The first consultation takes 60 to 90 minutes. First of all, we will develop your case paper and I will ask health and lifestyle related questions. As well as wanting to know why you’ve come for acupuncture, I also need to know about your past medical history and any medications you are taking, as these may affect which treatment Points I choose. We will discuss your digestion, sleep and energy patterns. Answers to these questions will help me to look deeply at your case to see what can be done to help you as an individual. The traditional style of acupuncture that I practice aims to treat people holistically. I want to guide your body into healing itself in order to stimulate long term changes rather than symptomatically taking away your pain only for it to return soon after. This is why the initial questioning may seem to be quite in-depth.
Next, I will carry out my body diagnosis whilst you relax lying under warm towels. I will look for signs and symptoms on your body including changes in skin texture and temperature. I may gently palpate your abdomen, before asking you to stick out your tongue so that I can look at the colour, shape and coating. This can tell me many things about your digestion and state of energy. Finally I will feel the pulse at different levels on both of your wrists. This can take a few minutes as great importance is placed on pulse-taking in Chinese Medicine. I may take it periodically throughout your treatment to see how your body is responding to the needles.
Finally I will reach my diagnosis and develop my treatment strategy. I may palpate some acupuncture Points to see whether they feel active to me. I will always tell you where I want to needle and make sure that you are happy with where they are going to go. I usually use about 7 needles in a treatment but it depends on what I’m trying to achieve but my view is less is more, and I needle in a very gentle manner.
The needles stay in for 20 minutes and I will stay with you in the room during this time but you are welcome to close your eyes and relax. Sometimes I will use a herb called moxa to warm the Points, and I may use cupping before needling, particularly for musculoskeletal issues. I may also use an infrared mineral heat lamp to warm body areas. I will always explain these procedures to you if I decide to use them.
Follow up appointments are shorter (45mins to 60 minutes). In these sessions, I will ask you about any changes/feedback since the last treatment and feel your pulse/look at your tongue again. It is unlikely that a full body diagnosis will be needed but please wear comfortable clothing so that Points can be easily located and needled.
All of the consultation is confidential. Your notes will be kept locked up and in accordance with data protection laws. Please say if you feel uncomfortable answering any of the questions or don’t wish to undress for body diagnosis. It is essential that you feel comfortable in the clinic so that your body feels relaxed enough to heal.
Initial consultation and treatment (90 mins) - £50
Follow up treatments (45/60 mins) - £40
5 Session package (paid upfront) - £180
Initial Consultation and Treatment ( 90 minutes and includes a jade roller) - £70
Follow up treatments - £50
5 session Facial continuation (paid upfront) - £225
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