What to expect

When you come for acupuncture treatment with us, we give you plenty of time to discuss all aspects of your health. This gives us a holistic picture of what’s going on and allows us to tailor your treatment and advice according to your needs. We’ll formulate a treatment plan and assess your progress regularly as you come for treatments.


Your initial consultation will last around 90 minutes. Most of the time will be spent discussing your main complaint as well as all other aspects of your health. In addition to asking questions, your acupuncturist will undertake a physical examination which will vary according to your health complaints, but may include abdominal, postural and joint examinations, and will always include an examination of the pulses (taken at both wrists) and the tongue. Your initial consultation will also include a treatment.

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. You may notice other niggling problems resolve as your main health complaint improves.

Pulse diagnosis is used to identify imbalances and then at each acupuncture treatment to assess progress


Following your initial consultation, you will usually be asked to come for weekly treatments. Each treatment will last around 45 minutes to one hour.

It is impossible to predict how many treatments will be needed or how soon treatments can be spaced further apart, as each case will be different. As a guideline, people typically see improvements within the first four or five treatments.

During each treatment we will discuss your progress since the last session and agree a treatment plan. This may involve use of any of the therapies described here. Your practitioner may also offer lifestyle advice which can support your treatment. They will discuss the treatment plan with you in order to gain your informed consent, so if you have any queries or concerns, do not hesitate to let your practitioner know.

Acupuncture treatment, needle inserted for shoulder pain