Why go private?
Meet our medical acupuncture specialist
Our renowned acupuncture clinic is run by leading specialist, Dr Ian Chait.
Dr Chait is a member of The British Medical Acupuncture Society and has been practising acupuncture for 25 years. As a medically trained doctor, he will ensure that acupuncture is appropriate for you before advising its use.
Modern, evidence-backed acupuncture
Dr. Chait is a western acupuncturist and does not use traditional Chinese methods such as pulse diagnosis or syndrome diagnosis. He uses evidence-based methods and keeps up-to-date by attending annual BMAS scientific meetings and other courses.
Who should use acupuncture?
Dr. Chait treats a wide variety of conditions, including musculo-skeletal pain, for instance neck and back pain, sciatica and arthritis – particularly arthritis of the knee which usually responds very well to acupuncture. Other conditions which are well worth treating with acupuncture include “frozen shoulder” and other types of shoulder pain, vomiting in early pregnancy, pain from shingles, headaches, and migraine. TMJ pain which can cause headache and facial pain may also respond well to acupuncture.
I am undergoing chemotherapy. Can acupuncture help ease my symptoms?
Dr. Chait practiced within the Oncology Clinic at Barnet General Hospital from the mid 1970s until 2007, treating pain, nausea and vomiting on chemotherapy and other symptoms such as hot flushes, in cancer patients. If you are suffering from the symptoms of chemotherapy, please book an appointment with Dr Chait who can advise you on treatment.
My friend says that acupuncture can treat hay fever. Is this true?
Yes, hay fever responds surprisingly well to acupuncture treatment. It is best to start before the season sets in as it is easier to control and a few treatments may last the whole season. However, it can be tried at any time that symptoms are troublesome. Rhinitis (Itchy runny nose) may also respond to acupuncture even when an allergic cause has not been identified.
Will my private medical insurance cover fees for acupuncture?
Dr. Chait is recognised as an acupuncture specialist by the main insurers such as BUPA, Axa PPP, and WPA. Most other companies will recognise acupuncture for reimbursement, but you should check with them in advance as policies vary a great deal. We would expect you to pay for each session at the time and then claim back from your insurer yourself.
Friends and family welcome
You are welcome to bring a friend or family member to your consultation. He or she can also act as a chaperone if you wish. If you would like us to provide a chaperone for your consultation, then please request this when booking your appointment.