Who has acupuncture?
Acupuncture can help specific emotional or physical symptoms or pains e.g. osteoarthritis of the knee. It can help if your feeling generally unwell with no obvious diagnosis and can enhance general wellbeing. Anyone can have acupuncture including pregnant women.
What happens when I go for treatment?
I will use a number of diagnostic methods to get a complete picture of your health and lifestyle, including taking a full medical history, reading your pulses, and looking at your tongue. I will make a diagnosis and put together your personal treatment plan. Acupuncture points are selected according to your symptoms as well as your underlying energy pattern. 
What does it feel like?
Acupuncture needles are much finer than needles used for injections and blood tests. When the needle is inserted you may feel a tingling sensation or dull ache.
Is it safe?
I am fully qualified, receiving a BSc Hons in Traditional Chinese Acupuncture and adhere to the guidelines of the British Acupuncture Council. The results of two independent surveys published in the British Medical Journal in 2001 (MacPherson et al, White et al, both BMJ September 2001) concluded that the risk of serious adverse reaction to acupuncture is less than 1 in 10,000. The needles used are single-use, sterile and disposable.
How many sessions will I need?
This will depend on your individual condition but initially I will probably recommend I see you once or twice a week at first. Some change is usually felt within five or six treatments, although occasionally just one or two treatments are sufficient. Some people choose to have regular acupuncture to maintain good health.
You can get more information on current scientific research into the effectiveness of acupuncture by visiting www.acupuncture.org.uk