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Why Acupuncture?

The Hatfield Practice specialises in using exceptionally safe, gentle traditional Acupuncture techniques. Modern ideas combined with traditional values are an essential part of our  treatments. Traditional acupuncture  has  been around for thousands of years and we apply a modern twist that is both gentle and effective. It  is a safe,  and highly effective treatment that attends both the cause of the pain and any underlying disease or imbalance. 

Acupuncture works without the use of chemical drugs or invasive procedures. It can strengthen your immune system, reduce pain, release endorphins and serotonin that are the body’s natural pain killers.   Treatment also regulates hormonal cycles and works on areas ordinary medicines find hard to treat even with powerful drugs. 

Scientific research is progressing, and increasingly Acupuncture is now being integrated into mainstream medical health care. The Government’s paper, the `NICE health report in 2021, recommended Acupuncture to reduce pain and as an alternative to strong painkillers. With Acupuncture, the risks of side effects are low, and the potential drug-free benefits are high. The World Health Organisation recommends traditional Acupuncture, and millions of people worldwide use it.


Who we treat and what works well

Acupuncture  treatment is suitable for people of all ages and abilities. Each Acupuncture  treatment is dynamic and unique and designed individually for every patient.

Clinical trials have proven acupuncture helpful in treating various medical conditions and its use has been expanded into conventional mainstream medicine practices and is often used by GPs for muscle and joint pain. This type of acupuncture is called Medical Acupuncture.

Acupuncture may help to improve and rebalance organ systems such as the digestive, liver and cardiovascular systems and we use these techniques to reduce the need for painkillers.  Side effects of long term pain killer use are well documented and extremely worrying.

Additional benefits of Acupuncture are faster recovery from injuries, decreased symptoms of stress and improved circulation.  Many post-surgical patients find that acupuncture treatment is effective in increasing energy and brings a sense of vitality. It also benefits the individual by restoring a sense of “normal self” after surgery or illness. Many emotional or psychological disorders can be treated by Acupuncture, which benefits addictions, phobias, obsessive behaviour, eating disorders, and anxiety. Acupuncture can also be beneficial when used alongside conventional medical treatments for both acute and chronic disease.

Many people find Acupuncture extraordinarily relaxing and helpful for stress. Conditions that most commonly present to us are spinal (sciatica), muscle (spasms), nerve and joint pain (arthritis). Also, each year some problems return, such as hay fever.

Shingles, Bell’s palsy,  sports injuries, trauma such as falls and car accidents, hot sweats ( menopause) are just a few conditions that come to mind. In our opinion, Acupuncture tends to succeed in areas where other approaches have failed. 

Acupuncture can effectively treat allergies such as hay fever, animal allergies  sinusitis as it can also treat colds, bronchitis, and asthma. Shingles, specific facial pain and plantar fasciitis can often be helped and reduced through Acupuncture. Nerve pains and muscle and joint complaints, including paralysis following stroke or accidents, frozen shoulder, Tennis elbow, sciatica and osteoarthritis. All respond well with Acupuncture. Conjunctivitis (pink eye), short-sightedness and cataracts are a few of the eye disorders acupuncture benefits—more remarkably, phantom limb pain.

What to expect

Knowing what to expect from Acupuncture helps patients to get the most out of their treatment. Consulting an Acupuncturist for the first time can be an exciting experience. Acupuncture is very safe, and you will benefit most if you allow your mind and body to relax. Acupuncture has very few side effects, and any that do occur are usually mild and self-correcting. 

