Local, friendly and professional Acupuncture in Bournemouth by Gary Hussey

Acupuncture - Gary Hussey (LicAc–MBAcC)

Qualified: The International college of Oriental Medicine (1998)
Member: The British Acupuncture Council (BAcC)

Gary Hussey started studying Chinese acupuncture in 1993 at the International College of Oriental Medicine and established his own private practice in Bournemouth in 1998.

Gary has mastered two different styles of traditional acupuncture. TCM (traditional Chinese medicine) which is the standard in classical five element acupuncture, and also Stems and Branches, which is a refined technique of classical five element style acupuncture.

Stems and Branches is the most ancient style of acupuncture still in existence, and because of its refined nature, Stems and Branches practitioners tend to use fewer needles and there is a longer time between treatments.

What can Acupuncture treat?

  • Allergies and skin conditions eg. ezcema, psoriasis
  • Infertility and help through IVF
  • Breathing and lung problems eg. asthma
  • Digestive and bowel complaints, eg haemorrhoids
  • Ear, eye nose and throat disorders
  • Stress, Anxiety and Depression
  • Headache and Migraine
  • Period Pains, PCOS, Endometriosis
  • Urinary Problems
  • Infertility and IVF treatment protocol
  • Problems related to pregnancy and giving birth
  • Back pain and chronic pain conditions
  • Menopause
  • Chronic Fatigue and Fibro-myalgia
  • Tiredness
  • Insomnia
  • And many other conditions

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Treatment Details and Prices

Treatments last about 45 minutes. The first one lasts a little longer as a case history wil be taken. You will be asked current symptoms, past medical history, possibly family history. Pulse diagnosis is used to diagnose the problem in the ‘Qi’ and from this the points are selected.

Approximately one to five needles are used in each treatment and these are retained for twenty minutes and are usually painless. As a general rule of thumb acute patients are seen weekly and chronic patients are seen fortnightly or monthly.

All members of the British Acupuncture Council must observe a strict code of practice, which lays down the stringent standards of hygiene approved by the department of health.

£53 per treatment (Initial consultation £15) 
£43 12 – 16
£33 children

Acupuncture FAQ

Answers to some often asked questions on Acupuncture. Please click on the question to expand the answer.

Acupuncture is a medical methodology originating in ancient China that treats patients by manipulating thin, solid needles that have been inserted into Acupuncture points in different areas within the body. Stimulating these points can correct imbalances in the flow of Qi through channels known as meridians.

There are 2 main reasons for this: Firstly, for a moment, imagine the body from a Chinese medical perspective. It is a fairly dense mass of electromagnetic activity. Acupuncture works in 3 ways, it moves what is stuck, builds what is weak or disperses what is pernicious. Commonly after treatment, there is a kind of hole created, or at least something that needs to be filled, the body then gets busy moving fresh qi (derived from diet) to where it’s required, this process takes time, usually weeks. Secondly, if we have something that needs to be filled and there is pernicious energy (like a virus) still active deeper in the body then this will be pushed into the created space and the acupuncturist can work on it next time, in other words if the superficial parts of the system are cleared [of virus] first, the immune system will then force any virus that is deeper to more superficial levels, this process takes 3 or 4 weeks.

It is very difficult to digest how Acupuncture works without first understanding the concept of Qi, Qi is the electro-magnetic aspect of the human body, it is this aspect that the needles manipulate, any problem in the physical body will also manifest in the Qi, if the acupuncturist is able to resolve the problem in the Qi, then the physical body returns to normal automatically.

No, Acupuncture also works on Animals and Children, this eliminates the possibility that it is placebo.

On the internet you can find certain sites that discuss contraindications to Acupuncture such as if you have a pacemaker, or coagulation disorders, or even skin disorders like psoriasis. I do not agree, I think Acupuncture is fine to use in these instances. In fact there are very few contra-indications to acupuncture, in certain rare diseases it is contra- indicated but they are the type of conditions you would be well aware of.

Acupuncture is not painful, it is possible to feel ‘something,’ which is usually described as tingling or numbness. On occasion a needle might hurt, that said the vast majority of patients view it as ‘a piece of cake.’ Many people have had Acupuncture, if you are concerned about the needles, ask someone who has had it and they will tell you its easy. Actually it is very relaxing

Acupuncture is one of the safest forms of medicine, provided the person administering it is correctly trained. All members of the British Acupuncture Council must observe a strict code of practice, which lays down the stringent standards approved by the department of health.

All needles are sterilised at source and are used only once.

Side effects are rare, but may include the following, feeling light-headed, sleepiness, euphoria or bruising.

People of all ages can have Acupuncture.

