Acupuncture works to help maintain your body’s equilibrium.  It involves the insertion of very fine needles (the thickness of a hair) into specific points on the body to regulate the flow of ‘qi’, your body’s vital energy.

For a number of lifestyle and environmental reasons, qi can become disturbed, depleted or blocked, which can result in some symptoms of pain and illness.

Treatment is aimed at the root of your condition as well as your main symptoms.  This approach helps to resolve your problem and enhancing your feeling of wellbeing.

What can acupuncture help?  Does it work?

The British Acupuncture Council has produced a fabulous page on their website with information about what acupuncture can treat.  They’ve also given details about the research that has been carried out into each condition.  The list is far too long to replicate so click here to find out whether acupuncture has a track record with your own problem.

Cosmetic Acupuncture

An imbalance in the body can be seen as signs on the face like fine lines, acne, pigmentation, bags under the eyes, dark circles and much more. Cosmetic acupuncture can help with:

Fine Lines
Lip Enhancements
Skin Improvement
Skin Elasticity
Dark Circles

Bags Under Eyes

Cosmetic acupuncture utilises specialised needles which are ultra thin, the aim is to encourage blood flow, energy and build up collagen naturally to achieve the aesthetic look that you are wanting to achieve. The treatment will still continue to utilise acu-points on the body as they influence the face.
For more information about the acupuncturists in the clinic here are their personal websites:

Sharon Hansford:
Kulwinder Onica:

Kulwinder Onica Says:

Acupuncture is a natural way of healing. It works by removing blockages, encouraging your energy to flow and bring the body back into harmony. It can be used for all health conditions as long as they are not emergencies. Cosmetic acupuncture and facial rejuvenation tones the skin, improves elasticity and builds collagen naturally.


  • Gynaecology & Fertility
  • Babies & Children
  • Pregnancy
  • Five Element & Magnet Therapy
  • Auricular Acupuncture
  • Cosmetic Acupuncture & Facial Revitalisation

Acupuncture and moxa can help many problems.


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Frequently asked questions

Who has acupuncture?

Many people have acupuncture for help with specific symptoms or to relieve specific pains like osteoarthritis of the knee.

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 including babies and children.  It can be used effectively alongside conventional medicine.

Andy says:  If you’re a bit nervous about coming why not book a Free Consultation first?  Come and meet us – we won’t put any pressure on you to have treatment.

What can acupuncture do for me?

Some people turn to acupuncture for help with a specific symptom or condition.  Others choose to have treatment to help maintain good health, as a preventive measure, or simply to improve their general sense of wellbeing.  Because traditional acupuncture aims to treat the whole person rather than specific symptoms in isolation, it can be effective for a range of conditions.

Remember that acupuncturists treat the person, not just the condition which they have, so each patient’s treatment plan will be different.  However, you can always ask your practitioner 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.

In 2009 the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence recommended that acupuncture should be made available on the NHS, as a cost-effective short-term treatment for the management of early, persistent non-specific lower back pain.

Claire says:  You can get more information on current scientific research into the effectiveness of acupuncture by visiting

What happens in my first appointment?

In acupuncture, diagnosis is made through detailed consultation, observation of the tongue and pulses, and sometimes through gentle abdominal examination. On your first visit, a full case history will be taken, covering your medical background and any previous treatment you may have had.

It won’t surprise you to know that you may be asked to undress to expose areas for needles.

Remember, you can ask Sharon questions at any time – it’s really important to us that you are happy with the treatment.

If you’re worried about undressing for treatment remember that Sharon also does auricular (ear) acupuncture, Korean Hand Therapy and acupressure.  Come and have a free 20 minute chat with her to find out more.

After the first treatment is complete 90% of treatment is carried out either below the knees or the elbows, although occasionally Sharon inserts needles into the torso. Unless you are having facial acupuncture only rarely are needles inserted into the head.

What does acupuncture feel like?

This is probably the most commonly asked question and the hardest to answer! Acupuncture needles are extremely fine (about the thickness of two hairs!) and not usually painful. The most common description of being needled is a dull ache or a tingling sensation.

Most of our patients say they really enjoy being treated.

Ruth says:  Most of the time acupuncture isn’t painful.  Surprising, isn’t it!

And if it starts to feel uncomfortable you can tell Sharon – she’ll listen and might even use acupressure points instead.

Are acupuncturists registered?

All acupuncturists need to be registered with the British Acupuncture Council.

