What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine needles into specific points along channels within the body. Through careful selection of these points from a thorough diagnosis, the functions of the body can be re-balanced, and any dysfunction rectified. Chinese medicine theory is highly empirical, it is a very exact art and the skill lies in the correct diagnosis of the signs and symptoms. Only when the diagnosis is correct can the fine tuning of the body system be done. A skilled practitioner can make changes in the health of the patient, change their metabolism, their response to stress, relieve pain and improve the functioning of the body. Acupuncture is a system of medicine based on over 2,000 years of development and refinement in the Far East. The overall tradition is as much about the maintenance of health as the management of disease. It’s an approach which has survived and grown simply because it has proved time and time again that it is effective, safe and adaptable to the individual.

Acupuncture is often used in conjunction with other therapies such as cupping, massage, guasha and herbs.

Acupuncture needles are very different to needles used by your doctor, they are much finer and the sensation upon insertion is very different. I have treated many people who were initially very anxious but who quickly found their treatment restful and relaxing.

Acupuncture is an incredibly safe practice when performed by a properly trained practitioner (see The York Acupuncture Safety Study).

All needles used are sterilized and single use only.

How it works:

Acupuncture works by promoting our innate healing abilities, reminding the body how to look after itself, using minimum intervention with the only side effect being a greater sense of general well being. 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.

Acupuncture in the UK

Acupuncture is an integral part of the rapid growth of complementary therapy in the UK. In Britain the development of traditional acupuncture occurred through the 1950s and early 1960s. Over the last 20 years there has been a dramatic rise from just a handful of qualified acupuncturists to over 2800 registered with The British Acupuncture Council (BAcC). Acupuncture stands as one of the most widely accepted forms of Complementary medicine. As a result of it being shown to be safe and free from side effects more and more GP’s and others within the NHS recognise it as something that could benefit patients and therefore it has a place in mainstream healthcare.

Treatment prices

Initial consultation (with acupuncture and affiliated treatments)
From £65.00
Follow-up appointment
From £48.00
12 week prepaid treatment programme

Please contact our reception team on 01284 760020 to book your appointment.


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I first visited Gina a few years ago when I was suffering badly with the autoimmune disease Ulcerative proctitis. The medication I had been prescribed had no effect and I was feeling very unwell. Gina spent time going though all aspects of my lifestyle and offered excellent dietary advice to work along side her acupuncture treatments. My symptoms went and have not returned. I returned to Gina recently to assist with my fertility health when trying for a baby. I am now 35 weeks pregnant with thanks to Gina's treatments. I highly recommend Gina to anyone seeking an alternative to modern medicine.


Gina was recommended to me by a friend who had had treatments with her. During my first consultation Gina spent a lot of time getting to know all about my enlarged prostate condition and from this she was able to tailor the treatments to my specific needs. I have had very good results with significant improvements which I have not had through conventional medicine. I would go so far as to say it has been life changing for me. Gina puts you at ease straight away and truly cares about her patients and as such I would recommend her to anybody looking at Acupuncture for any ailments


I can't recommend this practice highly enough. Gina has been treating me with acupuncture for six weeks for a condition that has been making me miserable for the last two years. Doctors were baffled (and still are) and I'm still awaiting referral to a specialist clinic after nearly two years of being passed from pillar to post. I can honestly say Gina has relieved my symptoms to the point where I've almost forgotten the annoying pins and needles sensation in both hands and feet which has been driving me crazy for all this time. She is amazing, professional, understanding and she actually cares, whereas I felt the doctors are just hoping I'll go away! Thank you Gina! I now believe acupuncture can do amazing things for any ailment. If in doubt speak to Gina. Give it a try!

Sara W

I want to let everyone know how amazing Gina Roark acupuncture really is. I've been suffering with chronic pain for months and other complicated health problems with no relief, just lots of trips to hospital and being pumped full of drugs, and I'm still none the wiser to why this is!!!! Anyway this is the amazing part!! I was at the end my tether a couple of weeks ago; this pain was really effecting my job and my life. I was stuck in bed for 7 days straight at one point with a pain level of 10+, I've had just two treatments with Gina so far, and my pain levels are at less than 3, and over the weekend I was even able to venture out into the wonderful sunshine. I am also pleased my other conditions are more manageable. I cannot believe how quickly acupuncture has eased my conditions. I highly recommend this treatment to anyone, thank you Gina.

Katie F

I was trying to get pregnant for so long. I've tried everything possible. I almost lost hope and I met Gina Roark. She started acupuncture treatment for fertility on me and believe or not 3 months later I found out that I am pregnant. Now I am a mommy of a almost 2 years old boy ;)))) Gina is a very professional acupuncturist and fantastic person. I am so lucky that our paths crossed.