Acupuncture has been practised in the East for centuries to promote, maintain and restore good health and over the millennia has treated every kind of disease. This holistic form of medicine is now popular in the West as an effective treatment for many conditions and can be used effectively alongside conventional medicine. The medical profession is increasingly recognising the benefits of acupuncture - in 2009 the non-departmental public body NICE recommended acupuncture as a cost-effective treatment for prevention of headache and migraine to its recommendations.
Our acupuncture teaching clinic
Our friendly and professional teaching clinic is open to the public. You will be treated by a team of students under the supervision of one of our clinical supervisors. Together they ensure you receive the highest standards of diagnosis, treatment and patient care.
Our clinical supervisors are all highly experienced and qualified acupuncture practitioners as well as being members of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC).
Our acupuncture students
Our students are completing their acupuncture practitioner training, studying for a BSc in Acupuncture. It takes three years of training to qualify as an acupuncturist. Alongside their study of acupuncture and Chinese medicine, students also study Western medicine. In our teaching clinic, treatments are led by a third year senior student and assisted by students from the first and second year. Your treatment is always supervised by a member of our clinical staff to ensure the highest standards of treatment and care are maintained.
Is acupuncture safe?
Acupuncture has proved to be very safe in all studies undertaken. The needles used are all sterile and only used once and disposed of straight after use.
Can acupuncture help me?
Because traditional acupuncture aims to treat the whole person rather than specific symptoms in isolation, it can be used to treat a wide range of problems. Many people decide upon acupuncture to help with a specific condition (such as osteoarthritis of the knee) and others because they feel generally unwell and would like to enhance their feeling of wellbeing. Acupuncture is suitable for people of all ages and for a wide variety of conditions.
What does treatment involve?
Acupuncture involves inserting very fine needles in various parts of the body. When the needle is inserted you may feel a tingling sensation or a dull ache. Most people find the process deeply relaxing and a pleasant experience. Treatment may also include massage, cupping and warming the needles (moxibustion).
What happens when I come for my first appointment?
Be prepared to spend up to two hours with us, during which a detailed assessment will take place and your treatment will be planned. After you have told us about your concerns, we will ask you more general questions about your general health and lifestyle. We will also take your pulse and look at your tongue (your tongue may be photographed) as these can provide useful information as to how your body is working. Based on this information we will make a diagnosis and put together your personal treatment plan. Acupuncture points are selected according to your symptoms and the needles are inserted. Once the needles are inserted you are normally left to relax for about 20 minutes after which the needles are removed. We advise you to wear loose-fitting clothing and not to eat a heavy meal before your appointment. NB - During your first appointment you will normally receive a treatment but this is not always possible. Your future appointments should last about an hour.
The College is involved in collecting research data and our patients assist with this by completing a MYMOP form during the first appointment, then at six weeks and a final one after 3 months. This information is anonymous and provides vital information for proving the efficacy of acupuncture.
How many sessions will I need?
Although people respond differently to acupuncture, we will always give you an estimate of how many treatments we think you will need. Typically we will recommend a course of treatments comprising of an initial consultation taking two hours, followed by 5 weekly appointments taking approximately one hour. After this initial course the frequency of your visits is adjusted depending on how you are responding to treatment and your preferences.
When is the clinic open?
The clinic is open Monday to Saturday. The first appointment is at 9:00 am and the last at 3:15 pm with an hour's break for lunch between 1:00 and 2:00 pm. To ensure your continuity of treatment, we try to make your appointments on the same day of the week - this means that you will be seen by the same clinic supervisor and often by the same students.
Can I be seen out of hours and at weekends?
Our teaching clinic is open on Saturday, or on weekday evenings you can make a private "one to one" appointment with an NCA graduate. Contact reception for details. Costs for the graduate clinics may vary from those shown below.
How much does treatment cost?
The first consultation is £35 and subsequent consultations are £20.
On your first appointment you will be given a loyalty card – after 9 appointments you get the 10th free.
If you are on a low income, receiving benefits, a student or a pensioner - please talk to us about discounted treatment.
I am on a low income do you offer any discounts?
If you are on a low income; receiving benefits, a student or a pensioner - please talk to us about discounted treatment. As we are an educational charity we are always open to helping people to access acupuncture treatment.
Each year we run a series of research trials into common conditions. These vary each year for example: headache and migraine, IBS, stress, insomnia, arthritis and many more. The purpose of the trials is to conduct small scale research into these conditions and also enable our students to treat people with the common diseases and problems they will find when they are running their own practices. If you take part in the trials you will receive discounted treatment – typically a free consultation and up to 10 half price follow-ups. At the start of the trial you will be assessed by our clinical staff for your suitability (normally over the phone) and if you are accepted you will be asked to attend an initial two hour consultation plus 6 follow-up treatments a week apart all on the same day of the week to ensure continuity of your treatment. You will be asked to complete a questionnaire on your first treatment – again at 6 weeks – then followed up after three months.
If you are suffering from a chronic and common condition please ask our reception if we are conducting any trials at the moment.
I have private health insurance will this cover the cost of my treatment?
If you have private health insurance you may be able to get some help with paying for your acupuncture treatment. Please ask for a receipt at reception if your insurer will refund your treatment costs.
How do I book an appointment or find out more?
Call us on 01904 343305 - our reception is open Monday to Saturday 9am to 4:30pm or send an e-mail enquiry
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