Acupuncture is one of the longest established forms of healthcare in the world. Acupuncturists are trained to use subtle diagnostic techniques that have been developed and refined for thousands of years.

The focus is on you as an individual, not your illness, and all symptoms are seen in relation to each other. Treatment involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body to affect the flow of your body’s qi, or vital energy.

The British Acupuncture Council ( has a wide range of research fact sheets detailing how traditional acupuncture can help with the following conditions:

Acne, Allergic rhinitis, Anxiety, Arrhythmias and Heart Failure, Asthma, Back pain, Bell’s palsy, Cancer care, Carpal tunnel syndrome, Childbirth, Chronic fatigue syndrome, Chronic pain, Colds and flu, COPD, Coronary heart disease, Cystitis, Dementia, Dentistry, Depression, Dysmenorrhoea, Eczema and Psoriasis, Endometriosis, Facial pain, Female fertility, Fibromyalgia, Frozen shoulder, Gastrointestinal tract disorders, Gout, Headache, Herpes, HIV infection, Hypertension, Infertility ART, Insomnia, Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Kidney stones, Male infertility, Menopausal symptoms, Migraines, Multiple sclerosis, Nausea and vomiting, Neck pain, Neuropathic pain, Obesity, Obstetrics, Osteoarthritis, Palliative care, Parkinson’s disease, PCOS, Post-operative pain, Post-traumatic stress disorder, Premenstrual syndrome, Puerperium, Raynaud’s, Rheumatoid arthritis, Sciatica, Sinusitis, Sports Injuries, Stress, Stroke, Substance misuse, Tennis elbow, Thyroid disease, Tinnitus, Type-2 Diabetes, Urinary incontinence, Vertigo.

Some people choose acupuncture when they feel their bodily functions are out of balance, but they have no obvious diagnosis, and many have regular treatments because they find it so beneficial and relaxing.

Initial consultation – 90 minutes.
Follow up treatments – 45 to 60 minutes.

This depends on the condition and the patient, and treatment plans will be discussed at the initial consultation.

Acute problems can normally be dealt with quicker than chronic conditions.

Patients should feel a difference after the first few treatments.

First consultation and Treatment £50, Follow up Treatments £40 or a 5 session package £180

Many private health insurers offer some form of cover for acupuncture treatment.

Acupuncture needles are so fine that most people don’t feel them being inserted. It is normal to feel a mild tingle or dull ache as the acupuncturist adjusts the needle to direct Qi. While the needles are in place most people feel deeply relaxed.
Two research studies conducted in 2011 and 2012 concluded that when practiced by properly trained and qualified traditional acupuncturists, such as members of the BAcC, the risk of adverse effects from acupuncture is extremely low.
Nicola Rycroft works from Rowan House on a Tuesday afternoon for more information and to contact Nicola directly please follow the link to her profile or visit our practitioners page.

Nicola also runs a blog on her website with useful seasonal health advice from a Chinese Medicine viewpoint.

Alex Qiao is a Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncturist who offers appointments from Rowan House, for more information and  to contact Alex directly please follow the link to his profile or visit our therapy team page.

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Nicola Rycroft

Alex Qiao