Initial consultation will involve taking your medical history and lifestyle notes before embarking on a treatment plan. All treatments are 1 hour long and I will formulate your treatment according to your individual needs. Chinese therapies are holistically based so I may use additional Chinese therapies to enhance your treatment.
Moxibustion, or Moxa as it is commonly known, is an additional therapy that is part of the holistic treatment. Moxa is the herb Artemisia Vulgaris, commonly known as Mugwort or Ai Ye in Chinese. Once lit, it then smolders at a very low temperature imparting a deep warmth. It is used to depart a deep penetrating warmth. Moxa is very useful is to turn a baby that is breech presentation, optimally around 36-38 weeks. It is only used occasionally to enhance acupuncture treatment where necessary.
With Acupuncture, patients claim to feel relaxed and renewed after each session. I’m trained in holistic therapy techniques, so I tailor your session to work on your specific goals and needs. All equipment is single use, NHS grade and sterile. People assume it may be painful but actually it is deeply relaxing! I love showing my patients how just a few treatments can make an enormous difference to their health.
Cupping is used in many cultures throughout the world. Using a flame to create a suction the cups are then placed on the affected area. They are a strange sensation but not at all painful, despite the circular bruise type marks they can leave. They help to draw toxins out of the body and release the fascia around the muscles. These are often used at the end of an acupuncture treatment and patients often ask for it if they have back pain.
If you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment please allow 24 hours notice. I operate a 24 hour cancellation policy whereby any appointment cancelled within 24 hour of the appointment time full payment is required. This is in fairness to other patients requiring treatment.
Can Acupuncture Help You?
Acupuncture can help with many conditions, both straightforward or complex. The beauty of acupuncture is that sometimes it can help with conditions that conventional medicine struggles with. The following is a list of common conditions people seek acupuncture for. Just click on any condition for a factsheet, courtesy of the British Acupuncture Council
Here to Help
Here you will find answers to commonly asked questions. If you don't see your question here click the button below to contact me, I am always happy to help!
Essential information about your first appointment?
Appointments are between £50 and £60 depending on location and are 1 hour long. I accept card (incl. Amex) or cash.
Please familiarise yourself with the data protection notice prior to attending.
If you have a medication list please bring it to your appointment.
You may be required to undress to your underwear (depending on your condition) but your modesty will be protected at all times.
You may continue to go about your normal day before and after your treatment.
Do you treat patients with severe or chronic health problems?
Sometimes treatment is more about managing symptoms than curing the disease. Here the aim may be to improve the quality of life of a patient. It is usually safe to use acupuncture for patients with severe health problems.
People with chronic health problems sometimes find they benefit from having treatment only when their symptoms become too much for them. Other find that having regular but more spaced out treatments work best.
It is really difficult to generalise on individual health concerns so it is best to get in contact to discuss your health matters.
Help, I'm scared of needles!
It's very common to have a fear of needles so please don't feel embarrassed. I treat many patients who don't like needles and they usually return! I am very gentle and always put the patient first. I find it is best to go at a pace that suits the patient so they always remain in control of how the treatment goes. By providing as much or as little information as the patient feels they need, most people find the they overcome their worries.
Are there any side affects?
Acupuncture is very safe and has very few side affects. Any side affects that do arise are occasional and minor.
The main ones to be aware of is occasional bruising which can occur around the site of the needle.
Another is the slight risk of bleeding which again is minor and no more than a pinprick
Light headedness can occur for a short time after treatment. This usually only happens if you have not had acupuncture before or it has been a long time since your last treatment.
Sometimes patients may have other symptoms that they may feel are related to their treatment but usually this is not the case. If you have any concerns it is best to contact me to discuss your case.
How can I be sure of your credentials?
I am a full member of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) and am fully insured. The BAcC are the main accrediting body for acupuncture in the UK. They ensure that I:
Have the correct training
Am bound by their codes of safe practice.
Engage in Continued Practitioner Development to keep my skills up to date.
As a member of the BAcC I am on the The Professional Standards Agency accredited register. This means NHS professionals can refer to me.
Please feel free to check. I can be found by conducting a practitioner search on the BAcC website
Can I use my health insurance?
The quick answer is sometimes! As there are so many different insurers and even more different types of insurance it is difficult to say whether you will be covered. You will need to check with your policy holder. Some fully cover the cost, while others pay a proportion of the cost or pay for a fixed amount of treatments. Either way I can provide invoices, receipts and any other documentation your insurer requests. You need to pay for your treatment then recoup the money back from your insurer.
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As of 25th May 2018 data protection laws have changed. In order to comply Sarah Usmani Acupuncture has produced a privacy statement. This provides information on why we collect your personal data and what we do with it The full privacy statement can be found by using the button below