During the first acupuncture session, the acupuncturist will aim to assess your general health and well being. The Acupuncturist will take a detailed medical history. They will explore your current symptoms and ask how the symptoms started and progressed. Questions may also relate to your past treatments, patient and family medical history, diet, digestive system, sleeping patterns and emotional health. It’s usually quite in-depth. Women are asked about their female health, past pregnancies and childbirth. You might feel that some questions appear unrelated to your condition. Still, the information you give helps your Acupuncturist form a clear picture of your overall physical and emotional health and lifestyle. Each Acupuncture treatment is unique and patient-centred. Each time you attend for treatment, the Acupuncturist may ask you to describe in your own words how you feel, what your symptoms feel like and how severe they are. You may also be asked how long you have been having the symptoms, whether constant or intermittent and how frequent the symptoms are. It is beneficial to mention any medication you are taking and whether you have recently tried any other therapies. Exploring your presenting condition, lifestyle, and medical history help the practitioner to find the proper treatment approach and form a clear picture of your health.

Acupuncture Treatment 

The Acupuncturist will diagnose and formulate your treatment plan. Modern acupuncture needles are between four centimetres and twenty-five centimetres long. Acupuncture needles are ultra-fine, 25-50 times thinner than hypodermic needles, described as virtually painless. They are pre-sterilised, non-toxic and disposable (single use). The Acupuncture needles are gently inserted into the body, and most points are pretty manageable. In general, hands and feet tend to be more sensitive in some people. Although the Acupuncturist will take great care ensuring you are comfortable with the treatment. Acupuncture needles are typically placed in several acupuncture points and are usually left in for about twenty minutes. The goal is to normalise the circulation of Qi (pronounced Chee) and blood flow by stimulating Acupuncture points. Stimulation of these points encourages the body’s natural healing process. Acupuncture points or Energy meridians are in specific locations across the whole body. Meridian points are not always close to where you may be experiencing pain or discomfort. One example is that needles might be inserted into your foot or hand if you suffer from headaches. Stimulation can be done by gently rotating the needles or sending a weak electric current through the needles (electroacupuncture). The number of treatments depends upon the complaint, duration or severity of your health condition. Two or three treatments are often sufficient for acute (new painful) conditions. However, established conditions may indeed take longer.

Acupuncture. Why Visit the Hatfield Practice?

  • Hatfield Practice reduces waiting Times – NHS waiting times for Acupuncture can be painfully long and is often dry needling rather than Traditional Chinese Acupuncture.
  • Hatfield Practice Provides Convenient Appointments – Day, Late  Evening & Weekends. Our Acupuncturists work late appointments so you can fit in after work.
  • Over 30 Years of  Clinical Expertise – Includes joints, disc, nerve and musculoskeletal pain. It is brilliant for Hay Fever, Infertility, Fatigue, Post Illness, Stress, Shingles & Post Viral.
  • Individual and Flexible treatments mean rapid recovery – Our ability to cross-refer between Physio, Osteopath or  Acupuncture means a faster recovery.
  • You Have Our 100% Individual Attention –  Acupuncture treatments are Personal, safe and individual. Our team always provides professional treatment and guaranteed privacy.
  • All  TCM Acupuncture Treatments  Are Bespoke – Each treatment is designed for you individually and is adaptable and safe.
  • High Levels of Training, Hatfield Practice Acupuncture – Practitioners have completed training to a degree standard and spent many hours in postgraduate study. 
  • Male & Female Fertility/ Infertility Issues – We specialise in using advanced treatment approaches. We are thoughtful and holistic in the way we practice.


Helen has been involved with Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture for over 30 years. Helen tells us that Chinese Acupuncture is brilliant for problems like muscle and joint pain, tapped nerves, bells palsy, shingles, arthritis and pain and medical related ailments. From a personal perspective and over the last twenty years, Helen has been developing her specialism in Acupuncture for fertility, IVF, male fertility problems & pregnancy-related conditions. Acupuncture is at the heart of who she is. Helen is still wholly committed to the holistic and natural approach to health. Acupuncture for fertility, IVF, male fertility problems & pregnancy related conditions.

Helen Taylor-Weekes Acupuncturist. BSc.(Hons), LicAc, MBAcC.


Thousands of local people have benefited from Treatment at The Hatfield Acupuncture Practice. 

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