York Community Acupuncture aims to provide people with access to the wonderful world and healing benefits of acupuncture without being too costly. We are able to do this (and still earn a living wage) by treating more than one person at a time. Once your needles are in place, we leave you to relax for about 30 minutes which means we can be treating another person. Distal acupuncture is mostly practised in community clinics meaning the acupuncture points in your arms and legs can be used to treat the whole of your body - yes, your back pain can be helped without a single needle going near your back! This means you won't have to expose any part of your body apart from your lower legs and lower arms, so loose clothing that can be rolled up is always helpful.
We will always take a full history from you about the reason why you are attending. Due to the setting of the community clinic, people might be in earshot of you although we do play background music. If you have something difficult to talk about in this setting you can arrange a phone call before your appointment or email us. Sometimes a community setting is not the best place for someone with very personal and difficult issues to discuss.
Low-cost acupuncture does not mean low quality. You will receive acupuncture that is specific for your condition by fully trained and insured acupuncturists. We offer a sliding scale for follow-up appointments. This means you choose what you can afford to pay us. We don't ask questions about your income, but we hope you pay what you genuinely can afford. We much prefer people to pay a little less if it means they can come a bit more frequently and get better sooner. Then you will spread the word to your friends how acupuncture helped you!
We are affiliated to the Northern College of Acupuncture which is an educational charity and on occasions we may have students conducting placements. You will be asked beforehand if you are happy for students to be included in your treatment process. Students will be fully supervised at all times. For more information about the Northern College of Acupuncture, please click here.
Acupuncture is a wonderful complement to orthodox medicine, but it is not a substitute for it. You need to take responsibility for your own health and see your GP if you think you have a problem that is serious. We can use acupuncture as an adjunct to orthodox treatments such as easing the side effects of chemotherapy, but it is often wise to discuss this with your GP. Acupuncture can be very helpful in painful conditions, whatever the diagnosis and many other conditions too.
Sometimes people are just not feeling themselves or have an underlying grumble that they just put up with – just like the odd noise that your car makes, but it still drives ok, so why get anything done about it? Acupuncture is great at helping people with these such grumbles – nothing is seriously wrong but if left long enough you may start to suffer further problems, just like a car eventually will. Acupuncture will help your body right itself so you feel better in yourself.
If you are unsure whether acupuncture can help you, please contact us either by telephone or email for a chat. The British Acupuncture Council have produced research factsheets on many conditions which you may find useful to read. See here
Sessions & Fees
York Community Acupuncture Clinic is open Mondays between 1pm and 5pm
Initial consultation and treatment:
Allow up to 90 minutes
You choose what you can afford to pay in the range of £20-30
Allow 45 minutes
We accept payment online, cash, by card, or by cheque.
We usually suggest weekly treatments for 3-6 weeks until we know how you will respond to acupuncture. You may need less than this, you may need more depending on your reasons for attending.
Helen qualified as a Physiotherapist in 2000 from Salford University and started her career in the NHS at Scarborough Hospital before moving on and working in private practices and in the Ministry of Defence, both in the UK and overseas. Helen first started using acupuncture for pain relief in 2001 and since then realised how acupuncture can help to treat so many more conditions than just musculoskeletal injuries.
Helen graduated from the Northern College of Acupuncture in 2014, completing a Master’s of Science degree in acupuncture, her research looking in to acupuncture and knee osteoarthritis. Continuous learning is essential to Helen to ensure the best care is given to her patients and she regularly attends courses to further her knowledge and progress her skills. Helen is also a Clinic Supervisor, the Clinical Educational Lead and a tutor on the biomedicine and bodywork team at the Northern College of Acupuncture based here in York.
Having worked in community acupuncture clinics before, Helen knows the value of receiving regular acupuncture at a cost people can afford and is excited to bring this concept to York.
Helen is a wonderful practitioner, patient and understanding of anyone seeking treatment. We cannot thank them enough nor praise the benefits for us enough either. Sleep has become a normal routine for us both once more and taking less or even no pain medication is always a good thing for any age. If you have never tried it, give it a go, it is so gentle and relaxing a treatment. This is our 2nd trial since being introduced to it on the Midlands and it worked for us, worth every penny and so affordable the way it is being done here. Thank you for giving us back our quality of life ladies. We love it.
“I have been having regular community acupuncture treatments with Helen for several months to treat my chronic illness.
The treatments have improved my symptoms tenfold and I absolutely recommend acupuncture to anyone!
Helen is very knowledgeable about health and wellbeing which gives you confidence in the treatments from the very first consultation. No matter what symptoms I say I would like the treatment to focus on, Helen knows where to put the needles and I always see an improvement in those particular symptoms from the very next day. It is like magic!
The treatments don’t hurt and being in a room with other people isn’t a problem at all as the treatment chairs are well spaced out with screens up to offer privacy. A community acupuncture clinic is a very affordable way to try acupuncture. I am very grateful that there is one local to me, as it is doing wonders for my overall health and I wouldn’t want to pay for long term weekly treatments privately"
"Helen is a fantastic therapist and has a great professional manner with a good sense of humour too. She’s great at putting you at ease. I see her for acupuncture and highly recommend!"
York Community Acupuncture runs from Tang Hall Community Centre, Fifth Avenue, York, YO31 0UG.
What3Words location: buns.bells.divide
The building is wheelchair accessible and there is a wheelchair accessible toilet.
There is a small carpark or on street parking is free on Fifth Avenue.
Monday: 1:00pm - 5pm