Frequently asked questions
What conditions do you treat?
Acupuncture and moxibustion are effective in the treatment of many complaints. The British Acupuncture website lists those that have been recognised by the World Health Organisation. Please see details on their website.
If you have any questions regarding the complaint you wish treatment for, please call or use the Contact form
Do you give dietary and lifestyle advice?
Yes, because these can have a very direct bearing on the person's health. Oriental food energetics can be very helpful in improving energy levels, and it is also useful to discuss anything in a patient's lifestyle which is contributing to their stress and ill-health. Making dietary and lifestyle changes can also lead the patient to feel more in control of their own healing process.
Are the therapies you practise holistic?
Yes, because they promote an energetic balance in the body, the emotions and the spirit. Treatment can, in fact, take place purely for the 'good of the soul'. Some of the acupuncture point names indicate their use at this level, such as 'Spirit Storehouse', 'Gate of Hope' and 'Head Overlooking Tears'.
Is acupuncture painful?
There can be a slight sensation when the needle pierces the skin, and another when it reaches the correct depth, variously experienced as a drawing or aching feeling. As the needles are very fine, it is nothing like having an injection. There can be a temporary worsening of symptoms, but this is usually short-lived, and serious side-effects are rare.
Is it safe?
Needles are kept in sealed sterile packs, used once only, then disposed of in a sharps box.
What do I do now?
If you are not sure which treatment to choose, please book a free 15 minute consultation. Treatments can be combined where appropriate.
What is a Traditional Acupuncturist?
Typically, s/he will have at least 3 1/2 years training and conduct a diagnosis based on Chinese Medical Theory. Unlike doctors, physiotherapists or chiropractors, s/he will treat a wide range of complaints affecting the internal organs, not just musculo-skeletal problems.