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  • Can Acupuncture help me?
    Acupuncture can help with so many conditions and concerns. From headaches to gout in the feet. From erectile dysfunction to a stiff neck. Chronic and acute conditions. Preventative treatments and treatments for degenerative conditions. It is almost endless, so it’s best to speak with your practitioner about how it can help you specifically.
  • How does it work?
    There is a lot of evidence supporting the multitude of different ways acupuncture works. Ask your practitioner about how it will influence your body depending on your conditions/symptoms. Some of the basic ways it has been proven to work are: reducing histamine levels to reduce inflammation[1], boosting nerve growth hormone to manage nervous system conditions[2], resetting your body into a rest and digest state (PSNS) to reduce stress levels, aid digestion and improve sleep[3]. Take a look at the ‘Research and Facts’ page for quick references. 1. McDonald, J.L., Cripps, A.W., Smith, P.K., Smith, C.A., Xue, C.C. and Golianu, B. (2013). The Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Acupuncture and Their Relevance to Allergic Rhinitis: a Narrative Review and Proposed Model. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, [online] 2013, p.e591796. doi:10.1155/2013/591796. ‌2. Soligo, M., Nori, S.L., Protto, V., Florenzano, F. and Manni, L. (2013). Acupuncture and Neurotrophin Modulation. International Review of Neurobiology, 111, pp.91–124. doi:10.1016/b978-0-12-411545-3.00005-5. 3. Errington‐Evans, N. (2011). Acupuncture for Anxiety. CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics, 18(4), pp.277–284. doi:10.1111/j.1755-5949.2011.00254.x.
  • Does it hurt?
    In general, acupuncture is a painless procedure and most people end up falling asleep during their treatments. It is common to feel more sensitive some times than others though and some factors include the position of the menstrual cycle, how well you slept last night and your body temperature; these can all have an impact on your response to the needles. Rarely and in worst case, if the needle placement is uncomfortable, it can either be adjusted or removed, depending on the sensation you experience. So, rule of thumb is no, but it is OK if you feel ‘something’. For reference, if you have ever given blood or had an injection, you can fit FORTY acupuncture needles INSIDE of that hypodermic needle’s opening! Honestly, they’re tiny - so good luck finding one in a haystack!
  • Is it safe?
    When performed by a trained, licensed acupuncturist then yes, it is very safe. Ensure your acupuncturist has completed a university degree in acupuncture specifically for a minimum of 3 years (3,000 hours practical experience) and belongs to a registered body. There is a small risk of bruising but the only other side effects may be increased tiredness or energy levels (depending o your treatment) and reduced blood pressure. It is common to feel slightly light headed when you first stand immediately after treatment, due to the lowered blood pressure, but this is relieved in a few moments and with a sip of water. Laura studied acupuncture at university for four years, is doing an additional three years in Chinese Herbal Medicine, has been practicing since 2017 and has successfully treated hundreds of (if not over a thousand) people.
  • I’m on medication, can I still have acupuncture?
    Absolutely! You may find that the acupuncture relieves the side effects of your medication and can support the effects of the medication. Over the counter drugs may not be needed as often as the effects of the acupuncture take strength, but prescription medication is always to be taken as advised by your GP. If you’re taking blood thinners, you can still have acupuncture treatments but you will be at a much greater risk of bruising, so this is something to be aware of. Herbal Medicine can support or have interactions with your pharmaceutical medicines, so it is very important to make your practitioner aware of your prescription drugs.
  • What if I’m afraid of needles?
    I’ve worked with plenty of people with needle-phobia. I completely understand that (unless you’re an acupuncturist) it’s not an everyday situation to have someone inserting needles into you. I am happy to answer any questions you wish to ask, or to “just get on with it” and insert them as quickly as possible. Breathing techniques can be applied and distraction techniques. But with some patience and trust built, I have every faith that you’ll be able to overcome it and relax into your treatment. There have been one or two I thought were impossible, but their results were so worth their initial fears and made it all worthwhile. Take a look at some of the testimonials to see what some of those feeling nervous beforehand thought.
  • What do I need to do to prepare for a treatment?
    Please ensure you fill out your consultation form as accurately and honestly as you can. There are questions that may seem irrelevant but please answer every question (exception: menstrual section if you have never had a menstrual cycle), as these answers will allow your practitioner to understand the way your body works and is interacting with itself and therefore, provide the best treatment plan suited to you. Stay hydrated and don’t arrive hungry. It’s common to feel slightly lightheaded after your treatment for a few moments, but this can be eased by being hydrated and not feeling hungry. Dress baggy. It’s not a fashion show so make sure you’re comfortable when you arrive. Acupuncture points are all over your body so you may be asked to expose, your back, foot, leg, elbow etc for the treatment, so baggy clothes are much easier to work with. Your consent and comfort is my priority, so no intimate areas will ever require exposing.
  • Is acupuncture covered by my insurance?
    The following healthcare insurance companies are accepted by the AAC allowing patients to claim their costs for treatments – April International – Beneden Health – 0800 414 8071 ( Mon – Fri 8:45am to 5:30 pm), BHSF – 0800 622 552 ( Mon – Fri 8:45am to 5:30 pm), CS Healthcare – 0800 917 4325 (Mon-Fri 9am to 5 pm), Equips ME – 020 3965 6410, The Exeter – 0300 123 3201, Freedom Health Care – 0800 470 1765, General & Medical Healthcare – 0800 980 4601, Healix Health Services – tel: 0208 763 3287, email at Healthsheild - HSF – 0800 917 2208, email at, Medicash – 0800 011 2222, Orchard Healthcare – Simply Health – 0370 908 3481,, Sovereign Health – 01274 841130 UK HealthCare – 01204 522775 Vitality – Westfield – 0114 250 2000, WHA Healthcare – WPA - More insurance companies are adding acupuncture to their list of benefits - this list may not be comprehensive. If you intent to use you Health Insurance to fund your acupuncture treatments, please contact them first to confirm your covered. Insurance letters are sent upon request. Payment of your treatment is required prior or during your appointment time. If the practitioner needs to arrange payment directly through your insurer, there is an additional £5.00 charge to cover the administration time.
  • Where are you based?
    Boldmere Road in Sutton Coldfield. Through the white door between Costa and the Bishop Vesey Pub. B73 5XA
  • What are your opening hours?
    Monday. 10:00 - 20:00 Tuesday. 14:00 - 20:00 (online only - herbal appointments) Wednesday 10:00 - 20:00 Thursday Closed Friday 10:00 - 18:00 All by appointment only
  • How do I book?
    Click 'Book Online' at the top of the page and it will show available appointment times. If you need any assistance, please email Once you have chosen your appointment time, you'll be sent a confirmation email with a section on 'what to expect' explaining to wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes, ensure you're hydrated, etc. You'll also receive a consultation form to complete before your appointment time. Cancellation policy: Please note that a minimum of 48 hours notice (2 days) is required for appointment changes. Appointments cancelled or rescheduled within these 48 hours are required to be paid in full.
  • Can I give blood if I have acupuncture?
    Yes! As of 2024, you're now able to give blood if you've received an acupuncture treatment from a member of the AAC (Association of Acupuncture Clinicians).
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