How does Acupuncture work?

With over 2000 years of history, traditional explanations of acupuncture involve its effect on improving the flow of Qi (‘vital air/energy’) in meridians and on balancing Yin and Yang, a paradigm of health and disease that maps very closely to the Western concept of homeostasis.

Based on classical descriptions overlain with modern understanding, acupuncture stimulates the body to produce its own natural chemicals involved in pain relief and the reduction of inflammation as well as releasing neurotransmitters that create a feeling of relaxation and well-being.

In essence, acupuncture seems to “grease the wheels” of the dynamics of body/mind self-regulating functions.

Conditions people seek acupuncture for

Patients seek acupuncture treatment for variety of conditions and disorders, such as:


Arthritic pain 

Back  and neck pain

Colds and flu

Digestive complaints



Frozen shoulder

Gynaecological problems, including PMT and painful periods (dysmenorrhoea)



Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)




Menopausal symptoms



Tennis elbow

Urinary tract infections/incontinence

… and others

Whatever problem you face, it is worth considering acupuncture. Lenka is always happy to discuss acupuncture and you are invited to contact her with any questions or concerns you may have, prior to making any decisions regarding treatment.

For further information please visit British Acupuncture Council Website 

 And for latest research, please explore Evidence Based Acupuncture Website  

Is Acupuncture Safe?

There are very few side effects from acupuncture when practiced by a fully qualified practitioner of traditional acupuncture. Any minor side effects that do occur, such as dizziness or bruising around needle points, are mild and self-correcting. Risk of a serious adverse reaction to acupuncture is less than 1 in 10,000. This is far less than many orthodox medical treatments. Further evidence concludes “In summary, acupuncture is amongst the safest interventions in modern medicine with the frequency of occurrence of serious adverse events at 11 per 4,441,103 procedures.” (evidencebasedacupuncture.org/safety)

For patients’ peace in mind, Lenka is member of the British Acupuncture Council, meeting the requirements for practice and training set out by the World Health Organisation. As BAcC member, Lenka have studied acupuncture to degree level, training with over 3,600 hours of study, accredited by the government’s Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

What does Acupuncture feel like?

Acupuncture needles are very fine allowing very smooth insertion. You may feel nothing, a slighly fizzy sesation, dull ache or a heaviness.  Almost every patient comments on how relaxing the treatment is. Lenka uses sterile, single use needles which are thrown away in a clinical waste container immediately after use.

For those who may be anxious about needles acupressure or exceptionally fine needles can be used. 

What happens when I decide to go for a treatment?

Firstly, Lenka will take your medical history, in a simple form of a conversation about you. It generally centres on why you are seeking treatment, what your current health is like, how your health has been throughout your life and other areas such as diet, sleep, relationships and work. 

As part of your diagnosis Lenka will also assess your pulse on both hands and observe your tongue. We will then discuss the treatment plan and start the treatment. please allow up to 2 hours for your initial appointment. 

Each time you visit, we will revisit the treatment progression and continue  the personalised treatment. 

How many appointments will I need?

The number of appointments is dependent on few factors such as how chronic/acute is the condition and how do you respond to the treatment. Often an initial course of four to eight treatments is recommended, which can be weekly or more staggered in acute conditions. For more chronic conditions, less frequent treatment may be suggested thereafter to maintain the benefits of the treatment. Please keep in mind this is just a very rough guide and an individualized treatment plan will be discussed during your initial consultation.