Frequently Asked Questions

Who can acupuncture help?

Anyone from young children to the elderly. For very young children if needles aren’t suitable we can still apply gentle pressure to the acupuncture points to help get results.

How long does it take?

The first consultation and initial treatment session is 90 minutes; each treatment thereafter is 60 minutes.

Does it hurt?

No, but you will feel a dull ache or a mild pulling sensation from the needles.

How much will it cost?

I offer a free, initial 20 minute consultation with no obligation; sessions are then £45 each.

What type of needles are used?

Acupuncture needles are very fine, unlike the hollow hypodermic needles used to give injections. Each needle is individually wrapped and sterile, and is discarded immediately after use.

Can acupuncture be used alongside other drugs?

Yes. During your initial consultation appointment I will discuss all aspects of your health so that I am aware of the ‘full picture’, including any drugs you may be taking. Acupuncture will not, however, have any adverse affect on medicinal drugs.

Can acupuncture be used alongside other therapies?

Yes, acupuncture is perfectly fine when used alongside other therapies, be they conventional or alternative. Again, I will ask during the consultation session about any other treatments you are receiving to ensure I have a full picture of your condition and its history.

How many treatments will I need, and how often?

This really depends on the individual and their condition, but ideally I will initially treat you once weekly for a 6 week period. After the sixth session we will review and, if sufficient progress has been made, treatments can be spread fortnightly then every three weeks. Eventually, the goal is to get down to a single, regular monthly treatment for maintenance.

How does it work?

Acupuncture is rooted in the ancient principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine which, in turn, is based on the theory of Yin and Yang – a harmonious balance that must be achieved for our bodies to function and feel well. Acupuncture views illness and pain as an inbalance within the body and seeks to address this by ensuring the patient’s energy – Qi – flows correctly throughout the body. To do this, fine needles are inserted into the skin at specific pressure points that correspond with the body’s twelve Qi channels, each of which corresponds to one of the twelve organs. More…

Do you have to train to be an acupuncturist?

Yes, however there are different levels of training that you should check when selecting your acupuncturist. Sometimes, doctors and other health professionals and therapists offer acupuncture alongside other treatments, but it’s always worth finding out what their qualifications are and confirming that they are fully licensed acupuncturists before accepting treatment.

I specialise specifically in acupuncture and hold a degree on the subject; having studied Traditional Chinese Medicine and Five Element disciplines before spending over six years in practice treating clients with a diverse range of conditions. I am also a member of the British Acupuncture Council; the leading self-regulatory body for the practice of traditional acupuncture in the UK, and am fully licensed and insured.

Where do treatments take place?

Jemma treats patients in a calm, peaceful environment within her established clinic in Stafford. Treatments are strictly by appointment – call Jemma on 0781 255 5331.