Sam Hargreaves Acupuncture

Traditional Acupuncturist in Okehampton and Teignmouth Devon

New Clinic opening in Okehampton

I’m opening a new acupuncture clinic in Okehampton from October 2021. The Teignmouth clinic is still open.

Acupuncture therapy for finding health

Welcome, and thank you for visiting Sam Hargreaves Acupuncturist.

My name is Sam Hargreaves (DipAc BSc) I am a professional acupuncturist with over 14 years experience in treating a wide range of health conditions. My clinics are located in Okehampton, covering the areas of South Zeal, Sticklepath. And Teignmouth, covering the areas of Dawlish, Kingsteignton and Newton Abbot.

I focus on relieving symptoms quickly and integrating emotional, stress, psychological and lifestyle triggers that are affecting your health.

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I work with people from all walks of life and backgrounds, coming to me with a diverse range of problems. I’ve undertaken 3 years full time training at the Northern College of Acupuncture and regularly hone and update my knowledge and skills with continuing professional development (CPD).

Whether you have depression, IBS or back pain. Making the decision to see an acupuncturist can be a life changing step to take for your health. Please read on to find out more about how I could help you.


Acupuncture therapy and Chinese Medicine has a documented history of 2500 years and is thought to be over 4000 years old. Acupuncture has a holistic view of health, looking at diet, lifestyle, exercise and focuses on both your presenting symptom and the underlying causes. Over time it’s been refined into a clear and precise treatment modality. In recent decades it has gained international recognition as a valid treatment that can affect many health issues.

Acupuncture stimulates the skin, muscle, fascia and nervous system of the body. It activates your natural healing response, affecting the body, emotions and mind. Various techniques are used including insertion of very thin, sterile needles, gua sha (skin stimulation), cupping (pulling the muscle) and moxibustion (warming the body).

People come to me for help a wide range of issues. Here are a few of the more common conditions I regularly see in clinic:

Feelings of stress or anxiety

Panic attacks

Back pain

Tension type headaches


IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)


RSI (Repetitive strain injury)



Musculoskeletal pain

Menstrual pain and gynaecological issues


I qualified in 2007 from the Northern College of Acupuncture, and have worked in private practice since. Early in my acupuncturist practice I co-founded The Acupuncture Works community clinic in Manchester and currently work at the Peoples Acupuncture Project in Exeter, providing affordable acupuncture treatments. I’ve trained in the fields of somatic bodywork and breath work and have an interest in the Polyvagal Theory and its impact on health and trauma.

I incorporate a number of acupuncture modalities into my practice including Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), 5 Elements, Dr Tung acupuncture and Tan’s Balance acupuncture modalities. I have practiced Daoist Qi Gong, yoga and tantra for over 19 years. And I’m a semi professional musician and enjoy running through muddy puddles on Dartmoor when i get the chance.

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Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about how acupuncture works, or to arrange an initial appointment. This enables us to discuss the reasons you are thinking of coming for acupuncture, whether it could be helpful for you and whether I am the right therapist to help.

You can also call me on 07985923160 if you would prefer to leave a message or speak to me first. I am happy to discuss any queries or questions you may have prior to arranging an initial appointment.

All enquiries are usually answered within 24 hours, and all contact is strictly confidential.


I work from The Fountain for Health in Teignmouth on Thursdays.

Fountain For Health

9 The triangle

TQ14 8AU.

I also work in Exeter at The Peoples Acupuncture Project on Wednesdays.


First appointments are £50 and lasts for 1.5 hours.

Followup appointments are £40 and last for 1 hour.

I accept payment in cash, cheque or by bank transfer.

A typical course of acupuncture would be weekly for 3-5 sessions depending on the condition treated, followed by periodic maintenance sessions. This will vary depending on why you are coming for treatment. Please contact me to discuss your specific requirements.

Cancellation Policy: Note that if you want to cancel an appointment I require 48 hours’ notice; otherwise you will still need to pay for any sessions missed.


Your first session will last 1.5 hours and we will explore your reasons for coming. Including your medical history and current health symptoms. Your health from a physical, emotional and psychological view point will be taken into account to create a Chinese Medicine Diagnosis. This often allows a new perspective and understanding of how and why health conditions happen.

Once the acupuncture is applied to the body there is usually 20-30 minutes of deep relaxation as the treatment takes effect.

A course of acupuncture treatment is an opportunity to look differently at lifestyle, diet, emotions and stress which are impacting on your health. And put some of these


Is acupuncture painful?

The simple answer is No.

When giving acupuncture we look for a sensation on the acupuncture point, which is called the DeQi in Chinese medicine. This can be a dull ache or tingle. If this ever feels on the point of painful we immediately reduce the sensation to a comfortable level. My focus with acupuncture is always to create relaxation and relieving of tension in the body. Some people like a strong feeling on the acupuncture points and others less. I follow you and your bodies signs of relaxation to find the appropriate level of treatment.

How long will I need to have acupuncture?

This depends on what you are coming for and how you respond. Some people respond very quickly and 1-3 sessions are all that’s needed.

For more long term chronic health issues a course of 5 weekly sessions is usually recommended. We will then review progress, often at this point you can either finish treatment or move to a maintenance treatment every 2-5 weeks.

Some people find they get so much out of treatment that they come regularly for health and well being maintenance. This can be weekly or monthly. I regularly review and discuss how treatment is going to create a clear treatment plan to maximise your progress.

Help I’m scared of needles! Can i still get acupuncture?

YES! Definitely.

This is common and something i work with regularly. Acupuncture is a very different experience from receiving injections. If you have a fear of needles discuss it with me, I have many strategies to make the session comfortable and a lot of experience in this area.

Will everything I say be kept confidential?

Everything that is said within the acupuncture session is kept private – In this way it is similar to counselling or psychotherapy. At the beginning of the session we have a brief check-in for you to express and share what is happening. Clients regularly find this highly valuable and it will often influence the direction of the acupuncture treatment.

Note that there are some situations where you may be a risk to yourself or others, and there the law requires that I notify an authority; in these cases I may not be able to keep total confidentiality. Breaking confidentiality is very rare though, I have never had to do it in my 12 years of practice and only happens after the person concerned has been informed.

Can I bring a friend or relative with me?

Usually I am asked this question by people who are nervous about coming for acupuncture or have have a disability which means they find movement difficult.

You are welcome to bring someone else to your appointment if necessary. Most of the time clients are happy to attend on their own for follow up sessions.

However if your reason for coming has an emotional component you might find it harder to talk freely with someone else present. In these circumstances I recommend attending on your own. If not for the first session, then for followups.

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