What are the benefits of Acupuncture
Acupuncture’s major benefit is the treatment and prevention of disease, however there are many others including:
Safely used alongside conventional medicine.
Increases vitality and improves energy levels
Reduces stress levels.
Promotes relaxation and improves sleep.
Promotes feeling of well-being.
What happens in an Acupuncture Treatment
The initial consultation includes an in depth medical history covering any accidents, illnesses and operations you have had going right back to your childhood. You will be asked about any medications or supplements that you are taking, your menstrual cycle (if you are female) , and your diet and lifestyle.
Your tongue will be examined and your pulses taken to aid in the diagnosis, and to determine the best treatments.
The acupuncture points used may be located anywhere on the body so you will be asked to undress down to your underwear, then you will be covered with a towel. Points are carefully chosen using the minimum amount of needles to achieve optimum results, and increase the potency of the treatment. Once the fine needles are inserted they stay in for approximately 20 minutes, when you will be able to relax. A typical treatment will also include naturopathic advice on diet, exercise and lifestyle.
Initial consultation and treatment can last up to 1 & 1/2 hours. Following treatments will be between 45-60 minutes.
Is acupuncture safe?
Patients can feel assured that their safety is always put first. I am a registered member of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) which guarantees that extensive training has been undertaken for a minimum of three years, and members are bound by their code of ethics with regard to professional safe practice. I only use individually wrapped, single use stainless steel disposable needles which are safely disposed of after use.
Will acupuncture treatment hurt?
Some people may experience some sensation of tingling or itching around the site of the needle however often people are completely unaware that the needles have been inserted as they are so fine.
How will I feel after an acupuncture treatment?
Most people feel relaxed and tired after a treatment with a greater sense of wellbeing. It is best to take time to rest after a treatment and to make time to relax drinking plenty of water to ensure your body is fully hydrated.
Acupuncture Evidence Studies
If you suffer from any of the conditions below you should seek suitably qualified medical advice in the first instance.
Some of the conditions acupuncture can help (see also additional fact sheets and research reviews by the British Acupuncture Council - BAcC):
Tension type Headaches and Migraine: acupuncture is recommended by NICE September 2012 (point 1.3.9)
Dental pain (ASA) (fact sheet by the British Acupuncture Council)
Nausea and vomiting (ASA) (fact sheet by the British Acupuncture Council)
Tension as well as migraine type headache (ASA) (fact sheet by the British Acupuncture Council)
Osteoarthritic knee pain (ASA) (fact sheet by the British Acupuncture Council)
Lower Back pain (ASA, CR, NICE) (fact sheet by the British Acupuncture Council)
Migraine (CR) (fact sheet by the British Acupuncture Council)
Tension headaches (CR) (fact sheet by the British Acupuncture Council)
Skin problems (Acne fact sheet, Eczema, Psoriasis fact sheet by the British Acupuncture Council)
Neck and arm pain (CR)
Shoulder pain (CR) - (fact sheet by the British Acupuncture Council)
Non-seasonal allergic rhinitis (CR) (fact sheet by the British Acupuncture Council)
Labour induction (CR)
Labour pain relieve (CR)
Assisted conception (CR) (fact sheet by the British Acupuncture Council)
Period pain (Dysmenorrhoea) (CR)
Anxiety (Pilkington et al. 2007 - systematic review) (fact sheet by the British Acupuncture Council)
ASA: Approved by the Advertising Standards Authority (Implies that large scale double blind placebo controlled trials have found evidence that acupuncture is effective)
CR: Where Cochrane reviews have found evidence for positive outcomes with acupuncture (The Cochrane Collaboration, established in 1993, is an independent international network of people providing reviews on healthcare studies to help the formation of decisions about human healthcare. It is used by the NHS and the World Health Organisation) www2.cochrane.org/reviews/
NICE: The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, NICE, has recommended the use of acupuncture for lower back pain within their patient management recommendations (July 2009 – updated May 2010). guidance.nice.org.uk/CG88/NICEGuidance/pdf/English
Consultation & initial treatment ~ £45
Follow up treatments ~ £35
Course (5 treatments) ~ £150
Course (10 treatments) ~ £250
Consultation & initial treatment ~ £65
Follow up treatments ~ £55
Course (5 treatments) ~ £250
Course (10 treatments) ~ £400
Consultation & initial treatment ~ £30
Reiki treatment ~ £30
Naturopathic consultation ~ £30
Bach Flower Remedies Consultation ~ £25
The British Acupuncture council has been accredited by the Professional Standards Authority. The AVR scheme was set up by the Government to improve standards and safety for the benefit of the public. The accreditation demonstrates my commitment to high professional standards, to enhancing safety and delivering a better service.
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