Five Element Acupuncture and Natural Therapies

Frequently asked questions

Who has acupuncture?

Many people come to acupuncture for help with specific symptoms. Some use acupuncture because they feel generally unwell but have no obvious diagnosis. Others choose acupuncture simply to enhance their feeling of wellbeing. Acupuncture is considered suitable for all ages, and can be used effectively alongside most conventional medicines. If you are on blood-thinning medication, please contact me before booking an appointment.

What can it do for me?

Because traditional acupuncture aims to treat the whole person rather than specific symptoms in isolation, it can be effective for a wide range of conditions.

This approach also means that each patient’s treatment plan will be different. However, you can always ask Louise about other patients’ experiences to give you an idea of what to expect. Many people return to acupuncture again and again because they find it so beneficial and relaxing.

You can find information on current scientific research into the effectiveness of acupuncture by visiting

What happens when I come for treatment?

The initial consultation and treatment usually lasts about 2 hours.

This gives you the opportunity to discuss fully the nature of your problems, and symptoms, in a completely confidential setting, and helps me to build a complete holistic picture of you upon which to base treatment tailored to your individual needs.

During this consultation I will also carry out some simple physical tests before I begin treatment.

Subsequent treatments usually last about 1 hour.

How often will I need to come?

Healing is very much about the individual, so it is impossible to say before treatment how long it will take with any one patient. You may see results after only one treatment but a minimum of 6 to 8 treatments are recommended for you to start to see the real benefits of acupuncture.
Treatment is generally weekly for the first few weeks, then less often as you see and feel more of an improvement in yourself.
In addition to the treatment itself, I will discuss with you any underlying issues that may be contributing to your problems, along with any changes you could make to help support your recuperation.
But I don't like needles!

The needles that we use for acupuncture are very fine, and they are specifically designed to push the skin cells apart rather than pierce through them.

Any sensation you may feel during insertion of the needle will be due to the connection of the needle with your qi (energy), and this will vary depending on the part of the body that is being treated. The sensation can be different for each person but is quite acceptable and lasts only a second or two.

Is it Safe?

Yes! The British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) lays down strict codes of practice, ethics, safety, hygiene, confidentiality and professional conduct. As a member of the BAcC, I am bound by these codes and I am committed to providing the highest standards of care. Please click here to see more on the BAcC website.
Can I claim Private Health Insurance?

Many Private Health Insurance companies provide cover for their customers where the Acupuncturist is a member of the BAcC. Check with your insurer for further details.