Frequently Asked Questions2016-11-08T12:43:01+00:00

Here you’ll find answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about acupuncture and my practice.

If you’d like to know something that isn’t covered here, then please get in touch!

What should I expect at my first appointment?2016-08-08T07:02:56+00:00

I’ll ask you to complete a short medical history and consent form, and we will then talk through your current conditions.

I will be making a diagnosis in Traditional Chinese Medicine terms, so that I can plan future treatments.

If you’re new to acupuncture, we can have a chat about what is involved before we go ahead with the first treatment.

What conditions can acupuncture help with?2016-08-08T07:03:18+00:00

People find acupuncture helpful for a very wide range of conditions and circumstances.

A full list would be impossible – but the British Acupuncture Council have created a list of some of the more common ones, together with supporting fact sheets. Click here.

If you’re not sure if acupuncture will be helpful for you, why not arrange a short (free!) conversation with me? See the Contact page for details.

How many treatments will I need?2016-08-08T07:03:37+00:00

This varies depending on your condition. Generally I will recommend a course of treatments at weekly intervals, but we can discuss this at your first visit.

Is it safe?2016-08-08T07:03:59+00:00

Acupuncture is one of the safest treatments – whether conventional or complementary – available in the UK, with a very low risk of side effects of any kind.


I only use pre-sterilised, single-use, needles, and follow all best practice in my treatment room and equipment as prescribed by the British Acupuncture Council, of which I am a member.

Does it hurt?2016-08-08T07:04:18+00:00

Most patients describe having a pleasant tingling sensation rather than experiencing any pain. This is largely because acupuncturists use very fine needles, which can be inserted with minimum pressure and disruption to the skin.

Will the cost be covered by my private health insurance?2016-08-08T07:04:39+00:00

Possibly. Many insurers provide cover for all British Acupuncture Council members, but you will need to check with your own. BAcC maintain a list of the current status here.

What personal records do you keep?2018-05-22T11:15:05+00:00

We keep your medical notes securely stored (on paper) and have an electronic appointments system which uses your contact details to send reminders. For further information see our Privacy Policy