Acupuncture Fees

Per Session

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In a clinic
Initial Assessment (includes first treatment) 90 minutes £70
Regular Appointment 45 minutes £45

The assessment session for massage is 45 minutes, and is charged at the same rate as a regular appointment.

Payment is made at the time of treatment.
If 48 hours notice is given for cancellation there is no charge for missed appointments.

Is acupuncture available on the NHS?

NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) recommends Acupuncture for the treatment of migraines, headaches and back pain on the NHS. Some GP practices offer integrated healthcare that includes acupuncture, but this is not yet commonplace.

Private health insurers

I am registered with the British Acupuncture Council. Please always check direct with your health insurance provider.
The majority of health insurers are now happy to fund acupuncture treatment. The fact that NICE (the National Institute for Clinical Excellence) has now included acupuncture as a treatment of choice for chronic low back pain has also meant that some policies which were more restricted in cover have now accepted acupuncture treatment as an option.
The British Acupuncture Council is still mid-negotiation with BUPA and AXA/PPP, the two major insurers who have until now not accepted BAcC members as traditional acupuncture providers, but restricted their cover to acupuncture provided by members of the British Medical Acupuncture Society or statutorily regulated healthcare professionals. Their criteria for acceptance even of these are quite strict, and many doctors do not meet them. However, BUPA are on the verge of accepting BAcC members as eligible providers, and the BAcC is hoping that where they lead, AXA/PPP will follow.
The majority of insurance providers are more than happy to cover acupuncture treatment to a certain limit. Where there has been any reluctance patients have been known to win ad hominem concessions with the threat of taking their business elsewhere, but I always counsel caution to patients considering this as an option, because if the company calls their bluff and they have to find a new insurer, many policy providers will not take on pre-existing conditions. If someone has a long history of claims for a chronic problem, the last thing they want to do is undermine their cover by going elsewhere.