Acupuncture at the Fairbourne Clinic

The principle aim of Acupuncture in treating the whole person is to recover the equilibrium between our physical, emotional and spiritual aspects. Practised in the Far East for thousands of years, Acupuncture focuses on stimulating the body's own energy through channels (called meridians). This stimulates a healing response and restores balance. It can be used to treat virtually any condition, acute or chronic


Acupuncture practitioner (Acupuncturist): Erica Mae Yonge


Frequently asked Questions

What is Acupuncture? Acupuncture has been practiced in China and other eastern countries for thousands for years. Although often described as a means of pain relief, it is also used to treat people with a wide range of illnesses. Its focus is on improving the overall well being, rather than the isolated treatment of specific symptoms.


What does Acupuncture feel like? Acupuncture needles bear no resemblance to needles used for taking blood. They are much finer and are solid rather than hollow. When the acupuncture needles are inserted, the sensation is often described as a tingling or dull ache.

Needles are inserted for a second or two or left in for up to 20 minutes, depending on the effect required. During treatment, patients usually experience a pleasant feeling of relaxation.
The benefits of Acupuncture frequently include more than just the relief from a particular condition. Many people find that it can also lead to increased energy levels, improved sleep, as well as an enhanced sense of stronger coping mechanisms.


Who has Acupuncture?  Acupuncture is a safe treatment for a variety of symptoms, as well as relief from stress and anxiety. It is also effective in pregnancy management.  Some people may have Acupuncture as a preventative measure to strengthen their constitution, or because they feel unwell in themselves without being "ill" in the Western sense. It can also be used alongside conventional medicine in the treatment of both acute and chronic disease. As with any therapy, the response to Acupuncture can vary from one person to another.


What will happen on my first Acupuncture visit?  The Acupuncturist needs to assess your general state of health, in order to identify the underlying pattern of disharmony and give you the most effective treatment.
You will be asked about your current symptoms and what treatment you have received so far, your medical history, and that of your close family, your diet, digestive system, sleeping patterns, and emotional state. To discover how the energies are flowing in your body, the Acupuncturist will feel your pulses on both wrists, noting their quality, rhythm and strength. The structure, colour and coating of your tongue also gives a good guide to your physical health.


Once enough information has been gathered to determine the likely cause of your problems, the Acupuncturist can select the most appropriate treatment. The aim is to discover which energy channels need adjusting for your specific complaint to improve, and which require treatment to boost your overall energy and vitality.


How often will I need Acupuncture treatment? In traditional Acupuncture philosophy, each person is considered unique, and therefore the number of treatments required depends on the individual. Some change is usually felt after 6 treatments.  Your Acupuncturist will discuss with you further treatments, based on your needs.


Is Acupuncture safe? All members of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) observe a code of practice. These procedures have been approved by the Department of Health and provide protection against the transmission of infectious diseases.