Acupuncture is an ancient system of healing that has been practiced in China for over 3,000 years. It involves the insertion of fine needles into certain points on the body which have been specifically chosen, according to the diagnosis made by the practitioner. These points are at very specific locations and lie on channels of vital energy or "Qi".
Needle insertion or stimulation of the acupuncture point influences the flow of energy and blood. It stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals such as cortisol and endorphins, which influence pain and inflammation and also enhance overall well-being.
What does Acupuncture treat:
The World Health Organisation (W.H.O) has listed over 100 diseases, symptoms or health conditions that to respond well to Acupuncture and these include:
Anxiety & Stress. Back pain & Pain of all kinds. Addlcition.
Arthritis. Digestive and Bowel disorders. Menopause.
Asthma. Menstrual Disorders & P.M.S. Migraine.
Insomnia. Fatigue. Sinusitis.
What does a treatment involve ?

On your first visit to Anne Hughes, a detailed assessment is carried out. All aspects of the person are taken into consideration including past and present medical history, prescribed medication, lifestyle, diet and emotional factors. The practitioner also utilises other traditional diagnostic skills, including tongue and pulse diagnosis.

The first visit, including a thorough consultation and an acupuncture treatment, is 90 minutes and follow up visits will be for 60 minutes. All needles used are CE marked, single use, sterile and disposable. Cupping, Moxabustion, Massage, Dietary advice and herbal medicine may also be used to compliment the treatment.

Is it covered by health insurance?

Anne is a registered member of the Acupuncture Council of Ireland and acupuncture treatments are approved and in part reimbursable with healthcare insurance providers whose plans offer cover for holistic therapies such as the V.H.I., Hibernian Quinn and H.S.E.

Contact details

Anne’s phone number is 087 624 9555. Call Anne for a no-obligation chat about how acupuncture can help yourself, your family or friends. Alternatively Anne can be contacted by e-mail at

Further details of her holistic practice are available at Anne’s website; and her facebook page;


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