Acupuncture

Info for Patients

Why choose Acupuncture?

  • More people are turning to acupuncture to address common complaints, such as sports injury and pain or to address feelings of ill health and low energy associated with chronic conditions. Especially when Western pharmaceutical options have proved to be ineffective or the side effects harmful.

  • People also go on to have regular acupuncture to strengthen their constitution and maintain good health- just like going to the dentist or the gym.

  • The research evidence is growing for its safety and effectiveness. The World Health Organisation considers acupuncture to be beneficial for a range of illnesses and symptoms:

    • Addiction (such as alcoholism & smoking)

    • Allergies

    • Asthma

    • Bronchitis

    • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    • Constipation

    • Diarrhoea

    • Fibromyalgia

    • High Blood Pressure

    • Low Back Pain

    • Osteoarthritis

    • Sinusitis

    • Spastic Colon (IBS)

    • Stroke Rehabilitation

    • Tendinitis

    • Tennis Elbow

    • Urinary Incontinence

    • Kidney Infections

    • Sports Injuries

    • Sprains & Strains

    • Tinnitus

    • Pharyngitis

    • Gastroesophageal Reflux

    • Ulcers

    • Premenstrual Syndrome

    • Menopausal Symptoms

    • Menstrual Cramps

    • Infertility

    • Endometriosis

    • Irregular Menstrual Cycles

    • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

    • Anorexia

    • Memory Problems

    • Multiple Sclerosis

    • Sensory Disturbances

    • Drug Detoxification

    • Depression

    • Anxiety

    • Insomnia

What can we do for you?

  • Jan is our professional acupuncturist. She is a highly qualified practitioner having completed a rigorous 4-year BSc (Hons) degree in Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine, in the UK and further yoga teacher training in Canada and the US with the Yoga Alliance.

  • Combining bodywork techniques such as yoga stretches and breathing mediation and advice on diet and lifestyle, Jan uses her skills to develop a customised response to your individual health needs.​​

  • Trained in many different styles of Chinese Medicine (Traditional Chinese Medicine -TCM, Five Element, Japanese) - she can also treat needle-free using:

    • Cupping (as used by the USA Olympic Swim Team)

    • Herbal Heat "Moxa" 

    • Acupressure

    • Ear “seeds” 

  • Jan is available for a free confidential consultation to see if acupuncture is right for you. Call, text or email to arrange a time to chat: Email or 07868 130 419

 

 

 

F.A.Q.s

What is Acupuncture? How does it work?

Acupuncture (also sometimes called Dry Needling or Trigger Point Therapy) is the insertion of a medical-grade needle about the width of human hair are inserted into the skin, connective tissue (fascia) or muscle, connecting with acupuncture points located along specific lines along the body called meridians. Medical research shows it can help:

  • Increase blood flow to an injury

  • Release natural pain-killers

  • Increase white-blood cells & regulate the immune response

  • Increase the secretion of natural steroid hormones

  • Trigger a natural healing response

 

Thought to have been used in China for the last 5,000 years, the first needles were made of jade or bone. The needles are used to access 'Qi' ("chi"), which is the vital energy of the human body to manipulate it for better health.

The exact mechanism of how it works has evaded Western understanding, due to lack of research investment in the West. However, the most recent research (click for video) from Dr. Langevin and Harvard University, used a microscope to show connective tissue wrapping round a inserted needle 'like spaghetti round a fork'. This micro-stretches the fascia almost like a micro myofascial release massage and is thought to activate the surrounding tissue through mechanotransduction, especially fibroblasts, which play a role in wound healing (Langevin 2013)1.

For further info watch the short Informational video on Acupuncture on this page or click on the link.

 

Is it painful?

Most people assume it hurts because acupuncture involves the insertion of needles, but as these needles are very thin and only the thickness of a human hair, most people only feel a slight prick on insertion. Once inserted there may be a feeling of numbness, heat or pulling, known as 'de qi' (pronounced "du-chee"), this tells us the treatment is working.  

 

Overall most people find the process relaxing and worth the momentary discomfort for a largely pain-free existence.

For those that don't like needles there are other needle-free treatments available. Please ask to know more.

 

Will it work for me?

No medicine in the world, even western medicine, is guaranteed to work for everyone, 100% of the time, but surveys have found that the majority of patients who have acupuncture benefit from it. The good thing is there are no lasting negative side effects from giving it a go.

How long will it take?

New, acute problems may only need a couple of sessions, but if you have had a chronic condition for some time it may take 6 to 12 weekly sessions before change happens. As your symptoms get better, treatments can be less frequent and should then require only occasional top-ups.

 

As a 'rule of thumb' you may need one session for every month you have had the problem. A good practitioner on the first visit will discuss your treatment plan, the timescales, goals and likelihood of success.

When can I come? Where are you located?

Current clinic days are: 

Monday

Wednesday

 

At the beautiful new treatment rooms of:

Mycore Pilates Studio

28 a/b Bancroft

HITCHIN

SG5 1LA

(see map below)

Parking at:

Sainsbury's (2 hour limit)

Bancroft Gardens West Car Park

Portmill West Car Park

 

 

 

Will my health insurance cover sessions?

Being a BAcC member means most insurance companies will cover the sessions depending on your plan. Please email us to discuss.

What are the fees for sessions?

65 pounds for 1st session- New patient assessment & treatment (1hr-1 1/2hr)

49 pounds for Follow-up treatments

(45m-1hr)

Our fees are standard for the para-medical sector, but we do offer packages for regular visits which offer a small discount. Our aim is for you to have consistent treatment, which often produces better (and more cost effective) results in the long run. Please call us to discuss.

Can I know more?

To see more FAQs, please visit our Professional Body BAcC website:

https://www.acupuncture.org.uk/

 

 

Please note we do have a cancellation policy. While we understand plans can change last minute, we ask you give us at least 24 hours notice to amend or cancel an appointment. If not, we may charge 50% of the fee to cover the cost of the clinic time and preparation work done on your behalf.

Footnote:

1. Langevin H M (2013) The Science of Stretch. The Scientist. May 1 Available at: https://www.the-scientist.com/features/the-science-of-stretch-39407 

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