Before having acupuncture treatment

Before your first acupuncture session there are several things you should bear in mind:

Many commonly used acupuncture points are located on the lower arms and legs, so it is helpful to wear clothing that allows easy access to these areas
Do let me know if you are completely new to acupuncture so they can take extra time to explain what happens and ensure you are comfortable with the process.
The needles are retained for twenty minutes and the patient is usually left alone during this period.
The pulse at the wrist will be listened to for a few minutes prior to treatment.
It is important to give Acupuncture a fair trial. Symptoms may not change immediately so pledge to give it three or four sessions before deciding whether its for you. In more serious, or chronic conditions you may have to make monthly Acupuncture sessions part of your life for some time.
Acupuncture is holistic medicine which means it treats the body as a whole, it is common for the patient to get improvement to problems that are not getting treatment directly, so its always worth telling me about other problems you may have, even if they seem unrelated.
Your first consultation

During your first visit I will need to gain a thorough understanding of your main complaint and your general health and lifestyle. This involves asking questions about your current symptoms and your medical history, as well as such things as your sleeping pattern, your appetite and digestion, and your emotional wellbeing. Women are also asked about their menstrual cycle and any past pregnancies and childbirth.

You might feel that some questions appear unrelated to your condition but the information you give helps to form a more complete picture of your health and lifestyle. As stated above I will also take your pulse on both wrists and may examine your tongue and feel for areas of muscular tension or pain.

Your main health complaint

When talking about your main complaint, you maybe asked to describe in your own words what the symptoms feel like and how severe they are. You may also be asked how long you have been having the symptoms, whether they are constant or intermittent and how frequent they are. You should mention any medication that you are taking and whether you have tried any other therapies.

In order to make a diagnosis according to traditional Chinese medicine theory and to find the right treatment approach, I may also want to know more specific details.

Treatment plan and treatment

Based on all the information you have given, I will make a diagnosis and put together your treatment plan, which may include lifestyle and dietary advice as well as acupuncture. Very fine single-use pre-sterilised needles are used to stimulate specific acupuncture points on your body. Because energy meridians range across the whole body, the points used are not necessarily close to where you experience pain or discomfort. For example, if you suffer from headaches needles might be inserted in your foot or hand. It is helpful to see acupuncture as an investment. During each treatment the weakest organ system is treated, this means the whole body is strengthened. The symptoms are not treated directly, the fact that the body is stronger naturally decreases the symptoms over time.


As well as needling acupuncture points, other Chinese medicine techniques such as:

moxibustion: heat is applied to an acupuncture point or meridian using moxa (a therapeutic herb) and/or heat lamps to warm and relax muscles and qi
Acu-Silk: The use of silk to stimulate the Acupuncture points
Lifestyle advice

I may suggest ways in which you can enhance the long-term effects of your treatment. This may involve making changes to your diet and daily routine. If necessary you will be referred to other healthcare practitioners for specialist care.


Most people find acupuncture relaxing and often feel very calm after a treatment. You may feel a little tired or sleepy and should take this into account if you are planning to drive or use heavy machinery straight after your treatment.

You should refrain from vigorous exercise after treatment and, ideally, give yourself a little time to rest.

Acupuncture has very few side effects and any that do occur are usually mild and self-correcting, such as occasional bruising which is generally painless and clears within a day or two.

No, there are many types of Acupuncture, the type that I practice is called Stems and Branches, which is an ancient Chinese style of five element Acupuncture.

There are no special requirements

Usually there are no prescriptions for after your treatment.

Customer Reviews

Here is a selection of our recent customer reviews. You can read them in more detail on our Reviews page or check out our Google Reviews to see what our customers say. For an affordable, friendly and professional Acupuncture service in Bournemouth and Poole, please call 07855 477484 or 01202 554098.

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I've had 4 sessions so far, treating my various Chronic Illnesses. I have seen such a massive improvement in my general well-being already. Gary is a very affable man who makes you feel at ease and explains what he is doing. Highly recommend.
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The hospital said my condition could not be fixed but Gary proved them all wrong. The pain and symptoms that were so debilitating are no longer a problem. I am off the pain killers and drugs and very grateful to have this quality of life restored to me. Thank you Gary you are amazing.
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I wanted to thank you for helping me with my Back. I had suffered 18 months with severe back pain unable to visit the Gym and take part in other physical events due to the pain. I had many medical tests done and no relief or diagnosis. My 6 visits to you meant I had my life back. Thank you so much for everything you have done for me. Thank you for your professionalism and expertise.
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Gary is a brilliant acupuncturist. I first went to see him for long-term acne, which cleared up completely after a couple of treatments. Since then he has helped to resolve my son's long-term bladder issue and treated my daughter for migraine - she has not had any migraines since. I can't recommend him highly enough.
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Gary is brilliant! I went to see him after having struggled for years with menopausal symptoms that were severely affecting my life and General well being and I can honestly say hand on heart after 2 sessions of Gary's acupuncture I was completely symptom free! Thank you so much Gary you've literally changed my life.

Contact Gary to make an appointment - 07855 477484 or 01202 554098