Initial consultation and treatment £50
(up to 1 hour 30 minutes)
Follow up acupuncture treatment £40
Follow up ear acupuncture treatment £25
Facial acupuncture (cosmetic) £65
(1 hour 30 minutes)
Monday 9.00am - 6.00pm
Tuesday 9.00am - 6.00pm
Thursday 4.00pm - 7.00pm
Friday 9.00am - 4.00pm
Saturday appointments available on request
Home visits available. An extra charge may be applicable depending on location.
If you are unsure if acupuncture can help you, please call 07899 318976 for a FREE 15 minute telephone consultation.
Downland Acupuncture & Wellness
11 Mill Close
Tel: 07899 318976
Podiatry & Wellness Clinic
3 Millfields, Station Road
Tel: 07899 318976
or 01323 301480
Can Acupuncture help me?
The World Health Organisation (WHO) lists many conditions treatable with acupuncture, including:-
Chronic back pain
Osteoarthritis of the knee
However, an increasing number of people in the UK are using acupuncture as an effective way to improve general health and well-being, or simply to maintain health. Acupuncturists take a holistic approach to health and therefore aim to treat the whole person individually rather than treating symptomatically and/or prescriptively. Some people find that symptoms other than their main complaint are also alleviated following acupuncture treatment.
What can Acupuncture treat?
Acupuncture has the ability to help a wide range of symptoms. The most common symptoms treated in clinic include:-
Aches, pains and injuries
Arthritis and rheumatism
Digestive disorders e.g. IBS
Headaches and migraines
Menstrual and fertility issues
Stress and anxiety
Other issues treated include:
Addictions e.g Alcohol & Smoking
Allergies e.g Hayfever
Emotional issues e.g. Grief
Psychological issues e.g. Depression
Acupuncture is used to help maintain or re-balance the flow of qi throughout the body in order to prevent disharmony and illness.
Imbalance or disharmony within our bodies could have many causes, including stress, injury, trauma, lifestyle, bereavement, infection, hereditary diseases, etc.
An acupuncturist will be looking to find the root cause of this imbalance and the insertion of a few needles at relevant acupuncture points will assist the body's natural ability to correct and readjust the flow of qi.
What will happen at my first acupuncture treatment?
A full diagnostic consultation will be carried out. You will be asked questions about your medical history including all aspects of your health and wellbeing. The full diagnosis will include looking at your tongue and feeling your pulses on both wrists. This comprehensive diagnostic consultation allows Nicky to create a bespoke treatment plan best-suited for you personally.
As many of the commonly-used acupuncture points are found on the lower arms, lower legs and abdomen it is advisable to wear loose clothing. You will need to allow approximately 1hr 30mins for your initial consultation and treatment, whereas subsequent treatments will take an hour.
How many sessions will I need?
The number of sessions required will depend entirely on the individual patient and the condition. Some people find weekly treatments extremely beneficial, however this could be reduced to fortnightly or monthly treatments when suitable. Some change is usually felt within five treatments, although occasionally just one or two treatments are sufficient.
What will an acupuncture treatment feel like?
Some people find that acupuncture is mainly painless, although you may experience a slight scratchy feeling as the needle is inserted. Once the needles are in place it is common to find that you are no longer aware of their presence, however it is not unusual to feel a warm sensation emanating from the needle site, or a slight tingling feeling. People are often surprised to find that they fall asleep during the treatment or find that they feel extremely relaxed.
Is Acupuncture safe?
Acupuncture is deemed to be one of the safest medical treatments available in the UK and has minimal side-effects. However, occasionally you may experience mild bruising, dizziness or tiredness after a treatment, although these symptoms will soon pass. As a member of the British Acupuncture Council, your acupuncturist ensures that pre-sterilised, individually wrapped, single use needles are used. These are then safely disposed of in a sharps box to minimise the risk of infection.
Whilst it is safe to receive acupuncture in conjunction with other medical treatment, it is important to inform your doctor that you are also having acupuncture. Likewise, your acupuncturist will need to know details of any medication you are taking, or other treatments that you are undergoing.
How can acupuncture help me?
A growing body of evidence-based clinical research shows that traditional acupuncture, as practised by British Acupuncture Council members, safely treats a wide range of common health problems including short-term relief of symptoms such as lower back pain, tension-type headaches and migraine-type headaches.
In fact the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines on best practice now recommend that GPs offer a course of 10 sessions of acupuncture as a first line treatment for persistent, non-specific lower back pain.
In 2013, NICE announced it also recognised acupuncture's benefits for migraines and tension-type headaches too.
Depending on the nature of your individual treatment, you may feel very relaxed or, alternatively, you may feel revitalised afterwards.
Either way, it is important for you to allow yourself some time to rest following your treatment. In doing so you will benefit fully from the treatment effects. As acupuncture is an individualised form of therapy, it is difficult to say for sure how you will feel immediately afterwards.
Some people report an immediate improvement, whereas others find that the effects are felt increasingly over the following few days. It is useful for subsequent treatments if you could be particularly aware of the changes that you experience following each session.