About Acupuncture The Cost & Other Questions
Below you will find some of the more frequently asked questions about ‘Acupuncture Treatments’
If we haven’t answered your question then please do contact us for more information.
About Treatment Sessions & Costs
Acupuncture Session Costs:
Initial consultation: £70 (60- 90 minutes)
Follow up: £70 (45-60 minutes)
Cosmetic Acupuncture Treatments: £95 (75 minutes)
We reserve a few sessions on Monday for lower cost acupuncture, designed for people who would otherwise not be able to afford to come regularly. Sessions are priced £35 - £55
The first acupuncture session & treatment is 60 minutes
Subsequent acupuncture sessions are 45 minutes
We are happy to take payment using the following methods:
- Credit Card
There are an increasing number of health insurance policies that pay for acupuncture. Click here for more information about private health insurance for acupuncture
We are all members of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) and have completed a minimum of 3 years full-time study and 400 hours in a clinical setting.
We update and expand our knowledge with further study and continual professional development.
For more information on what to look for in an acupuncturist visit the BAcC website
We start by taking a case history. Your acupuncturist will take detailed notes about the condition you want help with, or the wellbeing factors you are concerned about. We also ask about your general health and medical history.
We tell you how we think we can help and then give you an initial acupuncture treatment.
It depends what or where your problem is, but usually only part of your body will need to be exposed, such as your arms and legs. Sometimes we will request you undress down to underwear.
Professional and appropriate draping with towels is always applied for your optimal comfort and to minimise exposure.
About Acupuncture, Acupressure & Chinese Dietary Therapy
At Islington Acupuncture we use fine needles and gentle techniques.
Acupuncture works best when you feel some sensation, but not pain.
People describe it as a slight 'tingling' like a very faint 'electric current' or a 'dull', 'heavy' sensation.
Yes, we never reuse a needle.
All our needles are disposable and are discarded after every individual use.
Western acupuncture is an adaptation of Chinese acupuncture. It uses acupuncture techniques but not the theory. Western acupuncturist's are often GPs, nurses and physiotherapists.
BAcC (the British Acupuncture Council) accredited Traditional Acupuncture training courses takes a total of 3600 hours. In comparison some basic Western acupuncture courses are much shorter, e.g. a Western acupuncture foundation course can be completed in just 32 hours.
When you choose a BAcC trained Acupuncturist you are choosing a therapist who has a deep understanding of the practice and theory of Chinese Acupuncture.
Acupressure is a form of massage that targets the 'Acupuncture Points' of the body during the massage.
Moxa is a herb which has traditionally been used alongaside acupuncture to enhance the effects of treatment. We tend to use smokeless 'Moxa Sticks' in order to minimise the smoke and smell during the clinic treatment session.
Chinese Dietary Therapy uses the principles of Chinese medicine to identify each client's 'constitutional type' and using this information to create a diet designed for their optimum health and digestion.
Dietary therapy is a continuation of herbal medicine.
Different foods are categorised according to taste, nutrient content and ease of digestion.
Dietary therapy aims to provide a simple diet to suit the metabolism and the nutritional deficiencies of each individual.
Diet sheets and recipes are given to clients in order to help to achieve a healthy change in diet.
Diet therapy is not about 'restriction', but learning to understand the effects of different foods on your body.