Patient's Corner


First Visit - What to expect

The acupuncturist makes a diagnostic assessment that takes into account the patient's present and past symptoms and complaints (medical history), environment (social and natural), life-style (work and habits) and psychology (thoughts, emotions and relationships) and involves observation of facial and tongue colour, physical palpation of the body and pulse taking. 

The session will end with a gentle treatment which will help the body start the detox process.

How do the needles feel

The needle feels like a small pinch followed by a sensation of numbness, ache, travelling warmth, tingling or heaviness around the area.

How will I feel after the treatment?

Response to treatment is individual: some people feel tired and some feel energized.

After six to twelve sessions there will be some subjective response to treatment: recovery from the main complaint or a more generalized sense of improvement, including alertness and tranquillity, restful sleep or better circulation. 

For chronic problems the process is extended and the progress may be recognized more by hindsight, when people look back and remember how they felt before the treatment. 

How many sessions do I NEED?

Duration and frequency of treatment vary, since each person is a unique riddle to be solved. 

Some need only a few sessions, while others need weeks and months - this depends on the severity of the complaint, how long has the person had it. 

A session lasts an hour and is scheduled every week. 

As symptoms improve, fewer visits are required. 

Why do I have bruises after cupping?

The marks left after cupping are not bruises. 

The online dictionary gives the following description of bruising: "A bruise is a traumatic injury which results in breakage of the local capillaries and leakage of red blood cells."

All skin marks that are a result of cupping therapy , however dark they may appear, are not painful. There is no internal or external damage inflicted to the skin. Capillaries do not leak as a result of injury or blow to the blood vessels. 

How does acupuncture work?

When Qi and Blood stagnate, the process of regeneration deteriorates and this constitutes the basic condition underlying many forms of illness.

Acupuncture seems to adjust all the physiological processes of the organism, through activation of the homeostatic function of the autonomic nervous system.

Acupuncture is process of stirring up the Qi so the stasis is overcome, thereby restoring circulation, reducing swelling, alleviating pain and promoting healing. 

Cancellation policy

Please provide at least 24 hours notice should you wish to cancel or change your appointment, to avoid a 100% cancellation charge. 

To cancel your appointment, please call  0330 400 3108 or 07557774935.

Please arrive 10 mins before your appointment so we can get you checked-in.