Frequently Asked Questions

What does it cost?

Can I claim for Acupuncture from my Healthcare Insurance?

How many treatments will I need?

How long does a treatment last?

Who has Traditional Acupuncture?

Is it safe for babies, children and teenagers?

What can Acupuncture treat?

Should I still take my prescribed medicine whilst having treatment?

What does it feel like?

I’m scared of needles, can I still have Acupuncture?

What should I do before treatment?

Are there any side-effects?

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What does it cost?

The initial consultation and first treatment costs £60 and lasts approximately 90 minutes. Subsequent treatments cost £40 and last up to 60 minutes. Although some conditions may be helped within the first treatment, in my experience clients usually notice positive changes within the first five treatments. Chronic conditions may need extended treatments to gain the best results. Please check to see if you have insurance which may cover part of the treatment costs.

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Can I claim for Acupuncture from my Healthcare Insurance?

Many providers do pay for Acupuncture treatment so please check with them directly. Benenden Health and the Birmingham Hospital Saturday Fund do fund Acupuncture and the BAcC maintains a list of private health insurers (click here to see the current list). Please ask for further details.

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How many treatments will I need?

This varies from person to person depending on the condition, the patient’s age, health condition and chronic nature of the problem. Generally speaking improvements can be noted within 5 treatments when a review of treatment will be made to determine progress and likely need for future treatments.

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How long does a treatment last?

The initial consultation lasts up to 1 ½ hours as it involves taking a full medical/lifestyle history a simple physical examination and other Traditional Acupuncture tests. An initial treatment may or may not be included at this stage depending on the person and condition.

Following treatments last up to 1 hour.

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Who has Traditional Acupuncture?

Many people use acupuncture for help with specific symptoms or conditions, such as Osteoarthritis of the knee, lower back pain or nausea to name a few. Others choose acupuncture as a preventive measure or to strengthen their constitution or because they just feel generally unwell and out of sorts due to stress or sleeplessness for example. Many patients seek to prepare for starting a family by having Acupuncture treatment before trying to conceive or when infertility may be a concern.

Acupuncture aims to help with a wide range of physical, mental and emotional problems. Acupuncture is considered suitable for all ages including babies, children and the elderly. It can be very effective when integrated with conventional medicine.

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Is it safe for babies, children and teenagers?

Yes. Children and adolescents usually respond very well to acupuncture. A chaperone will be required for children aged under 16 and acupressure may be more appropriate in some cases.

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What can Acupuncture treat?

Acupuncture is widely considered to be beneficial for a range of illnesses and symptoms, from clearly defined complaints to more general feelings of ill health, low energy and emotional problems. Please see this link to a list of conditions provided British Acupuncture Council research:

www.acupuncture.org.uk/research-fact-sheets

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Should I still take my prescribed medicine whilst having treatment?

Yes. Acupuncture is safe to have alongside taking your prescribed medication or natural remedies. The acupuncture treatment may enable you to reduce or even stop taking some forms of medication but you should always consult your doctor regarding any change of prescription. DO NOT stop or reduce your medication without your GPs guidance. You may wish to advise your GP before undertaking a course of acupuncture.

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What does it feel like?

Most people find acupuncture to be very relaxing and find that their treatment time is a welcome break from the fast pace of life today. Patients often describe the needle sensation as a tingling or dull ache. This is one of the signs the body's qi, or vital energy, has been stimulated.

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I’m scared of needles, can I still have Acupuncture?

Yes. I can use acupressure which does not use needles, or stimulate the acupuncture points in other ways. Needles can also be used but without breaking the skin, or inserted extremely lightly. Acupuncture needles are very much finer than the needles used for injections and blood tests and are sterile single-use needles. You may not even feel them penetrate the skin and if they are left in for a few minutes you may hardly even notice them.

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What should I do before treatment?

Try not to have a large meal within an hour of your appointment as the process of digestion will alter the pattern of your pulse for diagnosis, and you may need to lie on your stomach. You should also avoid alcohol before and after treatment on that day.

It is a good idea to wear loose-fitting clothes so that the acupuncture points, especially those on your lower limbs, are easily accessible.

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Are there any side-effects?

Acupuncture has virtually no unpleasant side effects. Any that do occur are mild and self-correcting. For example, occasionally there may be minor bruising at the needle point or a short-term flare-up of your symptoms as your Qi clears and resettles, which is part of the healing process.

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