What is Acupuncture?


Acupuncture originated in China and other Far Eastern cultures where it still features in mainstream healthcare. Acupuncture is now widely used and accepted all over the world.

Acupuncture works to help maintain your body’s physical and emotional balance. It involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body to regulate the flow of Qi, your body’s vital energy.

Treatment is aimed at the root of your condition as well as your main symptoms. This approach helps with resolving your problem and enhancing your feeling of wellbeing.

Who can Acupuncture help?

There is a lot of research into which symptoms respond well to acupuncture, but the important thing is to find a practitioner you feel confident will work with you as an individual treating both you and your symptoms. The best thing if you have any questions is to call Alison to discuss further.

For more information about the origins of acupuncture and modern research into its effectiveness please visit the British Acupuncture Council’s website:

What does it feel like?

Acupuncture needles are ultra fine and most people hardly feel them being inserted. Alison uses Japanese style techniques where the needles are inserted very shallowly in a pain free manner. Sometimes other Chinese medicine techniques such as cupping and the use of a warming herb called moxa are used to help the smooth flow of qi.

Is it safe?

Acupuncture has a very sound track record. The needles used are single-use, sterile and disposable. Acupuncture can be safely used alongside western medicine to treat many conditions.

Alison has experience and training in treating babies and children using acupuncture techniques, usually with non inserted needles. Please contact her if you would like more information on how your child might benefit from this.


Sessions last between 45 and 60 minutes and cost £35.

You may need to allow a little longer for the first session which is still charged at this rate.

Reduced cost treatments at £20 are available to those in need, e.g. where the only income is from benefits and the over 60’s.

Most conditions respond well after 4 to 6 weekly sessions. It is then usually recommended to have less frequent long term treatments to help maintain good health. Many clients chose to come regularly throughout the year for seasonal top ups.

Acupuncture is intended to complement any treatment you may be receiving from your medical practitioner, not replace it. If you have, or suspect you may have, a health problem please consult your doctor in the first instance.