Acupuncture and Moxibustion

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Using ancient wisdom to treat modern ailments

This ancient system uses fine needles to stimulate the flow of Qi, the life-giving energy flowing through all living beings. The flow of Qi follows certain pathways in human body, which are often called meridians or channels. Stimulating Acupuncture points along these pathways, the practitioner encourages the healthy flow of Qi in order to restore health, preserve life essence and release blockages in the energy flow.

Using a holistic method of treatment, therapist always tries to find and treat the root cause of a problem - and by removing the root cause of the illness, it removes the symptoms with it.

Moxibustion is often used alongside Acupuncture, to enhance the treatment effect and stimulate the correct flow of Qi. Dried, processed and purified Mugwort, usually called Moxa is carefully burned over an acupuncture point, creating a pleasant heat to invigorate the flow of Qi within the area.

One session takes 1 to 1.5 hours.


£50.00 per session

£15.00 Consultation fee - one-off payment added to your first Acupuncture appointment.

Please note: From 1st March 2021 the price of Acupuncture/ Acupressure treatment will increase to £60 per session.


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Non-invasive method for the ones who dislike needles.

Acupressure is based on same principles as Acupuncture, using pressure and gentle massage to restore healthy flow of Qi. Its effects are more subtle, but can be slightly enhanced with Moxibustion.

Because the therapist is able to work only on two Acupuncture points at a time, the duration of point stimulation is shortened. In order to maintain the effects of the treatment for longer periods of time, patient may be taught simple acupressure which they can administer themselves.

One session usually takes between 60 to 90 minutes.


£ 50.00 per session

£15.00 Consultation fee - one-off payment added to your first Acupressure appointment.

Please note: From 1st March 2021 the price of Acupressure treatment will increase to £60 per session.


Fire Cupping

Using vacuum to relieve tension, open pores and encourage detox

Fire cupping is an old method of utilising vacuum under a glass cup to increase blood flow and open pores in the affected area. The suction under the cup "makes space for the muscles" - the blood and body fluids rush from an area with higher pressure (muscle spasm) to an area with lower fluid pressure (epidermis) - the influx of fresh blood into the muscle encourages correct muscle function.

Furthermore, cupping is often used in conjunction with acupuncture to open pores and encourage sweating - especially in early stages of a cold or flu. This, in turn allows the body to fight the pathogen quickly and effectively, which may help reduce sick time and improve the body's immune response.

Apart from the mentioned, cupping can be used for a range of reasons, including headaches, muscle spasms and facial detox. It is usually offered to existing patients, as a diagnosis and suitability needs to be established beforehand. 

Depending on the strength of the vacuum, harmless bruising will appear afterwards on site. 

One session usually lasts approximately 30 minutes.


£ 30.00 per session

Please note: From 1st March 2021 the price of Cupping treatment will increase to £35 per session.


Top Questions


Does Acupuncture hurt?

Acupuncture needles are nothing like needles at doctor's or in a hospital. They are so fine they look almost like a straight silver hair. In fact, some acupuncture needles are so thin you can easily tie them into a knot.

In most places on your body you won't even feel the needles. More sensitive people tend to feel a sensation similar to a small pinch, when the needles are inserted.

What should I do before my first session?

On the day of your appointment, avoid drinking excessive amount of caffeine, especially several hours before your treatment. Please refrain from smoking directly before and after your session

Wear loose, comfortable clothes. The therapist may need to access points on your forearms or lower legs during the treatment - please ensure that the clothing you are wearing doesn't cut off circulation when rolled up.

Try to arrive at least 5 minutes before your session. If your therapist does not come to get you immediately, take a seat in the reception area and relax.

If you are uncertain about what happens during a treatment, please speak to your therapist or message her with your questions now.

How will I feel after my appointment?

Most people feel quite relaxed after receiving Acupuncture. 

It is advised to take things slowly after your appointment, even if you feel a surge of energy.

If the treatment you had was particularly strong, you may feel drowsy - if that is the case, make sure you take some time before driving or operating any machinery.

There is a number of things that can interfere with the effects of acupuncture treatment: smoking, alcohol and recreational drugs, large amounts of sugar in diet and drinks, and caffeine and heavy meals soon after the treatment. These have a varying effect on the body and can decrease the effectiveness of the treatment.

When will I feel a difference to my condition?

This differs from person to person: depending on the stage and severity of your condition and on your overall health, you may experience changes immediately or after a number of sessions.

For example, more sensitive people may feel a difference within days after the first session. However, if you have had a chronic condition for several years, you may not feel the effect of the treatment until you have had at least 5 to 10 sessions. 

Your acupuncturist will advise you what the best treatment plan for you would be.

Remember: Acupuncture is a holistic medicine, and it may take the therapist some time to uncover the true root of the problem. The more complex your health problems are, the more sessions may be needed for you to start feeling good in your body again.

Do I need to tell my doctor when I'm having Acupuncture?

If you are currently receiving a treatment from your doctor, it is advisable to mention that you intend to have acupuncture.

If you are taking any medication or supplements, it might be useful to write down the names and what you are taking them for, before you see your acupuncturist, as medication can affect your response to the treatment.

Is acupuncture safe?

Acupuncture has very few side-effects, and if done by a trained professional, it is safe for children and teenagers, pregnant women, people undergoing medicated treatment, as well as the terminally ill.

One contraindication is for people with a blood clotting disorder or medication that affect blood clotting. If you have such a disorder or are taking this medication, you may need to consult your doctor beforehand or have acupressure instead.