Please see below for commonly asked questions about Acupuncture. 

If there is anything that you would like to know that we haven't covered please feel free to get in touch with Richard Lamb and he will be happy to answer any of your questions.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a tried and tested holistic approach to health that has been practised and refined for centuries in China and the Far East. Traditional Chinese Medicine has developed to give us a thorough and detailed understanding of the body's energetic balance.

An important concept in Traditional Chinese medicine is an energy called Qi. Qi flows along pathways in the body called meridians and each person and part of the body has an ideal point of balance Qis for optimal health. If a persons Qi is unbalanced or the flow along meridians is blocked then illness can occur.

Acupuncture works to improve health helping to restore the body’s proper flow of energy and find its natural balance.

Currently acupuncture is recommended by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) for back pain and headache. Chinese medicine is also recommended by many clinics for help with conception.

Many studies have shown Acupuncture to be of likely benefit for numerous other conditions. You can find out more at the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) website acupuncture.org.uk.

It's often easier to take a pill than discover what is at the root of a condition. It's like taking the batteries out of a smoke alarm instead of addressing the fire. The symptom is our body’s way of communicating that something is wrong. By focusing our attention on what is causing our symptoms we can correct the deeper conditions and imbalances and our health is improved.

By working in this way, Acupuncture is able to treat all kinds of ailments. The following is a list of some of the common health problems for which people seek Acupuncture treatment:

  • headaches
  • migraines
  • sciatica
  • postoperative pain
  • facial paralysis
  • PMS
  • irregular menses
  • kidney stones
  • urinary tract infection
  • menopausal syndrome
  • infertility
  • delayed labor
  • allergies
  • asthma
  • common cold/flu
  • herpes
  • hypertension
  • substance abuse
  • emotional imbalances
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • insomnia
  • abdominal pain
  • indigestion
  • diarrhoea
  • constipation

The first sessions will be abound 60 minutes and follow-up visits are 45 minutes.

During you initial session Richard will take a detailed medical history and ask questions regarding your health and lifestyle and also usually perform a traditional pulse and tongue exam to decide on a course of treatment.

After this Richard will proceed to place needles in the appropriate points for your treatment.

Other treatments may be recommended in conjunction with Acupuncture needles such as moxibustion (a heat therapy), cupping (a suction technique using glass bulbs) or acupressure massage.

On subsequent sessions Richard will check to see how you've been feeling since the previous visit, and if anything new has come up which needs to be addressed before proceeding with your scheduled treatment.

Patients are advised to have a small meal or snack before the appointment as is not recommended to receive treatment if you are very hungry or excessively tired.

Try to wear loose fitting, comfortable clothing so that the acupuncture points can be easily accessed.

Most people will come once a week for the duration of their treatment, however Acupuncture sessions can be scheduled as often as daily or as little as once a month. The number of treatments needed varies from person to person and will depend on your unique condition and how you respond to Acupuncture. Richard will discuss with you the optimal treatment plan for you based on your individual case at your initial session.

The cost of your initial consultation and treatment is £50 with follow up treatments costing £40.

You can also purchase a course of acupuncture treatments at a discounted rate of £200 for 6 sessions when you pay in advance. Have a look at our Packages, Special Offers and Gift Vouchers for more details.

Most patients only experience a brief sensation of discomfort as the needle is initially placed. Many patients experience a pleasant feeling of relaxation and may even fall asleep for the rest of the treatment. However for some treatments, typically those for pain a pulling sensation can be experienced which some people can may find unpleasant.

Acupuncture can used alone or in combination with other complementary or conventional treatments.

This varies for each person. Most patients feel very relaxed or energised after treatment.

In Chinese Medicine the law of cure states that some dysfunctions find their way out of the body via the arms or legs. So some sensations such as aches or heaviness may be noticed there.

Also a symptom which is being treated may become more acute for a short while and then is considerately better.