Frequently Asked Questions

 

Answers to your questions


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What does it feel like?
How thick are the needles?
Are the needles sterile?
Where are the acupuncture points?
What should I wear?
Are there times when I shouldn't have acupuncture?
How much does it cost?
How can I pay?
Can I treat a friend with a gift voucher?
How long are the appointments?
How do I make an appointment?
When and where can I have acupuncture?
Can I have acupuncture after working hours?
How many appointments will I need?
How often will I need to come?
What qualifications does Jessica have?
What style of acupuncture does Jessica practice?
Should I have acupuncture instead of seeking conventional medical help?
Should I have acupuncture instead of taking my prescription drugs?
Where can I find out more about acupuncture?
Can acupuncture help with my condition?
I have a new question for this page

What does it feel like?

It really varies, for each person and also for different points on the body, see page on treatments.


How thick are the needles?

People often imagine hypodermic-sized needles, but acupuncture needles are MUCH finer.  A typical needle size is 0.2mm in diameter.


Are the needles sterile?

Yes!  They are single-use, disposable and sterile.


Where are the acupuncture points?

All over!  The network of Meridians run from the tips of the toes to the top of the head.  However, many of the most frequently used points are on the hands and lower arms, and the feet and lower legs.  Jessica will treat points on any body areas that you are sensitive about only if you are completely comfortable with it.


What should I wear?

Loose, comfortable clothing.


Are there times when I shouldn't have acupuncture?

It's better not to have acupuncture while very hungry, full or tired.


How much does it cost?

Your first appointment will be longer than subsequent ones to allow a detailed discussion of your health, and costs 65.  Subsequent treatments are 45. 


How can I pay?

By cheque or cash, Jessica doesn't have facilities for credit cards.


Can I treat a friend with a gift voucher?

Definitely!  Get in touch to buy a voucher. 


How long are the appointments?

First appointment: 90 mins

Subsequent appointment: 45 mins


Can I have acupuncture after working hours?

Yes, Jessica is available some evenings, usually until 7pm, with the last appointment at 6.15pm.  These spots are popular though, and often booked up in advance!


When and where can I have acupuncture? 

Scroll down the contact page to see where Jessica is available, and on which days.


How do I make an appointment?

Click here for contact details.


How many appointments will I need?

This depends upon your individual health and the reasons you have come to acupuncture.  Some people may come for 4-6 appointments, although many come for longer, for example 10-15 appointments, and some choose to have ongoing regular acupuncture.


How often will I need to come?

Initially the ideal is to come weekly.  After a few weeks the interval between treatments can increase gradually, for example to monthly or bi-monthly.


What qualifications does Jessica have?

Jessica obtained her Licentiate in Acupuncture after three years study at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine.  She is a member of the British Acupuncture Council and has full professional indemnity and public liability insurance cover.  Click here for more information about Jessica.

 


What style of acupuncture does Jessica practice?

Jessica practices an integrated style including both the Five Elements and 'TCM' (Traditional Chinese Medicine) approaches.  Click here for more information about Jessica.


Should I have acupuncture instead of seeking conventional medical help?

For any medically-significant symptoms, it is important to utilise conventional medicine as well as any complementary therapies.


Should I have acupuncture instead of taking my prescription drugs?

No!  With many prescription drugs it is very important for your health that you do not stop taking them suddenly.  If your symptoms improve to the point where you would like to cut back or stop taking your medication, this is something you should discuss first with your GP, so that your dosage is reduced at a safe pace.


Where can I find out more about acupuncture?

Read more at the British Acupuncture Council or the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine.


Can acupuncture help with my condition?

Unfortunately after a change in the regulations we can no longer share information here about acupuncture in relation to a wide range of health conditions, however for each of the conditions below you can click through to receive information from Jessica by email.

 


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