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About Acupuncture at our Bristol Clinic

Acupuncture is a branch of traditional Chinese medicine that seeks to restore wellbeing by inserting very fine needles at specific points in your body. These points are believed to have a variety of effects such as improving organ functions, nourishing blood, smoothing the flow of qi, and calming the mind. In Chinese medicine we understand your health problems to arise from causes and conditions specific to you as an individual. Acupuncture treatment at our Bristol clinic is tailored to your needs, and seeks to address your fundamental well-being as well as any symptoms that might be present.

During treatment at our Bristol clinic very fine needles are inserted into the acupuncture points associated with your condition. You may feel a dull ache or tingling sensation where these needles are inserted, but many patients also report feeling sensations in other parts of their bodies or moving down their limbs. In some cases, the needles are removed as soon as this is felt, but some needles may also be retained for up to twenty minutes. If called for, you may also receive some supplementary treatments.

So lay back, relax and allow the needles to do their work...

Kirsten HarrisKirsten Harris
20:48 19 Jun 22
Andrew at True Fortune was fantastic. I'd never had acupuncture before, and went as it had been recommended to me to do alongside IVF. Andrew held the space with sensitivity and expertise - always taking the time to explain what he was doing and why. I really appreciated his calm, kind approach, tailored to my particular situation. And I'm now 37 weeks pregnant 🙂 I'd strongly recommend him to anyone considering acupuncture, and particularly for fertility/IVF issues
Ruth WilesRuth Wiles
11:42 11 May 22
I went to Andrew for Acupressure for my sciatica. I hadn't had it before but it was really effective A proper treatment. In the past I have tried multiple Chiropractors and Thai Massage but this will be my first port of call if it flairs up again. Thank you very much!
18:45 25 Apr 22
Andrew is a professional, attentive and caring acupuncturist.The premises are nice and relaxing and Andrew listens to your problems.My health issues at present are a little complex, but my consultations with Andrew, his knowledge of the body and his treatment protocol including bodywork, nutrition advice and breathing exercises have been extremely beneficial to me and have resulted in both temporary and more permanent improvement of my symptoms.I will continue to use Andrew and his practice regularly as a viable treatment.
Donna GrantDonna Grant
07:20 09 Apr 22
Andrew was recommended to me through a friend, and I began seeing him last year. Acupuncture is a treatment I’ve found works well for me and since moving to Bristol I was on the look out for a good therapist. I have found the treatment Andrew provides is very effective for keeping me well and fine tuned! I have dermatitis on my hands and usually becomes inflamed during the winter months. Although not totally removed, I noticed significant reduced symptoms and my hand is are much more comfortable. Since having the treatment I also felt I have more energy even though I have a young child and a business these can be demanding and tiring. Andrew is a patient listener, who takes time to understand me and I get the impression he is very thorough. He approach is kind, gentle and he his knowledge of acupuncture is extensive. He is clearly passionate about what he does to help peoples mental and physical well-being. Highly recommend.
Catriona MundleCatriona Mundle
11:37 26 Aug 21
Strong, gentle and effective: Andy Wormald's rare and special combination of tuina and acupuncture succeeded in releasing my frozen shoulder (and improving my mood) , after osteopathy, massage and (extremely painful) physiotherapy had all failed. Highly recommended.
Stuart SimStuart Sim
15:36 25 Aug 21
As both a sceptic of alternative medicine and not particularly keen on needles, acupuncture should be at the bottom of my list of treatments to try. Luckily I decided to come for some sessions with Andy and that perspective has totally changed! I've had long-term lower back issues due to an injury at work and have tried many different treatments. I booked in for three sessions with Andy and was blown away at the difference I felt after them. He was really thorough in his initial assessment, and we agreed on a varied course of massage and needles, as well as some more hollistic advice to take home. His calming demeanour kept me calm throughout and I actually sort of enjoyed the sessions, to my surprise.I have previously been in near-constant lower back pain and this has now reduced to just when I've done more strenuous activities. I'll definitely be doing more sessions in the future to see if this can improve further!
Emma SnaggeEmma Snagge
17:11 26 Jan 20
Andrew is a wonderful teacher. l enjoyed learning the TaiChi 13 and experienced real moments of stillness and silence in the standing and sitting meditations. Looking forward to part 2!
Barbara ConwayBarbara Conway
08:26 23 Jan 20
Andrew's Workshop was an excellent day. I enjoyed it all and would like to say that it is like a moving meditation, very graceful and peaceful, allowing you to bring harmony into your personal self. The day was well attended and it was also good to meet like-minded people. Highly recommended. Barbara
John SkeffingtonJohn Skeffington
23:33 22 Jan 20
I attended a Qigong & Tai Chi Thirteen (part 1) workshop that Andrew ran. The workshop was very well organised. Andrew created a very relaxed and comfortable learning environment. It was clear from his explanations that he has a great depth of knowledge about what he is teaching. Andrew explained the movements clearly and ensured that everyone, in a mixed ability group, was able to enjoy the experience and improve their practice.
r fr f
17:33 26 Nov 19
Andrew is an amazing teacher with a lot of experience to share. I feel much more energetic and focused after his classes. I highly recommend him!
Ehsan SaloutEhsan Salout
10:13 28 Aug 19
Andrew is a great teacher. I've been practicing Tai Chi with Andrew over 5 month and I can't recommend him more. Her is very knowledgeable and he goes into details of each movement very precisely. I've been practicing marshal arts for many years and along the way had practiced a few different style of Qigong/ Tai Chi. But I feel so connected to the style that Andrew teaches. it has changed my life for good.
Lady Being Questioned

The Initial Consultation

In order to tailor treatment to your needs, I will need to perform a thorough investigation of your situation. During your first acupuncture appointment at our Bristol clinic, I will ask you about your current condition, read your pulse and check your tongue, and may also palpate various muscles, channels and acupuncture points in order to make a full treatment plan. Subsequent visits will only require a brief enquiry to find out what has changed.