All our practitioners are registered with their appropriate governing bodies.

Sharon also lectures and supervises students at The Acupuncture Academy in Lemington Spa.

What should I wear?

During the initial consultation you will need to undress down to your underwear but a blanket is provided and only the areas needed are exposed. You are always left in privacy whilst undressing.

During subsequent treatments only the area Sharon is working on will need exposing.

Remember, you can always bring pair of shorts and T-shirt with you to change into.

Sharon says:  I’ll need to be able to put needles into specific areas, but I’ll keep you covered up, don’t worry.

Can I claim on my insurance?

If you’re not sure whether you can claim on your insurance please do call the company in advance and find out.

The most important thing is that you need to check whether you need a GP referral before coming to us.  Most insurance companies don’t require a GP referral, but some do.

Once you’ve got the Ok from your insurance company we ask that you pay us after each appointment and then claim the money back from your insurance company yourself.

Can I bring somebody with me?

Of course you can!   We are very happy for you to have somebody in the treatment room with you.

We are quite used to families coming together or parents bringing kids with them.  In fact Sharon, some of the osteopaths and Gill, the Rythmic Movement Therapist, all work with very young children and babies, so we even have a toy box in most rooms.

Incidentally, if we are treating children under the age of 16 we insist that a parent or guardian accompany them.  We also ask that if you’re bringing any children under the age of 16 that they join you in the treatment room and are not left to sit in the waiting room unaccompanied by an adult.

How many treatments will I need?

This does vary depending on the condition but Sharon’s goal is to carry out as few treatments as possible.

At the start of each session Sharon reviews your progress and together you decide on your next appointment.

Sharon says: Let us find the cause of your pain – it’s so important to get that right.

Can I stop my prescribed medication?

Not without discussing it with your GP.

Should my doctor know that I am receiving treatment?

We encourage all patients to tell their GP about any treatment they are having, but it is up to you.

I am pregnant can I have treatment?

Yes, you can.

Acupuncture is often used during pregnancy and Sharon has undertaken extra training with midwife and acupuncturist Debra Betts on treating through pregnancy.

Very important – you should tell Sharon if you are pregnant or trying for a baby as this will affect your treatment plan.

Will the acupuncture needles hurt?

The needles used are very fine and insertion is usually pain free. Sometimes a sensation is felt after the needle is inserted, but this quickly passes. It can be a dull ache, slight sting or pulling sensation.

How will I feel after treatment?

How you feel after treatment depends on a lot of things.  Some people feel calm and relaxed, others may feel tired or light headed, but this is usually short-lived.

Sometimes symptoms are worse for a period afterwards but this is temporary and will pass with subsequent treatments.

What is Facial Cosmetic Acupuncture?

Initially patients ask for cosmetic acupuncture as they like to look their best. Characteristically, after about seven treatments they start to feel better on the inside and note that there is something far more profound in treatment than wanting to improve their appearance. They very often say that that they feel relaxed and revitalized after a treatment.

A course of between 10-12 weekly treatments is recommended followed by regular monthly top ups to prolong any effect for five to ten years.
It does not aim to replace surgery as it cannot reshape bone but it is a natural alternative to enhance wellbeing.

Needles are inserted below the knees and elbows, as well as targeted areas on the face and neck. They are left in for around 15-20 minutes. This is then followed by a Tui-Na facial massage.

If you are interested in a course of treatment then please consult Sharon and she can advise you of a treatment plan according to your areas of concern.


What is Korean Hand Therapy?

All acupuncture points on the body can be found on the hand so Korean Hand Therapy is a micro system of acupuncture.

Korean Hand Acupuncture is ideal for patients who may have a needle phobia as acupressure or moxa (stimulating the points with heat) can be used instead of or along side very small needles.

Another advantage is that if you have reduced mobility you do not need to actually get on a couch or undress. So it is suitable for all age groups including children.


What is Auricular Acupuncture?

Auricular therapy is used for both diagnosis and treatment as it is a very powerful micro system of acupuncture. It can be combined with body acupuncture and Korean Hand Therapy to get optimum results.

Very short needles can be inserted using a special tool that can make it pain free or acupressure is used with ear seeds, magnets or balls for gentle stimulation.


There has been research done into the use of ear acupuncture specifically around drug abuse, obesity, insomnia and acute pain syndromes. In fact some prison officers are trained in basic detox treatments to assist inmates with drug related issues.


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