Five Element Acupuncture

Louise Webster Lic.Ac. MBAcC

Who can come for acupuncture?
Almost anyone can come for acupuncture to help with specific symptoms. Some use acupuncture because they feel generally unwell but have no obvious diagnosis. Others choose it simply to enhance their feeling of wellbeing.

Acupuncture is considered suitable for all ages, and can be used effectively alongside most conventional medicines. However, if you are on blood-thinning medication, please contact me before booking an appointment.
What can Five Element Acupuncture do for me?
Five Element Acupuncture comes from an ancient classical Chinese tradition, where the acupuncturist assists nature in supporting the whole person, rather than isolated symptoms. It can have a beneficial effect on a wide range of issues and complaints of both body and mind.

It is important to note that Five Element Acupuncture was not designed to treat conditions in isolation, because treating symptoms without addressing the original cause of the symptoms is ignoring the real issues. Instead, it addresses the root cause, and can therefore help the whole body and mind, in a subtle but powerful way, experience changes for the better.

If you are interested to see some testimonials from my patients about how Five Element Acupuncture has helped them, please look here.
Five Element Acupuncture was originially designed as preventive medicine.
The old adage:

'An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure'

also applies to acupuncture, and many people come for treatment every 3 to 6 weeks to rebalance their energies. One of my patients told me that coming for acupuncture was like pushing the reset button to get her life back on track.

We are all unique individuals, so your treatment plan will be tailored to you and you alone. However, you can always ask me 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 www.acupuncture.org.uk

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 comprehensive 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 begins 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 usually a minimum of 6 to 8 treatments are recommended for you to start to see the real benefits of five element acupuncture.

Treatment is generally weekly for the first few weeks, then less often as you see and feel more of an improvement in yourself.
What will happen moving forward?
The beginning of each subsequent session will start with a quick catch up regarding any progress you have made and any issues you may be struggling with regarding your main complaint(s). I will also check in with you about any other factors such as diet, lifestyle, or on-going issues at home or work to assess whether these are resolving or maybe contributing to your problems. I will support you in considering manageable and realistic changes that you can make to help you move towards your goals, and to help support a return to better physical and mental health and well-being.
Does it hurt?
The needles that are used for acupuncture are very fine. 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.

If it is the needles that are putting you off booking an appointment, take a look at my testimonials to see how the benefits vastly outweigh any momentary sensation. I am used to seeing people who are scared of needles and adapt my approach to find the best way to put you at ease. Once you have experienced your first session, you will probably wonder why you put it off for so long!
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 committed to providing the highest standards of care.
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.