About Acupuncture

Acupuncture originated in China and other eastern cultures where it is still in mainstream healthcare, both as a stand alone therapy and in combination with conventional Western Medicine. Acupuncture is now widely used all over the world and enjoys increased acceptance in the UK as an effective therapy and a compliment to Western treatments and interventions.

The acupuncture practised at Acupuncture Care Clinic is based on Chinese Medicine principles that have been developed, researched and refined for over 2000 years. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been used effectively for recent, chronic or recurring conditions.

TCM takes into account the whole person when addressing health issues. The signs and symptoms you have indicate the ways in which your personal system may be out of balance. Traditional acupuncture acts to stimulate the body's own healing response to restore balance and health by focussing on all aspects of wellbeing; physical, mental and emotional. Treatment is aimed at the root of the condition as well as the main symptoms.

At Acupuncture Care Clinic the practitioner will explain to you how Chinese Medicine views your health condition and provide dietary and lifestyle advice in addition to your TCM treatment.

Your appointment - What to expect

First appointment: 1.5 – 2 hours

Follow up appointments: 30 minutes – 1 hour

The first appointment will typically take longer as a full consultation is taken. Yet the initial treatment may be smaller in order to assess how your body responds to treatment. Follow up appointments will take less time; an update will be taken and a full treatment carried out.


You will be asked about your current symptoms and health condition and a brief medical history will be taken. It is helpful to bring along a list of your medications if you are taking any. As TCM addresses the whole person, further questions will be asked about other aspects of your life such as sleep, digestion and emotions. Observations may be carried out to aid the diagnosis which may include taking your pulses on both wrists and a quick view of your tongue. If you are seeking treatment for a physical complaint or muscular injury a brief physical examination may be performed.

The practitioner will then discuss with you the next steps and suggest a course of treatment. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and to decide whether you want to proceed with treatment.


For treatment you may be asked to lie on the couch or sit in a chair. Depending on the areas of the body to be treated, you may need to undress (keeping underwear on). Removal of clothing is usually minimal. You will be left to undress in private and given towels to cover your body. You are welcome to have someone accompany you into the treatment .

Depending on the patient and condition being treated the needles may be left in for 20 - 30 minutes whilst you relax. The needles are then removed and the treatment is concluded.

What it feels like

The treatment itself involves inserting very fine needles in various parts of the body. These needles are sterile and single use only which are disposed of immediately after use. As they are very fine needles insertion is often painless. When needles are inserted, the patient may feel a tingling sensation or a dull ache. Most patients find the treatment a relaxing and pleasant experience. Treatment may also include massage, acupressure, seeds or magnets, cupping and warming the needles (moxibustion).

How many treatments and how often

The amount and frequency of sessions required will vary depending on the patient and the condition they are seeking treatment for. Acupuncturists like to see some change by treatment three to five and sometimes significant improvements are made by the first or second visit. Others may require more long-term care or may return for periodic maintenance treatments. As your acupuncturist I will discuss with you your individual needs.

Acupuncture is safe

Acupuncture is safe and suitable for all ages and for a wide range of conditions. As a BAcC member strict health and safety rules and codes of conduct are complied with as well as local by-laws governing treatment.

The needles used are always sterile, single use and disposed of immediately after treatment. We follow strict clinical waste guidelines enforced by the BAcC and Environmental Health. As BAcC acupuncturists we are trained to a high standard and comply with continued professional development and first aid training.

Two Independent surveys published in The British Medical Journal in 2001 (MacPherson Et al. And White Et al. September 2001) concluded that the risk of serious adverse reactions to acupuncture is less than 1 in 10,000.

Side effects

As acupuncture is a gentle treatment adverse effects are rare. Sometimes responses to treatment can include tiredness or mild dizziness. On a rare occasion minor bruising may occur. These reactions are short lived if they are experienced.

Who can have treatment

Acupuncture is a gentle treatment that can be used by most and at any age. If there are contraindications the practitioner will discuss these with you and if acupuncture is not suitable, other treatments will be offered or referral to another service.

Many seek acupuncture treatment for help with specific symptoms or pains. Whilst others may seek treatment because they feel generally unwell but have no obvious diagnosis. Some choose acupuncture to enhance their feeling of wellbeing and maintain good health balance.

If you are a blood donor

Please note that the National Blood Service does not accept blood donations from people who have received acupuncture in the last four months (unless treatment has been given within the NHS). Please visit National Blood Service website for more details.

If you have any queries about acupuncture or other treatments offered and if they can help you, please call or email.


Acupuncture Care Clinic mission statement: “Working with our patients we aim to listen and support, inform and treat each patient based on Traditional Chinese Medicine approaches. Together we aim for improved outcomes by achieving balance and enabling patients to take an active role in their own health and healing.”


Halifax Clinic:

178 Boothtown Road




Sowerby Bridge clinic:

90 Wharf Street
Sowerby Bridge