FAQs

What can acupuncture treat?

Acupuncture treats the whole person and is therefore effective for a whole range of conditions. For detailed infomation see the fact sheets found on this website under information and research.

Also see this link to the World Health Organisation who list many conditions treatable with acupuncture.

In 2009 the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommended acupuncuture should be made available on the NHS for the treatment of persistant non-specific lower back pain.

Does it hurt? 

Most people find the treatments extremely relaxing, the needles are much finer than those used for injections and you may not feel the needles go in, or sometimes a brief sting as the needle is inserted. Once they are in you may feel a tingling sensation or a dull ache.

Is it safe?

The safety of acupuncture has been demonstrated by two large, well designed surveys published in the British Medical Journal in 2001 (1, 2).  They concluded that the risk of serious adverse reaction to acupuncture is less than 1 in 10,000 (much less than many medical treatments).  Only a small number of minor and short-term side effects such as dizziness and bruising were recorded.

How many sessions will I need?

The number of acupuncture sessions needed  depends on the individual condition. I would often recommend a course of 5 or 6 treatments, however sometimes just one or two treatments are sufficient.  Some people choose to have regular acupuncture to maintain good health.

Will my private Health insurance cover  the cost?

As acupunctures beneficial effects become more widely recognised, more and more private health insurance companies are offering to cover acupuncture treatments by British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) Members.

Each private health insurer will have their own criteria and policy details vary. Some policys will require a signed referral to the acupuncturist from your GP, but there are also many who do not.

Please note all treatments will have to paid by you first and will then later be reimbursed by the by the insurer afterwards.

Click here to download a non exhaustive list of some of the insurance companies which approve BAaC members

How Much does it cost?

I charge £45 for the initial consultation which takes approximatly 1 1/2 hours

Follow up treatments are £35 for 45-1 hour.