Acupuncture FAQs

Kate will feel your pulse during your consultation.

Kate will feel your pulse during your consultation.

Your First Consultation

During your first visit Kate will gain a thorough understanding of your main complaint and general health.

This involves asking questions about current symptoms and medical history.  You might feel that some questions appear unrelated to your condition but it all helps to form a complete picture of your health and lifestyle.

Kate will take your pulse on both wrists, examine your tongue and feel for areas of muscular tension or pain.

Most people drift into a deep relaxation during treatment.

Most people drift into a deep relaxation during treatment.

The Treatment

Kate will make a diagnosis and treatment plan then use very fine single-use needles to stimulate acupuncture points on your body.

Because energy meridians range across the whole body, the points used are not necessarily close to where you experience pain or discomfort. For example, if you suffer from headaches needles might be inserted in your foot or hand.

Does Acupuncture Hurt?

Many people are put off having acupuncture because they think it will hurt.  Kate uses high quality needles which are incredibly fine – about the size of a few hairs on your head.  It is a unique feeling described as a dull ache which triggers feelings of calm and tranquility.
Most people find it very relaxing and drift off to sleep during treatment.


Most people feel very calm after treatment. You may feel a little tired so should ideally give yourself time to rest. It is also advisable not to drink alcohol after treatment.

Cupping for neck & shoulder tension

Cupping for neck & shoulder tension


As well as needling acupuncture points, other techniques may be used such as:

  • Moxibustion: Heat is applied to an acupuncture point or meridian to warm muscles and qi.  It is also used to turn breeched babies.
  • Cupping:  To stimulate blood flow and clear tension. Cupping is incredibly relaxing and great for stressed-out, aching necks and shoulders.
  • Ear Acupuncture: Stimulation of ear points regulates the central nervous system.