Frequently Asked Questions
Is Acupuncture safe?
Acupuncture has evolved over several thousand years and is one of the oldest continually practised medical modalities in the world. Acupuncture is one of the safest medical treatments, both conventional and complementary, on offer in the UK. Surveys have been conducted independently and Published in British Medical Journal and it was concluded that the risk of a serious adverse reaction to acupuncture is less than 1 in 10,0000 which is far less than many orthodox treatments.
I use only pre-sterilised, single use needles. All treatments are carried out in accordance with the BAcC Codes of Safe Practise Professional Conduct. I also practise in accordance with the BAcC Code of Ethics, which includes a confidentiality clause.
Are you insured?
As a Member of the BAcC I have full medical and public/product liability insurance cover.
If I have private medical insurance can that pay for my acupuncture?
Please check with your insurance company as several do pay for a course of acupuncture treatments. On the BAcC website is a list of companies that pay, but please check with your own as well to confirm.
How many treatments do I need?
As every person is assessed individually it is difficult to say before meeting a patient for the first time. At the first consultation I always make it clear whether I think I am able to help and approximately how many times we need to meet. Acute Problems can often be quicker to treat, whilst chronic can take longer. Babies and Children are generally respond to treatment more quickly.
What does it cost per consultation ?
Perranporth Clinic - £40 as of April 2019
The Natural Therapy Centre - £40
Hilsea Natural Health Centre - £45
The first consultation lasts 2 hours, the first hour being free. Subsequent consultation last 1 hour
BABIES AND CHILDREN
Up to 7 years, all clinics - £15
7 - 15 years, all clinics - £20
The first consultation takes approximately 1h, subsequent consultation 30 minutes
Full day session - £75
What can acupuncture treat?
Acupuncture is often associated with treatment of chronic problems but is also particularly effective in the treatment of acute and painful disorders. Listed below is a list of what acupuncture/herbal medicine can treat, BUT it is by now means a comprehensive list. Follow this link for a more comprehensive list of conditions, research and fact sheets on how acupuncture can be beneficial.
Gastric/ and gall stones
Side effects of chemotherapy
Pregnancy related & post birth problems
Colic and constipation/Diarrhoea
Does it work?
The Chinese have worked with it for 3000 years and it is still evolving. The BAcC site refers to some of the research that has been carried out. I have been working nearly 20 years as an acupuncturist and if it didn't work I wouldn't still be doing it!