Frequently Asked Questions

What will happen on my first visit?

A full case history will be taken, including tongue and pulse diagnosis.  This will be followed by a treatment. Please bring with you any medication you are taking.

Should I eat before treatment?

Yes – a small meal a couple hours before treatment is ideal.

What should I wear?

Clothing which allows easy access to arms and legs and that you are comfortable in.  Undressing may be required, depending on the course of treatment decided upon.

Where do you place the needles?

This will depend on the problem.  Points selected may be a combination of points local to the problem, points related to the problem area and specialist points.  For example, there are points on the hand that treat the back and points on the foot that treat the eyes.

How much do you charge?

The initial consultation is £66 and follow up treatments are £60 each.

How many treatments will I need?

Acupuncture has a cumulative effect.  Like western medicine you need to take a course of treatment for it to be effective.  How many treatments will depend on the problem, how acute or chronic it is, how long you have had it and whether the problem is constant or not.  Some conditions may clear in 4 – 6 treatments, others can be reviewed after this time as to how the treatment is progressing and the likelihood of resolving it.

Does acupuncture hurt?

A fully qualified acupuncturist is trained to insert needles in a fast, smooth action.  Some points are more sensitive than others.  A sensation of heat, numbness or tingling is desirable for some conditions to speed up healing.  This is called the arrival of “de qi” by the Chinese.

Should I stop taking my medicines when having acupuncture treatment?

No – while the objective may be to reduce or come off medicines, this must be done in consultation with the prescribing doctor.

Can I bring someone to the treatment with me?

Yes – as long as they are quiet during your treatment.

Do you do home visits for people who can not get out easily?

My primary place of work is at my clinic in Sanjo, Buckhurst Hill.  However, if you find it difficult to get to clinic, please contact me to discuss other options.

What should I do after treatment?

Drink plenty of water and refrain from vigorous exercise for the rest of the day.