Initial health acupuncture
2 hr £120
What to expect
An initial acupuncture appointment takes up to 2 hours.
In the consultation I will ask questions about your medical history, lifestyle and wellbeing. Topics covered within the conversation include sleep, digestion, bowel movements, reproduction, menstrual cycle, skin allergies, and other questions that are very specific to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
I will discuss the treatment plan and put together a take home sheet with lifestyle and dietary advice according to principles of TCM.
Needles remain in place for around 20 to 30 minutes while you lie still and relax. There is usually no discomfort during the needle removal.
How to prepare for your appointment:
Dress comfortably, so that you can relax and enjoy the treatment.
Loose fitting clothing - I will need to access your arms and legs, so it will be helpful if you are able to roll your sleeves/ trousers above your elbows and knees, pull your top up to uncover your abdomen, or lower the waistband of your trousers. If there are areas I am unable to access, I will ask you to remove part of your clothing and cover yourself with a towel provided.
Jewellery - you may be asked to remove your watch and bracelets in order for me to perform pulse diagnosis from both wrists. There are also some frequently used acupuncture points located in the wrist area.
Acupuncture needles are inserted to various depths at specific points on your body. The needles are very thin, so insertion usually causes little discomfort. Between 5 and 20 needles are used in a typical treatment. You may feel a mild aching sensation when a needle reaches the correct depth. I might gently move or twirl the needles after insertion or apply heat (moxa) or mild electrical pulses to the needles. Depending on your diagnosis, I may also include gua sha, massage, cupping, or acupressure. In all circumstances, I will discuss the approach with you in advance.
Terms and cancellation policy
Your care and treatment is our priority.
Please arrive on time for your appointment - late arrivals may not receive a full treatment, but will still be charged in full.
Acu & Co. reserves the right to refuse treatment for anyone appearing to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Inappropriate behaviour will also not be tolerated.
Please note that Acu & Co. requires at least 48 hours notice for appointment cancellations. Appointments cancelled within 48 hours may be subject to 50% fee. I can sometimes fill the appointment from my waiting list, in which case I will let you know.