Britt Heard

BSc (Hons), Lic.Ac, MBAcC

Traditional Chinese and
Five Element Therapy

Phone 07780 642563

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Based in the New Forest town of Hythe in Hampshire


Frequently asked questions

What should I look for in an acupuncturist?

As well as checking that they are registered with a professional body and have appropriate insurance cover, you may find that your personal rapport with the practitioner is important. It is helpful to find a practitioner with whom you feel comfortable, who understands what you want from treatment, and who can explain clearly what they expect acupuncture treatment might do for you.

What does it feel like

When a needle is inserted, the sensation is often described as a tingling or dull ache. Needles may be inserted and immediately removed, or may be left in place for up to thirty minutes, depending on the effect required. During treatment patients commonly experience heaviness in the limbs or a pleasant feeling of relaxation.Needle Size

Acupuncture needles bear little resemblance to the needles used in injections and blood tests. They are much finer and solid, not hollow.

Is Acupuncture safe?

Yes. There have been 3 large surveys in the last six years, which have shown that acupuncture is amongst the safest therapies in use in the UK today.
I only use pre-sterilised needles and dispose of them immediately after use. As a member of the British Acupuncture Council I am trained to adhere to very strict professional guidelines set out in their Code of Conduct.

How does Acupuncture work?

Traditionally, the use of fine needles stimulates pathways of energy, which run beneath the surface of the skin. Research has shown that this has an effect on the brain thus increasing nerve fibre activity and bio-chemical responses in the body. See Guardian article.

The idea behind the treatment is that the human body is full of energy, which needs to be in balance to remain healthy. Illness and disease occur when it is not. The acupuncturist can stimulate the body’s own healing response by helping to restore its natural balance.

Should I tell my doctor?

If you are receiving treatment from your doctor then it is sensible to mention that you plan to have acupuncture. The acupuncture treatment may enable you to reduce or even stop taking some forms of medication, but you should always consult your doctor regarding any change of prescription. Your acupuncturist needs to know about any medication you are taking as this may affect your response to the acupuncture treatment.

Should I continue with my prescribed medication while undergoing a course of acupuncture?

Yes, at least until you have discussed this with your doctor or the practitioner who prescribed the medication. Many people seek the help of an acupuncturist because of dissatisfaction with drug treatment, because it does not seem to be working or because the side effects are unacceptable. DO NOT stop taking any medication without professional guidance.

Is acupuncture available on the NHS?

Some primary care trusts (PCT) and GP practices offer acupuncture treatment. You should always enquire about any acupuncture treatment on offer to ensure that the practitioner is safe, properly trained, competent and fully insured.