Frequently-Asked Questions

What can acupuncture treat?

There are over 1000 recommendations for treatment of more than 100 conditions, enshrined in clinical practice guidelines across 30 countries. You are welcome to call me about your specific complaint, or you can read my Conditions Treated page.

How many sessions will I need?

Weekly sessions are usually offered to begin with. I might suggest five or six depending on your condition, after which we will review progress & decide what to do next.

How much does it cost?

Sessions cost £45 for 45 minutes.

How do I book an appointment?

You can call me on 01392 424276 between 8.00am and 6.00pm Mondays to Fridays.

How do I find the clinic?

Duryard Valley Clinic, 5 High Croft, Exeter EX4 4JQ. You will find me on the edge of Exeter University main campus, between Birks Grange and Duryard Halls. You can see detailed directions here.

Should I tell my GP I’m having acupuncture?

I always encourage patients to tell their GP, and GPs in turn are usually keen to hear of other treatments which their patients have found helpful.

How does coronavirus affect having acupuncture?

For the duration of the restrictions on movement, I am not open for face-to-face consultations. If you are a new patient or have seen me in the past, I am happy to give you a telephone consultation. For new patients, you are welcome to call about any condition you would like to discuss. I can take your full case history, and although without meeting you, I cannot dispense interim advice, we will at least have covered a lot of ground for when you are able to visit my clinic. This way, I can spend more time treating you at the first appointment, and less time asking you questions.

When movement restrictions ease, remember acupuncture clinics are not classed as ‘social’ settings and are a one-to-one therapeutic encounter. Importantly, acupuncture contributes significantly to the physical health and emotional wellbeing of my patients. That’s particularly relevant for the next few months, where the stress and anxiety induced in people can undermine the effectiveness of their immune systems. Treatment is in fact deemed essential by many, and if you fall into this category, then my opinion is that you are making an essential journey for medical reasons.

Special consideration though must be given to the practitioner’s health, the patient’s current health and hand washing practices.

I am happy that I have the necessary hygiene and cleaning procedures in place. I will be washing my hands thirty times a day at the requisite stages, the way I always had to before the virus arrived. Surfaces & door handles are regularly wiped down, and you will lie on a clean, single-use paper couch cover. Needles are all single-use and pre-sterilised, as before.

If you’ve any remaining concerns, you are welcome to call me. Equally, give me a call to cancel if you or a member of your household might be displaying symptoms and you’re having to self-isolate.