Prices and Information
What to expect
During your first appointment we will discuss your main health complaint(s) and I will ask a wide range of questions covering your health history, personal history and the physiology systems of the body.
Some of the questions may not seem obviously linked to your main complaint, but acupuncture looks at the person as a whole and takes all of its parts into consideration in order to establish the best course of treatment. Chinese Medicine not only seeks to treat the physical part of a person but also realises the intricate connection between the Body, Mind and Spirit.
At each treatment I shall also take your pulse and examine your tongue. These are used as a means of assessment and diagnostics.
The information gathered allows me to form a diagnosis and create an individualised treatment plan. All people are not built the same and even though they may suffer with the same illness, they can experience it differently. Through acupuncture I seek to treat the individual and not just the disease.
It is helpful to pay attention to any improvements or changes which you have experienced since your previous treatment, this may be in your physical symptoms, your emotion state or general feeling of wellbeing.
How often should I come for treatment?
The effects of Acupuncture can be felt immediately but also has an accumulative effect. Therefore, although regularity of treatment does depend on the nature of the complaint, as a general rule I would suggest having treatment once a week for a minimum of four weeks. Depending on how progression develops fortnightly appointments may then be more suitable. For general upkeep of health I would suggest coming every four to six weeks.
What should I wear?
It is best to wear loose clothing so that the body can be easily accessed. Gowns are also available, if required.
Does it hurt?
The insertion of the needle is usually painless although you will experience a sensation of Qi and this is a personal experience. For me, I feel this as an achy buzz while others report feeling heat, or tingling, or numbness. One of my patient’s described it as “a bubble being popped”.
Preparing for a treatment
It is advisable not to come for treatment on the same day you have had bloods take for medical purposes or donated blood. Make sure you have eaten properly through the day and are properly hydrated. It is best to avoid coffee and alcohol as these can change your pulses.
Locations and Opening Hours
I currently run two clincs. One from a log cabin at my home in North Common, South Glos;
Monday: 1pm to 6pm
Thursday: 1pm - 7pm
and another from the lovely treatment rooms at The Flamingo Centre on Southmead Road, Westbury on Trym;
Tuesday: 3pm - 630pm
Friday: 10am - 2pm
I am self-employed and so if an appointment is missed it means I don’t get paid. If you miss an appointment or cancel within 24 hours you will be charged a cancellation fee. This payment simply covers the cost of room rental. My preferred payment method is cash but I do also accept cheques.
How much does it cost?
The price of a treatment is £35 and each session lasts 50 - 60 minutes. I do offer a small concession for those who are retired, on benefits or students.