Is it open to everyone?
Yes – as long as the main complaint is pain. It doesn’t matter whether your pain is muscular or joint related, in your head or legs – as long as pain is your chief complaint you can receive acupuncture.

Will the treatment I get be as good quality as if I had a one to one session?
Yes – Once the needles are in, you just need to relax for 20-30 mins. This gives your acupuncturist time to attend to other patients. By focusing simply on pain, the Community Acupuncture Clinic is able to reduce lengthy consultations times.

Do I have to undress in public?
No – there are screens between each bed. Most parts of the body are accessible without removing clothes if you dress appropriately. For example, wearing vest tops instead of t-shirts allows us to treat the shoulder without removal of clothes. You will never be asked to remove your undergarments.

Is it cheaper with a GP / consultant referral?
Yes - The aim of the clinic is to provide acupuncture to those who would struggle to pay the full price each week.  Your GP will have a fuller understanding of your condition and whether seeking alternatives to pain management is appropriate.

Can I continue with my existing treatment?
Yes. Acupuncture is safe to use alongside conventional medication. The exceptions are blood thinning drugs and anti-coagulants (not aspirin).  You can still receive acupuncture but it is important you bring exact details of your medication to the session. You can also have acupuncture alongside physiotherapy, osteopathy and any other forms of body work.

Is my acupuncturist properly trained?
Yes. Kate McDougall is registered with the British Acupuncture Council after completing her degree in Acupuncture. She is registered with the local council and complies with all health and safety regulations.

What do I need to bring to my first session?
It is best to wear loose fitting and comfortable clothing. Please bring details of all prescribed and over the counter medication you have taken in the last 6 months.

The Community Acupuncture Clinic

We are not currently accepting new patients

The Pain Clinic is currently full and new patients will be put on a waiting list. Patients with a GP referral letter will have priority.

Thursday afternoons at
The Complementary Health Care Clinic
34 Exchange Street, Norwich, NR2 1AX
Appointments and queries please ring reception on 01603 665173

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