What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese system of healing that has been found to have been used in Oriental Countries for thousands of years. This traditional philosophy believes that good health depends upon the body’s energy moving through channels beneath the skin in both a smooth and balanced way.

If someone suffers from an imbalance in this energy then symptoms of ill health, mental or physical, can be the result.

Acupuncture treatment harmonises and rebalances the energy flow, restoring health and vitality to the person once more.

What are the benefits?

There are numerous benefits from Acupuncture alongside pain relief and alleviating symptoms from a great many illnesses. With regular treatment Acupuncture can also help to improve your health by boosting the immune system. It can also help to lift your mood, and provide you with improvements in your energy levels and your overall sense of wellbeing.

In particular Five Element Acupuncture works at a deeper core level and is tailored to the individuals own particular energy type, giving further added benefits.

What happens during Acupuncture treatment?

Acupuncture uses very fine single-use pre-sterilised needles 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.

Acupuncture needles are very fine – as thin as a hair – and often when painless inserted – they are manipulated until a mild tingling sensation or dull ache is experienced. Depending upon the effect required they are either removed immediately afterwards or they can be left for 20 – 30 minutes. Often both methods are used during a treatment. The patient commonly experiences a pleasant sensation and feeling of relaxation which often remains after treatment finishes.

How often would I need treatment?

Treatment often begins with 4 sessions, on a weekly basis.

Depending on the nature of the problem, whether acute or more chronic, frequency of treatments can be increased or reduced as symptoms improve.

Patients can often feel the effects immediately or gradually over several sessions as the effect of treatment builds.

Many patients feel improved benefits and continue with two weekly or monthly ‘top up’ sessions to continue the beneficial effects.

Other treatment available that can be used alongside acupuncture:

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 – can also be used on needles for added benefit

Cupping: glass cups with a vacuum seal are placed on the skin to stimulate blood flow and clear stagnant qi, releasing tension

Guasha: vigorous rubbing of the skin which increases blood flow and clears stagnant qi easing muscle stiffness and tension, and often used with warming aromatic oil


Tuina: Chinese therapeutic massage which relieves muscle tension, stimulates acupressure points, opens energy meridians and stimulates the flow of qi



Martin Hancock LicAc BSC

My initial interest in both acupuncture and Chinese Medicine began with the martial arts. I trained in Tang Soo Do (Korean Karate) for seven years, and became intrigued by pressure points and their links to acupuncture. I had a much longer interest in both alternative and ancient therapies and cultures, and was inspired to study further after seeking acupuncture treatment for a re-occurrence of migraines after many years.

I completed a BSc licentiate degree in Integrated Five Element and Traditional Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine at the renowned College of Integrated Chinese Medicine (CICM) in Reading in 2014.

CICM is a British Acupuncture Council accredited college and distinctly one of the leading colleges in both the UK and Europe.

My education included Western Medical Science training as part of the qualification, and my clinical year included supervision with some of the most respected and experienced Acupuncturists in the UK.

I was also trained in the use of Moxa, Cupping, Guasha and Tuina, which are traditional therapies that can be used alongside acupuncture, and many patients find these to be most beneficial.


Contact me

To book an appointment or just to find out how I can help please use the contact form or give me a ring on 07905 962085.



I work from: Gaia Lifestyle Roath, Treharris Street, Cardiff, CF24 3HQ

Appointments are available on Fridays and Saturdays (with notice).



Initial Diagnosis: £50 (A session of approx 1 hour including treatment)

Subsequent Treatment: £40 (45 minute session of treatment)

I work by appointment only usually on Fridays

Fridays 10am – 5pm /Saturday 10am – 1pm

 Later evening sessions may be available on Fridays.

Other appointments may be available on request – home visits are considered in the local Cardiff area.

Please call for availability: 07905962085 or contact me here


“I turned to acupuncture at the lowest ebb of my life. I’d been my mother’s carer for years and with her death I was left completely alone having no other family. My life didn’t seem to have any focus or meaning. I’d also been told by the doctor to take painkillers for my arthritic knees. I was hobbling around on a stick. After my first few sessions there was a marked difference in my moods and walking ability.

Over time Martin’s expertise and caring nature helped me to move forward. I’m living my dream by the sea and able to take long walks along the prom without the walking stick.

I would highly recommend acupuncture to anyone for emotional and physical problems especially with Martin. He helped me change my life I’m sure he could for everyone else too!”  – B.R.

“I have had several sessions with Martin for relief of a variety of health issues. Each time Martin has been conscientious in collecting all the relevant information, explained the process and provided much appreciated relief for the condition.  Excellent service all round.”  – L.H.

“Having injured my right shoulder and losing all movement in that arm, I had been prescribed painkillers and anti-inflammatories by my GP and had been treated by a physiotherapist, but with no sign of improvement. Martin’s approach to diagnosing my problem and reviewing the possible options for treatment were very thorough.

I regained some movement in my arm within days of being treated by him, and continued steadily to improve with Martin’s help.”  – H.S.

“My 16 year old Daughter was suffering with chronic Migraines, at least 2 or 3 a week. These Migraines would manifest themselves with a visual disturbance accompanied by varying levels of Headache at the front of her head.  Her vision could become so poor that she would not be able to read, and if she was at school she would have to ask her friends to read text books for her.

Despite numerous visits to Doctors prescribing various medications, Specialists conducting MRI scans and ECG epilepsy tests and a visit to the National Migraine Centre in London, nothing worked or could be found wrong with her.

It was at this point that we turned to Acupuncture. Martin has a very easy going manner towards his patients and very quickly put my Daughter at ease. He used a Korean Hand Technique and was able, during the session, to control the Visual Disturbance and the Headache to the point where both the Headache and Visual Disturbance were eliminated, initially for a number of days. As treatment continued the Migraines occurred less often.

Martin is a very knowledgeable exponent of Acupuncture and we would highly recommend his services.”  – J.C.