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Peter Thompson

Peter is a member of the:
British Acupuncture Council

British Acupunctuer Council


N.B. Complementary therapies are not a substitute for seeking medical advice from your GP.  We will recommend that you seek medical advice for any symptoms you are experiencing and may ask your permission to write to your GP when indicated.

Acupuncture & Acupressure - Overview

Acupuncture is a comprehensive system of Chinese Medicine which has been practiced for many thousands of years. 

Acupuncture is commonly associated with pain relief; however it may also be applied to a range of conditions.  Its focus is on improving the overall well being of the client, rather than specific symptoms.

Acupressure massage is an alternative approach.  A case history would be taken as for acupuncture with the therapy differing in that sustained pressure is applied to the acupuncture points rather than the insertion of needles.

How it may help
Acupuncture may be effective for a range of conditions. The best way to check if Acupuncture might help is to call us on: 01228 409093 and we will do our best to give you honest advice.

The British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) is the leading self-regulatory body for the practice of traditional acupuncture in the UK. BAcc is a member-led organisation, governed by an elected executive committee and driven by a specialist staff team. To find out more about BAcC advice try the Research section on the BAcC web site

Acupuncture has virtually no side effects.  Occasionally, for 24 hours after a session certain clients may experience tiredness, or headache or a slight worsening of symptoms. This is only a temporary reaction to therapy and is usually followed by an improvement in symptoms the following day.

Single use, pre-sterilised disposable needles are used so there is minimal risk of infection.

A typical session
 Your first visit will be longer than subsequent ones.  This is because a detailed case history needs to be taken.

You will be asked about your current symptoms and any treatments you are receiving, your medical history, diet and lifestyle.  Your pulses on both wrists and your tongue will also be examined.  From the information gathered, a plan will be devised.

Acupuncture is given on a massage couch and involves inserting very fine needles into the acupuncture points of the body. It is best to wear loose, comfortable clothing, to allow easy access to lower legs and arms. However, it may be necessary to remove certain items to allow needling of other areas like the back.

Needles are left in place for approximately 20 minutes.  The needle insertions may be supplemented with moxa (a smoldering herb) which is used to warm acupuncture points to encourage the body’s energy to flow smoothly.

Cost / Number of sessions
Response to acupuncture varies from person to person.  Normally an initial course of between 4 – 8 sessions is recommended.  If your complaint is long-standing you may need more sessions.  The number of sessions will be discussed at the initial consultation and a suitable plan worked out.

After an initial problem has cleared up some people continue with sessions as a way of health maintenance and prevention. This would normally be monthly or six weekly.

* Initial consultation with Peter
This is very important time for Peter to fully understand the condition you have, your Medical History, any secondary complaints, and to appreciate you as a whole person.


Initial Consultation *
(approximately 60 mins)
(approximately 60 mins)

Booking a session in Carlisle
Peter Call 01228 409093
or email us at: info@cumbriatherapies.com