Acupuncture & FAQs
Acupuncture may have two thousand years of history,
but it is as relevant to good health today as it ever was.
Its holistic approach is easily adaptable to our modern
lifestyles and can be used effectively to treat conditions across the spectrum.
By focusing on the powerful interconnections of body, mind and spirit, Acupuncture can be a very safe and effective alternative treatment to restore health and prevent future imbalances.
Book your free 15-minute phone consultation to find out how Acupuncture can help you!
"I started seeing Lut for an acute shoulder pain and various health complaints in October. She described how each health issue was linked and part of a bigger picture of health, and outlined a clear treatment plan to improve things for me over 3 - 4 sessions.
After just one session Lut managed to clear my shoulder pain which I’d been suffering with since Spring and I've enjoyed a huge reduction in migraine attacks.
Lut is warm, welcoming, and reassuringly calm. She made me feel confident she could help. She actively listened to me throughout the consultation and communicated her treatment plan very clearly – I felt very involved and excited by the healing process, and I really look forward to going back as soon as we are able."
The National Institute of Health suggests that Acupuncture works particularly well on chronic pain. It is also very effective in the treatment of chronic, acute and injury pain including arthritis pain, lower back pain, neck pain and shoulder pain, knee pain, sports injuries, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, sciatic pain as well as neurological pain.
Anxiety & Depression
Research has shown that Acupuncture can decrease anxiety and enhance the effectiveness of certain antidepressants - helping to increase serotonin levels and to lessen the side effects of antidepressants. It can help you to feel settled, grounded and positive. As it relaxes the brain and muscles, stress and tension throughout the body reduces.
Migraine & Headaches
Episodic migraines and frequent headaches can be a major disruption to your work, study and daily life. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) includes Acupuncture as a treatment to be considered to prevent chronic tension-type headaches and migraines.
Insomnia can come in many forms. Some people, for various reasons, have difficulty falling asleep, others have no trouble falling asleep but wake up during the night and are unable to go back to sleep.
Acupuncture treatments can help stimulate melatonin production which induces sleep onset, helps in staying asleep and in waking up feeling rested.
Acupuncture, in combination with dietary advice, is a safe way of treating digestive conditions including bloating, slow digestion, acid reflux, colitis, constipation, diarrhea, IBS and nausea which are signs that the digestive system is not balanced. Acupuncture can help to regulate the digestive dysfunction and maintain its balance.
Studies have shown that Acupuncture for period pains can significantly reduce the severity and length of the symptoms around the menstrual cycle. It can be an effective tool in treating hormonal imbalances, including menstrual irregularities, PMS, endometriosis, PCOS, as well as Menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats.
Fertility & Pregnancy
Acupuncture can help support successful conception in women undertaking IVF, ease stress, and reduce depression symptoms in women struggling with infertility. It can help ease morning sickness, and alleviate back or pelvic pain during pregnancy.
Allergies & Skin Conditions
Acupuncture can be effective in treating seasonal allergies, food intolerances and skin conditions including acne. It can also be of benefit in the treatment of eczema, psoriasis, and upper respiratory disorders, such as allergic rhinitis, asthma, hay fever, acute sinusitis and common cold.
Postoperative & Dental Pain
Acupuncture can provide an immediate analgesic effect for acute pain conditions and dental pain. It also helps manage the postoperative symptoms of acute lower back pain, other postoperative pain, vomiting, nausea and dental pain, as well as providing support for the immune system.
Complementary Reiki with Acupuncture
You'd like to have an Acupuncture treatment but feel uncomfortable with needles? Reiki can help you overcome this. It enables you to transition into the Acupuncture session effortlessly and puts your body at ease by creating a calm and relaxing space. Then you can enjoy your session fully with the utmost benefit.
Acupuncture is more than inserting needles
There are other techniques which can be used with Acupuncture or they can be applied as a stand alone therapies, and be as effective as Acupuncture. They include Moxibustion, Electro-Acupuncture, Cupping, Guasha, Acupressure massage and lifestyle advice.
Applying any of these therapies along with Acupuncture would depend on the individual's treatment plan. Find out more here.
Acupressure Meridian Massage
Acupressure is a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine and can be used on its own, or incorporated into an Acupuncture treatment. It has the same principles as Acupuncture in that the pressure (using hand) is applied directly to the acupoints of the body. This is said to trigger a response that promotes healing and relief to pain and muscle tension.
How does Acupuncture work?
Acupuncture is performed by inserting ultra-fine sterile needles into specific Acupuncture points, a traditional Acupuncturist seeks to re-establish the free flow of qi (energy, oxygen, and blood) to restore balance and trigger the body’s natural healing response.
What are the benefits of Acupuncture?
According to an evidence-based review of clinical literature, Acupuncture can assist in treating a wide number of physical, neurological, mental, and emotional ailments. The ailments that have been backed up by both clinical experience and research include a broad spectrum of conditions, as well as chronic and acute pain management.
Is Acupuncture right for me?
Everyone’s different. All my Acupuncture appointments are individual and personalised on a 1-to-1 basis. I welcome any questions that you may have. You can call me on 07747112885.
What will happen when I go for Acupuncture?
I will take your medical history, read your pulse, may examine the site of your symptoms, and look at your tongue. Then I will painlessly insert the fine needles into specific areas of the body. Once inserted, they can remain for around 20 minutes before being removed.
Acupuncture may be combined with cupping, guasha, moxibustion (heat), massage and nutritional advice as required. During follow up sessions, your progress will be reviewed and a revised prescription applied.
Is Acupuncture safe?
When performed by a suitably qualified acupuncturist, Acupuncture is considered safe.
Acupuncture practices in UK are regulated by the British Acupuncture council (BAcC). I am a registered practitioner and have completed the required training; a 3-year degree level course with over 600 hours of clinical supervision and continuing professional development and training.
Does Acupuncture needle hurt?
Acupuncture uses very fine, single use, pre-sterilised needles with guide tubes. You may not feel the needle at all when it is inserted. When stimulated, you may feel a tingling, warm or dull sensation; something unusual but not painful.
I am more than happy to accommodate any concerns you may have at your first Acupuncture appointment, so please don’t hesitate to let me know.
How many treatments will I need?
Normally, people will have a course of treatments. Weekly sessions are quite usual to begin with, for perhaps five or six treatments, reducing in frequency as your body responds. We can discuss your treatment plan during your first visit.
Do I need to do anything before Acupuncture?
Not really, but please do not arrive very hungry or after consuming alcohol. If it is your first visit, please be sure to bring a list of the medication you are taking, and remember to wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing.
Can I have Acupuncture if I am pregnant?
Yes. Definitely! Obstetrics is one of the oldest specialisations in Chinese Medicine, and Acupuncture can help from pre-conception, all the way throughout pregnancy, to induction and post-natal care. Please make sure that your practitioner knows if you are, or are trying to get, pregnant as some points are contraindicated in these circumstances.
What the Science Says About the Effectiveness of Acupuncture?
Results from several studies suggest that Acupuncture may help ease the types of pain that are often chronic, such as low-back pain, neck pain, and osteoarthritis/knee pain. It also may help reduce the frequency of tension headaches and prevent migraine headaches.