The clinic is currently open and I am working as usual. Please contact me if you need an appointment. You will need to wear a mask in the clinic and throughout the treatment. I will be wearing PPE and keeping a safe distance from you where possible, but obviously during the actual treatment I will need to be well within 2 metres of you. You are welcome to come to see me if you are happy with this arrangement.
Acupuncture was first used in China, Japan and many other Eastern cultures for centuries before being brought to the West.
It is most often associated with pain relief but it also helps with many illnesses and other disorders and can be used alongside Western medicine.
Some people use acupuncture to help with specific complaints, others just “feel unwell” and want to get better. Many people come to acupuncture for a specific ailment and then return for “top up” treatments to keep feeling well. It treats the person, not the symptoms so is helpful for a wide variety of complaints. When conventional, Western medicine cannot find anything wrong, that is often when acupuncture can help.
At the first consultation I take a full medical history. Nothing is irrelevant. Past experiences and illnesses can have long term effects on the body.
As well as talking to you about your condition, at each consultation I will usually also look at your tongue and take your pulse on both wrists. This helps my diagnosis.
I then decide which acupuncture points to use and whether to use additional massage techniques or moxa, which is a warming herb, helpful in some cases.
Wear loose, comfortable clothing and be sure to have eaten at least an hour or two before treatment.
It is surprisingly relaxing. Many patients fall asleep during treatment.
The cost is £50 for the first consultation and treatment, which usually takes an hour. Subsequent treatments are £40 and usually take around 45 minutes.
That depends on your condition and especially how long you have suffered from it. Your age may also be a factor. But no two people are alike and no two people will react the same way. If different people come to me for help with headaches, for example, I may use completely different points, depending on the type of headache, whereabouts on the head it is felt, the type of pain and other symptoms present.
A “rule of thumb”, if there is such a thing, would normally be 6 treatments. For female fertility issues though, 3 cycles is a better guide. It may take 2 or 3 sessions before you feel the benefit. Or you may experience an immediate benefit.
Some people feel so much better generally after a series of treatments that they come back to me for a top up every month or six weeks, even after their main condition has subsided, just because it makes them feel really well again.
I spent an interesting morning listening and talking to some people about tinnitus at a meeting of their support group (www.sehants-tinnitus.org). I learned a lot about how it affects their lives and spoke about how acupuncture might help them. If you also suffer from this debilitating condition, this local group who meet in Bedhampton, or nationally the British Tinnitus Association might offer some help for you.
“Nature does not hurry. Yet everything is accomplished.” Lao Tzu