Frequently Asked Questions

In the hands of a professionally trained and insured practitioner, Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine is safe and entirely free of negative side-effects.

Acupuncture needles are pre-sterilised, single use needles. They are safe and painless to use, and safely discarded after the treatment.

The roots, plants and flowers used in by your practitioner are all bought from an Approved Herbal Suppliers ensuring that:

  • Only Traditional Chinese herbal plant products from clean sources are used.
  • No Western medicines are used.
  • No animal products, mineral products nor endangered plant species are used.

In prescribing herbal medicines your practitioner complies with the Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).


There is no limitation in terms of age, sex or condition regarding acupuncture treatment.

  • The very young or extremely old can be treated.
  • All types of conditions can be treated – chronic or acute, severe or mild, mental or physical.
  • Pregnant women are prime candidates for TCM and much can be done to promote both ante-natal and post-natal care of mother and baby.
  • Acupuncture TCM can also be very helpful for those having trouble conceiving or having the family they would wish.

Children can attend with their parent or guardian. Children as young as milk babies can be treated.

Acupuncture does not hurt and children very rarely mind the needles.

How many treatments you need will naturally depend upon a number of considerations:

  • The nature of the complaint itself. Some complaints are by their very nature more severe or serious than others. This will largely determine the extent and type of treatment prescribed.
  • The length of time the complaint has been there. More recent disorders are more easily and more rapidly eliminated than those which have been present for, say, a number of years or even decades. Acupuncture TCM, however, can be equally helpful in both chronic and acute conditions.
  • The frequency and especially the type of TCM treatments administered can determine the likely outcome of therapy.
  • The general state of health and well-being of the person seeking treatment must be taken into account too in determining the effectiveness and duration of treatment required.
  • What happens between the treatment sessions and how well the patient keeps to the instructions of your practitioner.

TCM stands for Traditional Chinese Medicine, which is an ancient and well established and documented medical system. Through the use of Acupuncture and other classical medical therapies such as Chinese Herbal Medicine and Medical Qigong, TCM aims to establish energetic harmony in the whole person and thereby not only treat illness but also promote active health and vitality and thereby increase resistance to disease.

It is the principle form of medical care available to a large portion of the world’s population.

One of the most attractive and distinctive features of TCM is that, from its earliest days, it has emphasised the promotion of positive health and has not restricted itself merely to the treatment of disease.

TCM in general, including Acupuncture TCM, Chinese Herbal Medicine and Medical Qigong can be combined with or used alongside other medical therapies and disciplines, such as western medicine.

Your practitioner will only employ TCM methods of treatment, and you should still continue to consult your Western Medicine doctor, as required.

Your first visit is for a diagnostic consultation and if you have made an appointment for acupuncture, your first treatment will be included.

Your practitioner will find out medically relevant information about your condition and examine your tongue and you pulse. A brief physical examination will be conducted where necessary.

If you are seeking treatment to a physical injury or ailment, please wear something that will allow the problem area to be examined easily. If you take any medication including vitamins and supplements, bring a list of these to your first appointment.

Things happen and sometimes we need to cancel appointments. Please contact the Titta by phone at 0752 320 3262 as soon as you know that you won’t make your appointment. Please note that all appointments cancelled with less than 24hrs notice must be paid in full.