That depends upon your insurer. As the demand for complementary medicine increases more private health insurance companies are beginning to offer cover for traditional acupuncture. You should check your individual policy details.

This will depend on what treatment I have devised for you! Acupuncture points are situated all over the body. It is therefore advisable to wear loose comfortable clothing. I will always cover you with a blanket and only expose the areas of the body that I need access to.

On your first appointment I will need access to your front torso and to your back. Subsequent appointments I may require you to remove an item of clothing temporarily while I needle a specific point.

I am a qualified Five Element Acupuncturist.

If you need to cancel your appointment please contact me at least 24 hours in advance of your appointment to avoid being charged for your missed appointment.

The initial appointment can take up to one and half hours, it includes a thorough medical and personal history. This includes a full history of a patient’s complaint(s) and/or conditions and how it impacts on you as an individual. I will take your pulse which as an acupuncturist I will use to access how you are from an acupuncturist perspective.

I will then devise a unique individual treatment plan for you.

Acupuncture feels nothing like having an injection or when you have blood taken. The needles I use are very fine 0.20 mm or thinner! If you do experience needle sensation it is more like a very dull ache or tingling feeling. During treatment many of my clients experience a pleasant feeling or deep relaxation.

If you are currently receiving treatment from your doctor it is sensible to mention that you plan to have acupuncture. However this is up to you.

You should always continue taking any prescribed medications unless advised otherwise by your GP or consultant. You should consult with your medical practitioner before reducing any medication.

I will need to know the name of any medication or supplements you are taking. This is because some types of medication can affect your response to your acupuncture treatment.

I may suggest ways in which you can enhance the long-term effects of your treatments. This may involve making changes to your diet and daily routine. If necessary you may be referred to other healthcare practitioners for specialist care.

It is advisable not to have treatment on an empty stomach or straight after a heavy meal.

I also strongly advise clients not to drink alcohol on the day of treatment. Alcohol can have an adverse affect on treatment.

I only insert the needles superficially. Acupuncture needles are very fine; they are smaller than those used for injections and blood tests. It is not uncommon not to feel the insertion of a needle!

On a personal note I am not keen on needles either! Ironic considering I am an acupuncturist but this makes me acutely aware of needle sensitivity. I am always happy to talk through treatment with you and to show you the needles I use before treatment.

My fees are £45 for each appointment

I initially recommend a course of treatment of 4 weekly appointments. Most people see a level of improvement within this time although deep-seated problems may take longer. Treatments are then lengthened as the body adapts to better health.

Traditional Five Element Acupuncture regards each person as an individual with a unique constitution and this is what makes the treatment so effective.

Each appointment takes approximately an hour. Your initial appointment/consultation may take longer so please take this into consideration when booking.

I am a member of the British Acupuncture Council who have stringent requirements about the qualifications and training their members need. They also have a code of ethics and practice that all members have to adhere to.

The needles are as fine as a human, making insertion generally pain free. On occasion a patient may experience a dull ache or sensation; these are momentary. Ruth is always mindful of the patients experience and is very gentle with her needle insertion.

No, faith is not involved. Acupuncture works for animals and they have no beliefs one way or the other!

The simple answer to this is No! Five Element Acupuncture views the body, mind and spirit as whole; it makes no distinction between them as each can impact on how you feel as an individual. Simply put any imbalance or condition will influence on how you function. Physical conditions can lead to symptoms such as depression, anxiety, anger, sadness or frustration. Whereas stress or emotional distress can lead to insomnia, fatigue, headaches, aches and pains.

Five Element Acupuncture goal is to restore the balance and well-being of an individual body, mind and spirit.

Most people find acupuncture relaxing and often feel very calm after a treatment. You may feel a little tired or sleepy and should take this into account if you are planning to drive or use heavy machinery straight after your treatment.

You should refrain from vigorous exercise after treatment and, ideally, give yourself a little time to rest. It is also advisable not to drink alcohol for several hours after treatment.

Acupuncture has very few side effects and any that do occur are usually mild and self-correcting. Cupping and guasha can sometimes temporarily mark the skin. Such bruising is painless and generally clears within a day or two.

Yes. The needles are single use surgical steel sterile disposable needles. The needles come in pre-sterilized sealed packets and are disposed off after use.

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