Traditional acupuncture

Traditional Acupuncture is based on ancient principles which go back nearly two thousand years. It is a gentle and effective treatment that focuses on the whole person, aiming to improve your entire health, wellbeing and restore the body’s equilibrium.

Traditional Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine needles 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.

In certain instances, traditional acupuncture can be an effective therapy to help restore balance and promote physical and emotional harmony.

What are the benefits of traditional acupuncture?

A growing body of evidence-based clinical research is discovering how the body responds to acupuncture and its benefits for a wide range of common health conditions.

Many people have acupuncture to relieve specific aches and pains, such as osteoarthritis of the knee, TMJ, headaches and low back pain, or for common health problems like an over-active bladder. Others choose acupuncture when they can feel their bodily functions are out of balance, but there is no obvious diagnosis. Many have regular treatments for health maintenance, especially during the change of seasons.

Acupuncture can help conditions such as…
hayfever, endometriosis, fertility, insomnia, and osteoarthritis.

Introductory video by Tess Lugos, our traditional acupuncturist

Cosmetic facial acupuncture

Cosmetic Facial Acupuncture is a totally natural and holistic anti-ageing treatment that aims to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. It does this by stimulating the skin’s self-repairing and healing mechanisms. Cosmetic Acupuncture uses traditional Chinese medicine theory and techniques to enhance wellbeing and promote a reduction in the signs of ageing.

Extremely fine needles are used on specific points on the face, forehead, ears and neck to create micro-punctures in the skin surface. As a consequence, the repair process stimulates numerous growth and healing factors that increase blood flow, encourage cellular waste disposal, and stimulate the deposition of new collagen under the surface of the skin.

What are the benefits of cosmetic facial acupuncture?

  • Softens the appearance of wrinkles and lines.
  • Reduces the appearance of bags and scars.
  • Hydrates and nourishes the skin.
  • Improves skin elasticity and skin tone.
  • Safe and natural alternative to Botox.

Cosmetic Acupuncture stimulates several crucial healing mechanisms: increased oxygen flow, improved circulation to nourish the skin & accelerate removal of cellular waste, and production of new collagen and elastin. Increasing the levels of new collagen and elastin within the skin dramatically improves skin tone, elasticity and gives the skin an more youthful appearance. This treatment also works on lifting the face, particularly where the face begins to sag around the ‘jowls’ and the cheek area.

Cosmetic Acupuncture requires a course of treatment to show pronounced results. However, a person’s health and wellbeing can be greatly improved – patients often report that they sleep better and generally feel more balanced. Over a course of treatment you can not only expect to be looking more radiant, but also to feel healthier in yourself.

Traditional Acupuncture Prices

The Traditional Acupuncturist is available every Thursday and appointments can be booked on 020 7327 5341 (online booking not available).

Initial consultation

1 hour (with treatment)
£70

Follow-on treatment

45 minutes
£60

Cosmetic Facial Acupuncture Prices

The Cosmetic Acupuncturist is available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and can be booked online or on 020 7327 5341.

Initial consultation

1 hour (with treatment)
£100

Follow-on treatment

30 mins (needle work only)
£60

Follow-on treatment

60 mins (needle work and face mask)
£100

Q&A

Does acupuncture hurt?

Acupuncture needles are so fine that most people don’t feel them being inserted, although it is normal to feel a mild tingle or dull ache as the practitioner adjusts the needle. While the needles are in place, most people feel deeply relaxed – a feeling which can continue after the treatment is complete.

What happens during an acupuncture session?

The first consultation and treatment takes one hour and consists of an in-depth case history. It also includes a brief physical examination and taking of your pulse.

Subsequent treatments last from between 30 minutes to 1 hour. Your acupuncturist will re-evaluate your progress after each treatment. It is recommended that you keep a symptom diary so you can share your symptoms with your practitioner during each visit.

How many sessions will I need?

Your acupuncturist will estimate the number of treatments needed during the initial consultation. You may start to feel benefits after your first or second treatment, although long-standing and chronic conditions usually need more time to improve.

It is recommended that you have three treatments to see how your body responds to acupuncture, and 5-8 treatments are recommended to achieve longer-lasting benefits. Monthly maintenance sessions are recommended for optimal and lasting effects.

What is the facial acupuncture 'mask'?

The facial ‘mask’ is introduced during longer follow-on treatments after the needles have been used. It infused with collagen and other products which are absorbed through the skin, via the small pin-pricks created during the needling stage of treatment. The mask would be worn for about 30-45 minutes.

How should I prepare for facial acupuncture?

If you wear make-up, then you should remove this before you arrive. Cleanser will be available for you to use if you wish to do this in the Wellbeing Centre bathroom. Please ensure you do this prior to the start of your treatment in order to maximise your treatment time!

How long do the effects of cosmetic acupuncture last?

The number and frequency of treatments will affect the results, and everyone will respond differently to cosmetic acupuncture.

These facial treatments are not a quick-fix to wrinkles or facial scaring and will require a course of treatment to see lasting results, however, after a course of treatment sessions the effects can last from a few weeks to a couple of months. For best results, follow-on maintenance sessions are recommended.

Are there are any side effects or risks to having acupuncture?

The main risk of facial acupuncture is that it can cause slight bruising, however this is rare and care is taken to avoid capillaries on the face. This is less of an issue for traditional acupuncture performed on other areas of the body.

Sometimes people can feel dizzy or tired after a treatment, but this passes quickly if it does occur at all.

Can I have facial acupuncture if I have Botox?

Yes, but it is best to leave having facial acupuncture until two weeks after your most recent Botox injections. Let the acupuncturist know that you have been having Botox.

The Wellbeing Centre acupuncturists