Client receiving Direct Moxa Treatment

Supplementary Treatments

Please click below to read more about the supplementary acupuncture treatment methods that might be used at our Bristol clinic.

Tuina massage is a branch of Chinese Medicine in its own right, but can also be used to complement the effects of acupuncture treatment. I may place needles in the required points then apply tuina massage in another area, or I may start with tuina massage and follow with acupuncture needles that build on this treatment.

For clients who are very susceptible to cold or who feel particularly tired, I may apply small cones of prepared moxa herb to some of the acupuncture points or to needles inserted into those points. This herb is lit and left to smoulder so that it can transmit its heat directly into your body. This can be a very warming form of treatment, and many patients find it quite invigorating.

For stiffness and pain, I may apply small glass suction cups to specific channels and acupuncture points in order to stimulate the flow of blood and qi. A small flame is used to create a vacuum within the cups that are then quickly applied to your skin so that they stick in place.

Scraping (Guasha) refers to the use of a small rounded ‘guasha’ tool that is drawn painlessly across your skin. It is a great way to release tension from a specific area, is useful for moving stagnant qi and blood, and is commonly used in the treatment of musculoskeletal problems. When scraping is used, it is common to feel heaviness or tension drain away from the treated area.

Electro-acupuncture makes use of a small electric current to stimulate the channels and points in your body. This can be very useful for treating blood and qi stagnation resulting from physical injuries. You will feel a mild tingling passing through your skin between needles that are attached to an electro stimulation device.

Client Receiving Cupping
Acupuncture Client Receiving Moxa on Needles

Exercise & Diet

Lifestyle advice is another important aspect of treatment at out Bristol clinic, so it is likely that I will suggest ‘homework’ that may help with your situation. More often than not, this will take the form of some dietary advice regarding foods that may be beneficial or detrimental to your goals. If appropriate I may also suggest simple qigong exercises that I think will help with your recovery.

Acupuncture Information

The NHS website discusses conditions that NICE recommends considering acupuncture for, as well as other conditions that acupuncture is often used to treat. ​

The British Acupuncture Council website gives an overview of acupuncture practice in the UK, and lists all member practitioners.​

The Evidence Based Acupuncture website gives an excellent overview of research into acupuncture, as well as addressing research into specific conditions.​

Client with Acupuncture Needles in Neck
Acupuncture Client with Needles in Shoulder

Frequently Asked Questions

Acupuncture is considered a safe treatment which, at times, can cause minor side effects, like tiredness, dizziness or local bruising. The risk of a serious adverse reaction is extremely rare. All acupuncture needles are individually packaged, sterile, and disposed of after each use.

Although acupuncture does not hurt there is generally some sensation associated with it. As the needle is inserted the tiniest of pin-pricks is sometimes felt on the skin surface. This is nothing like the feeling you might associate with having an injection as the needles are much finer (0.22mm) and solid rather than hollow.

With acute conditions, I would want to see improvement after 2 or 3 sessions, and for chronic problems I would want to see improvement after 5 or 6 sessions. I will review your treatment plan at each session, and discuss options if we are not seeing the changes we would like.

Some clients choose to attend clinic regularly for help with ongoing chronic problems as well as for help with the everyday stresses and strains of life.

Many people in Western countries expect to come for acupuncture once a week, and this works well for the most part. There are, however, some cases where more frequent sessions may lead to better results and I will discuss this with you if I think it is the case. Generally, once an issue is under control, sessions can become more spaced out. I also recommend quarterly visits to ensure that you are staying well.

Please try to eat a light meal about two hours prior to treatment, as it is best to avoid feeling too full or too hungry when on the couch. Please also avoid consuming caffeine and alcohol for at least two hours before your session, as these can interfere with your treatment. Please wear loose-fitting comfortable clothes as many commonly used acupuncture points are located on the lower arms and legs and this will make treatment more convenient. Finally, please avoid brushing your tongue, wearing strong perfume, and wear only minimal makeup, as this will allow for more accurate diagnosis.

If you are receiving acupuncture for the first time then you may feel a little light headed or tired directly after treatment. This is a normal reaction and is not something to be concerned about. Acupuncture can also cause the body to become a little dehydrated so it’s good idea to drink some water after treatment. Very occasionally a bruise can appear where a needle has been inserted, but this will be very minor and will clear after a few days.

Need a little help?

The simplest way to get in touch is to call me on 07379 281275 or send a WhatsApp message. I am often in clinic, but please leave a message and I will get back to you as soon as possible. Alternatively, you can use the form below to request a call back at a time to suit you.