Acupuncture is an ancient form of healing developed in China over many hundreds of years. It works towards restoring vitality, when our intrinsic healing energies have been depleted.  It often enhances general well-being and enjoyment of life.  It can help you to cope better if you are feeling off colour or out of sorts, perhaps experiencing difficulties at work or unhappiness in a relationship.  Five element acupuncture is a style which emphasises links with the cycle of nature and the balance of the elements and can address levels of distress which are mental and spiritual as well as physical.

Acupuncture uses fine needles and moxa, a slow burning herb, to balance the energy which continuously sustains us on every level.  This energy can become blocked or congested, causing symptoms.

In the modern world some people are overburdened and stressed, due to the challenge of balancing many competing demands, and we believe that acupuncture has a great deal to offer in this area.  It can revive drooping spirits and give people the strength to carry on.  

Conditions that can be helped by acupuncture include stress, anxiety and depression, headaches, digestive problems, insomnia, fatigue, gynaecological problems, aches and pains.

"....acupuncture was such a positive experience, it helped me when I was in a really sad place, at a very difficult time in my life.  It wasn't just that my arm got better, I was relieved of other ailments that go beyond the ways to do with the spiritual and well-being aspects of life." K aged 36, mother and bank project manager.

" worked for me!" Steve aged 64, university lecturer with panic attacks.

"....when I first had acupuncture it seemed miraculous.  A compulsive pattern which had always been a part of my life, and which I hadn't even mentioned, improved greatly straightaway; I knew that something real was going on.....and later on my headaches went away"  M aged 28, hospital worker.

Your Initial Visit

Please allow about 90 minutes for the first session and if possible aim to relax for the rest of the day. We advise against scheduling anything too demanding; sometimes there is a need to sleep and healing will be enhanced if you are under no pressure.

Generally, avoid alcohol on the day of treatment, and make sure you feel alert enough to drive following treatment. We also advise against wearing strong scents or heavy make-up on the day.

Response to acupuncture varies depending on the person and the condition. Problems can improve quickly or may need treatment over an extended period, especially more chronic conditions.  Traditionally when things have stabilised, treatment once per season is recommended (the Chinese count five seasons!).

To book an appointment please call reception on 020 8694 2714 or email at

To speak with Shereen, contact her on 07773 332 864 or by email at 

Shereen is at the centre Thursdays


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