Acupuncture Practitioners:

Sue Bishop
BAc. BNurs. SRN. MBAcC

Jane Ford
Lic Ac, MBAcC

Anneli Engberg
Lic Ac, MBAcC


Medical Herbalist:

Sarah Walters
BSc, Dip Phyt, MNIMH


Welcome to
The Devizes Acupuncture Practice

Acupuncture or Acupressure

Members of the

The Devizes Acupuncture Practice
9a Monday Market Street
SN10 1DN

Tel: 01380 730042

Opening times:

Monday - Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm

Later appointments and home visits are available by arrangement.

The Devizes Acupuncture Practice premises

The Devizes Acupuncture Practice was set up in 1998 by Sue Bishop and Jane Ford, who had already been practising seperately for a number of years and decided to bring their skills together. The practice grew and they were joined by Acupuncturist Anneli Engberg and more recently by Medical Herbalist Sarah Walters.

Sarah Walters, Jane Ford, Anneli Engburg and Sue Bishop

All three Acupuncture Practitioners are fully trained in both Traditional Chinese Medicine and Five Element Acupuncture, all have completed a minimum of 3 years of professional training and are members of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC).

Acupuncture Practitioners

Our Acupuncture practice is on the first floor with double hand rails up the stairway to ease access. Home visits are also available by appointment.

If you wish to discuss the appropriateness of acupuncture for you we can offer a fifteen minute consultation free of charge.

Treatment sessions last approximately 1 hour and cost from £45 - £50. The first session is usually twice as long as it includes full diagnosis and a treatment and costs £65 - £90.

Please telephone for any further information. If you get the answerphone please leave a message and we will call you back as soon as we have finished treating.

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a system of healing which has been practised in China and other Eastern countries for thousands of years. Although often described as a means of relief, it is in fact used to treat people with a wide range of illnesses. Its focus is improving the overall well being of the patient, rather than the isolated treatment of specific symptoms.

According to traditional Chinese philosophy, our health is dependent on the body's motivating energy - known as Qi - moving in a smooth and balanced way through a series of channels beneath the skin. Qi consists of equal and opposite qualities - Yin and Yang - and when these become unbalanced illness may result. By inserting fine needles into the channels of energy, an acupuncturist can stimulate the body's own healing response and help restore its natural balance. The flow of Qi can be disturbed by a number of factors. These include emotional states such as anxiety, stress, anger, fear or grief, poor nutrition, weather conditions, hereditary factors, infections, poisons and trauma.

The principal aim of acupuncture in treating the whole person is to recover the equilibrium between the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of the individual.


Who has acupuncture?

Many people come to acupuncture for help with specific symptoms or conditions. These might include:

  • anxiety states
  • arthritis
  • asthma
  • back pain
  • circulatory problems
  • depression
  • facial paralysis
  • fibrositis
  • high blood pressure
  • indeterminate aches and pains
  • infertility
  • menstrual problems
  • migraines
  • rheumatism
  • sciatica
  • skin conditions
  • ulcers
checking the pulses

Acupuncture is a safe treatment for all. It has proved to be effective in pregnancy management and for the relief of pain in childbirth. Acupuncture is also helpful for people trying to overcome addictions such as those related to smoking, alcohol, food or drugs.

Some people may have acupuncture as a preventive measure to strengthen their constitution, or because they feel unwell in themselves without being 'ill' in the Western sense. It can also be used alongside conventional medicine in the treatment of both acute and chronic disease. As with any therapy, the response to acupuncture can vary from one person to another.


What does it feel like?

Most people's experience of needles is of those used in injections and blood tests. Acupuncture needles bear little resemblance to these. They are much finer and are solid rather than hollow. When the needle is inserted, the sensation is often described as a tingling or dull ache.

needles in position

Needles are inserted either for a second or two or left in place for up to 20 minutes, depending on the effect required. During treatment patients commonly experience a heaviness in the limbs or a pleasant feeling of relaxation.

The benefits of acupuncture frequently include more than just relief from a particular condition. Many people find that it can also lead to increased energy levels, better appetite and sleep as well as an enhanced sense of overall well-being.

For those who are uncomfortable around needles acupressure can be used instead. Acupressure uses gentle but firm finger pressure on the same points and meridians as acupuncture without the use of needles.


What will happen on my first visit?

Your first consultation will be longer than subsequent sessions. An Acupuncture Diagnosis and first treatment may take up to 2 hours. The acupuncturist needs to assess your general state of health, in order to identify the underlying pattern of disharmony and give you the most effective treatment.

You will be asked about your current symptoms and what treatment you have received so far, your medical history and that of your close family, your diet, digestive system, sleeping patterns and emotional state.

needle size compared with penny

To discover how the energies are flowing in your body the acupuncturist is likely to feel your pulses on both wrists, noting their quality, rhythm and strength. The structure, colour and coating of your tongue also give a good guide to your physical health.

Once enough information has been gathered to determine the likely causes of your problems, the acupuncturist can select the most appropriate treatment. The aim is to discover which energy channels need adjusting for your specific complaint to improve, and which require treatment to boost your overall energy and vitality.

There are around 500 recognised acupuncture points on the body of which about 100 are most commonly used. Stimulation of specific areas on the skin affects the functioning of certain organs in the body. However, those areas may not be close to the part of the body where the problem is experienced. For example, although you may suffer from headaches, needles may be inserted in your foot or hand.

acupuncture with moxa

The acupuncturist may supplement the needle treatment with moxa, a smouldering herb which is used to warm acupuncture points to encourage the body’s energy to flow smoothly. Other methods of stimulating acupuncture points include using lasers or electro-acupuncture. Massage or tapping with a rounded probe are techniques particularly suitable for small children or for people with a fear of needles.


How often will I need treatment?

In traditional acupuncture philosophy each person is considered as unique, and therefore the number of treatments required depends on the individual. Some change is usually felt after five treatments. Normally you are recommended to visit your acupuncturist once or twice a week at first, although some conditions may need less frequent attention. Each treatment takes 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Sometimes the effects of the treatment are dramatic, and only one or two treatments are required. With other patients, the effects are more subtle and they may need treatment over several months.


Should my doctor know?

If you are receiving treatment from your doctor then it makes sense to tell him or her about your plans to have acupuncture. The acupuncture treatment may enable you to reduce or even stop taking some forms of medication, but your doctor should be consulted regarding any change of prescription.

You should always tell your acupuncturist about any medication you are taking as this may affect your response to the acupuncture treatment.


Is it safe?

All members of the British_Acupuncture_Council (BAcC) observe a Code of Safe Practice, amongst others, which lays down stringent standards of hygiene and requires the use of sterile disposable needles.

The Practice at Monday Market Street, Devizes
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