Shenming Clinic

Traditional Acupuncture in Berkhamsted

FAQs

What will happen at my first treatment?

The initial consultation may last between 1.5 - 2 hours.
Questions will be asked to gather information needed to make a diagnosis. Pulses on both wrists will be felt and the tongue looked at.
Fine sterile, single use needles are used following a strict level of hygiene. This procedure is painless and can induce a feeling of calm and deep relaxation.


How many treatments will I need?

Each condition and how it affects the individual will vary greatly. The more chronic the condition, the longer it may take to see a significant reduction in symptoms. A course of 6 treatments is usually recommended. However, positive changes can be experienced after the first treatment.


How much does it cost?

Initial consultation & treatment - £70

Subsequent treatments - £50

I am currently only able to accept payment by cash or cheque. Gift vouchers available on request.



Cancellations

Please note non attendance or cancellation with less than 24 hours notice given will result in the full fee being charged.



Can you have Acupuncture if you're on medication?

It is safe to treat a patient with acupuncture if they are currently taking medication. Within my training it was a requirement to study Conventional Medical Sciences which gave an overall understanding of conditions and their prescribed medication.
Research into the side effects of each medication is vital for a practitioner of Chinese Medicine, as these may mask certain symptoms and qualities on the pulse. The tongue may also change in its appearance, especially with drugs such as antibiotics.
Acupuncture is known to reduce unwanted side effects from medication, for example nausea caused by chemotherapy.
Chinese Medicine can work in unison alongside conventional treatments, by working together a patient may feel supported and able to recover at a greater speed.
This may also be of benefit when a patient starts reducing conventional medication, with the recommendation from their GP.