What to Expect

The first consultation:

 The first treatment lasts around 1-1.5hours.  It involves an in-depth discussion about you and your health; physical, emotional, spiritual and your medical history.

  •  I’ll examine your tongue and take your pulse on both wrists.  These are important diagnostic tools in traditional acupuncture.  
  • We will discuss your treatment plan and you can ask questions and decide if you are happy for the treatment to go ahead.
  • For physical or muscular injuries, a brief physical examination may be required and palpation of the acupuncture points will be used to decide on which points are clinically required.
  • The treatment involves inserting extremely fine needles into the body at specific points for your condition.  They are left in for 15-20 minutes while you relax.
  • Other techniques are sometimes used, including: Moxa – a Chinese herb put on the needle which burns to stimulate the area; Acupressure; Massage; Cupping.
  • Some clothing must be removed for the treatment, keeping underwear on.  You will be given privacy to undress and towels to cover your body.  As I treat an area I will move the towel to gain access but always retain your modesty.
  • You are welcome to bring someone into the treatment room with you.

Subsequent treatments

  • Last around an hour 
  • We have a chat about your progress and then get on with the treatment.