Does acupuncture hurt?​

No! Acupuncture needles are single use, sterile and are as fine as a single human hair! Many patients do not even notice when they are in. In fact, many patients fall asleep during their treatment.

Is acupuncture covered by my insurers?

Many private health providers now cover acupuncture treatment, check with your insurer for your policy details.

Is my acupuncturist suitably qualified?

Yes. Charlotte studied for three and a half years to gain a Batchelor of Science Degree in traditional acupuncture from Kingston University, and attended the prestigious College of Integrated Chinese Medicine in Reading, Berkshire, where she was awared her acupuncture licentiate. There she studied under world renowned acupuncturists such as John and Angela Hicks and gained experience in both Traditional and 5 element acupuncture. She has attended many short courses since, and gained further experience in auricular and cosmetic acupuncture, a well as in the treatment of infertility, gynaecology, fibromyalgia and stroke, to name a few. Charlotte has been in practice for 8 years and is dedicate to her continued professional development.

Is acupuncture safe?

​Acupuncture is one of the safest medical treatments, both conventional and complementary, on offer in the UK.

There are very few side effects from acupuncture when practised by a fully qualified practitioner of traditional acupuncture. Any minor side effects that do occur, such as dizziness or bruising around needle points, are mild and self-correcting.

When you receive treatment from a BAcC registered acupuncturist you can be confident that your wellbeing and safety is at the heart of everything your practitioner does. The following assurances are BAcC standard:

BAcC members have completed a first-degree-level training or equivalent in traditional acupuncture including substantial elements of western anatomy, physiology and pathology.

We only use pre-sterilised single-use needles which are safely disposed of after your treatment.

The Science of Acupuncture

From a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) perspective, energy is the foundation of human health and is involved with every function of every organ and cell within our body. It is what makes us 'us'. This means that if our energy is not flowing smoothly, then organs, systems and emotions will fail to function properly.

TCM theory works on the principle that there are twelve pathways that travel throughout the body. Qi (pronounced chi) the body's vital energy flows along these pathways, however this flow can become disrupted, depleted or blocked. This happens most commonly due to injury, infection, poor nutrition, physical or emotional stress, or genetic predisposition, and can lead to the manifestation of physical pain and illness.

For thousands of years Chinese medical practitioners have known that the correct and smooth flow of energy around the body is fundamental to ensure that our organs and emotions are well balanced, and functioning at their optimum level.

But how does acupuncture help from a TCM perspective? By inserting needles into specific points along these pathways, a traditional acupuncturist seeks to restore balance and trigger the body's own natural healing response, and in doing so re-establish this free flow of Qi. This provides the body with the ability to function at it's optimum level.

Treatment is aimed at re-balancing the movement of energy within the body, and in doing so, patients should not only expect to see an improvement in their main complaint, but also in their general health and well-being. 

​Acupuncture is a branch of traditional medicine and is one of the longest established forms of healthcare in the world. It is based on ancient Chinese medicine principles that have been developed, tested, researched and refined for over 2,500 years, to give a detailed understanding of the body's energetic balance.

Acupuncture is now accepted and widely used all over the world as a valid system of healthcare. In the UK an increasing number of people are finding this long established and refined therapy can offer an effective solution to all manner of today's ills.

Acupuncture is increasingly gaining recognition as clinical trials are proving it's efficacy. The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) now recognises that acupuncture can safely help with tension-type headaches and migraine-type headaches.

Without the help of modern scientific equipment, the first acupuncturists discovered many now familiar aspects of biomedical science, such as the impact of emotional stress on the body.

From a Chinese medicine perspective acupuncture is said to regulate the flow of qi around the body through pathways called meridians. In recent years medical scientists have discovered myofascial pathways that follow the meridians recorded by the early acupuncturists, and the concept of qi itself may overlap with developing knowledge of how cells in the body communicate.

What Is Acupuncture?

2.3 million acupuncture treatments are carried out each year by British Acupuncture Council members making it one of the most popular complementary therapies practiced in the UK. 

Acupuncture is considered to be beneficial for a wide range of conditions. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines on best practice recommend that GP's offer a course of 10 sessions of acupuncture as a first line treatment for persistent migraines and tension-type headaches. The respected Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) recommends acupuncture for chronic pain, including low back pain and knee pain.

Many people have acupuncture to help with specific symptoms or to help relieve specific conditions such as insomnia, osteoarthritis of the knee, chronic sinusitis, or nausea during pregnancy. Some use acupuncture because they feel generally unwell, but have no obvious diagnosis. Others choose acupuncture simply to enhance their general feeling of well-being.

Because an acupuncture treatment is designed to affect your whole body, not just your symptoms, you may notice other niggling problems resolve during a course of treatment.

​Commonly we see a wide range of conditions, including but not limited to; pain management, sports injuries, women’s health, nausea, digestive health and stress management.

Acupuncture is suitable for all ages, including babies and children. It can be used effectively alongside conventional medicine.

I can highly recommend Charlotte. She treated me for anxiety, low mood and fatigue. I can honestly say that the treatment itself was relaxing and the difference I felt following the treatment was incredible. Colleagues were even asking  where I was getting my energy from!

Charlotte was professional, attentive and easy to talk to and I look forward to future treatments with her".


Acupuncturists insert ultra fine, sterile, single use needles into muscle and connective tissue at specific points on the body. The insertion of these needles creates a harmless micro trauma within the muscle and connective tissue which induces the body's own natural healing response, increasing blood flow, oxygen and nutrients to the area, releases muscular constrictions and triggers the release of pain killing endorphins.

​Essentially, acupuncture can help direct this healing response in a more efficient way. 

Evidence of acupuncture’s effectiveness is growing as researchers evaluate the best ways to measure how the body responds to it. To date the focus has been on pain management. Around the world, clinical studies are being conducted to understand how acupuncture can be beneficial for many more conditions.

​I can highly recommend Charlotte. She treated me for anxiety, low mood and fatigue. I can honestly say that the treatment itself was relaxing and the difference I felt following the treatment was incredible. Colleagues were even asking  where I was getting my energy from!

Charlotte was professional, attentive and easy to talk to and I look forward to future treatments with her".

​Shelley Du Feu

Can Acupuncture Help Me?

I had an amazing hour massage by Charlotte, it was exactly what I needed. She was very thorough and listened carefully to my needs to then focus on my pressure points and the areas that needed the most attention. The leg section of the massage (which I have never had before) was especially enjoyable as a keen gymer.


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Having had back problems all my life and tried probably 100s of masseurs and therapies , I can honestly say Charlotte has magic hands , I literally have never felt better after a session.


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