving treatments.

How many treatments do I need?

The number of treatments depends on the severity of your condition. It is advisable you commit to a minimum of 5 treatments initially. People with chronic conditions usually need one or two treatments per week over several months or until there are signs of improvement when your treatments can be less frequent. An acute condition normally improves after 8-10 treatments. Many return for acupuncture on a monthly basis to maintain their progress. I will discuss the  number of treatments you need after our initial consultation.

I'm afraid of needles. Are there other forms of treatment besides needle insertion?

Yes. While I normally like to use Acupuncture, I often combine acupuncture with other treatments such as Cupping Therapy, Moxabustion and acupressure which can provide good results.