Frequently asked questions
What are the main types of Acupuncture in the UK?
Traditional Chinese Medicine
TCM analyses information gleaned through the four methods of diagnosis - Looking, asking, listening and palpating. Treatment is based on the pattern which emerges
Wu Xing, the Five Transformations (or elements), observes the main ways in which qi behaves and evolves
Used by western medical practitioners, the emphasis is on treating muscles and nerves,usually for pain control
Often referred to as acupuncture, this is frequently taught as a weekend course for doctors, physios, osteopaths and chiropractors
What diseases can acupuncture treat?
Acupuncture affects a huge range of conditions (see our Register's booklet - The Scope of Acupuncture).
Rather than treating diseases as such, we focus on the person experiencing the symptoms, so a given condition could be treated in very different ways.
If you ask people you know, you will get an idea of what sort of problems have been helped.
What can I do to help with the treatment?
A lot! Take a look at Helping Yourself page for suggestions
Does it hurt?
My style of acupuncture uses fine needles, with gentle stimulation. Although it is possible to feel strong sensations, most patients enjoy the treatment
Is it safe?
Acupuncture from properly trained practitioners is one of the safest therapies in the UK.
There is a good information in our Register's booklet - The Scope of Acupuncture
How will I feel after acupuncture?
You may feel relaxed and calm, possibly a little tired, or energized immediately after treatment
Should I continue with my prescribed medication during acupuncture treatment?
Yes, at least until you have discussed this with your doctor
Do you offer concessionary rates?
I have a quota of patients receiving concessions
Will my private health insurance cover me?
Many health insurance companies including AXA PPP will pay
Please check first, as you may need to be referred by a doctor or consultant, and cover may be limited
Can I park at the clinic?
There is a car park at the clinic.
When is the best time to phone?
Try between 8:00 and 6:00 weekdays
Do you help with fertility?
What should I wear?
I treat mostly on the back and limbs but I may need to use points anywhere on the body in order to be effective, and it is usually easiest to work with you in underwear
How much do you charge?
I charge £75 for the first visit (1 hour), and £60 for follow-ups (45 minutes)
Are you working?
My clinic is open for "Careful Practice" on Wednesdays to Fridays at the moment, which means among other things:
Can You Recommend a Simple Book on Acupuncture?
"A Guide To Acupuncture" is very clear and accurate. It was written by my colleagues Peter Firebrace and Sandra Hill.