Your first treatment

Initial assessment and acupuncture treatment for new patients

The first time you visit us I’ll spend some quality time getting to know you, your health issues and your goals. Your initial assessment and first treatment generally takes around 1.5 hours. I understand that you may never have had acupuncture before and you may have questions or concerns about it. I want you to feel relaxed and comfortable when you visit me for your treatment, so I’ve put together the following information to help give you an idea of what happens before, during, and after your treatment.

You can also find more general information on our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page. I hope these answer all of your questions, but do feel free to contact me if there’s anything more you’d like to know before you decide to visit.

Patient and acupuncturist talking before acupuncture treatment

Before Your Appointment

Prior to your appointment you’ll receive:

A confirmation email of your booking and a reminder the day before

Information on a few simple things to do before your appointment, like what to wear and whether to eat a meal

Directions to the clinic

Any relevant COVID related information


When you arrive at the clinic we’ll guide you through the following:

A brief introduction to acupuncture and answer any questions you may have

Discuss the areas of your health you’d like to improve

Explore other factors including your lifestyle, diet, and exercise

Body examination including limbs, abdomen, tongue, and taking your pulse

Time for you to ask questions or share concerns you have

Treatment Plan

Your treatment plan:

Together, we will agree on the focus of your first treatment, the locations of needles, and whether any complimentary treatments are recommended in this session (for instance Moxibustion, Cupping, or Tuina)

We’ll discuss your longer-term health plan and agree your progress review date

Acupuncture Treatment

You’ll be made comfortable and we can start your acupuncture treatment:

Clothing will be moved out of the way in areas where the needles will be inserted. In some cases clothing may need to be removed to access the acupunture points, in which case we will leave the room whilst you change in order to preserve your modesty

Ultra fine needles will be inserted in the acupuncture points and sometimes gently manipulated if required

Needles are removed after approximately 20 minutes and disposed of hygienically

Moxibustion, Cupping, or Tuina may be added to the treatment if necessary

Wind Down

Once your treatment is over:

It’s likely you may feel relaxed at this point, so you’ll have time to rearrange or put back any clothing that was removed during treatment

We can discuss any further questions you may have and ensure you know how to get the best from today’s treatment. We may also make suggestions on things you can do between treatments to improve your health

If required, any further appointments can be scheduled at this time or booked at a later date

Follow-up Treatments will begin with a review of progress and then continue with your agreed treatment plan. For information see Follow-up Treatments.

Free consultation

Find out how acupuncture could help you now. Book a free 20 minute telephone consultation quickly and easily online, or call 01737 420221

Book a treatment

You can book a treatment quickly and easily online, or call 01737 420221.