Acupuncture & Oriental Herbs

For More Energy And Better Health


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“...after months of agony I was pain free and have been pain free ever since!.”


Traditional Acupuncture

Acupuncture has been practiced in Edinburgh for many years and is an holistic system of healing that has evolved and developed over five millennia. Originating in China, it works by boosting your body’s instinctive ability to heal and in doing so can bring about significant changes remarkably quickly. You can use acupuncture proactively to manage your stress and balance energy levels, or heal specific symptoms that arise.


Why acupuncture?

Acupuncture works on the whole body, the underlying root cause of the problem and the manifesting symptoms at the same time. It therefore helps with a wide range of issues for people of all ages including children (see below).

Many use acupuncture to manage energy levels from work/life stress, rebalance hormonal issues and heal injuries. Although the skills and wisdom of acupuncture have been passed down the generations, there is a growing body of modern Western research showing the benefits of acupuncture with:


  • Headache and migraine
  • Stress
  • Asthma and allergic rhinitis
  • Back pain
  • Fertility and menstrual issues
  • Sleep problems
  • Depression
  • PMS – pre menstrual syndrome
  • IBS – irritable bowel syndrome
  • Menopausal symptoms
  • Skin complaints
  • Dysmenorrhoea
  • Endometriosis
  • Hypertension
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Cystitis
  • Neuropathic pain
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Post-operative pain
  • Sciatica
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Stroke
  • Sinusitis
  • Sports injuries
  • Vertigo
  • Fibromyalgia



Do call me for a free 15 minute assessment, an appointment or more specific advice in confidence on – 07887 682291 – or email You can find a longer list of researched conditions from the World Health Organisation or British Acupuncture Council here. It is always advisable to contact your GP for any health concerns.


What to expect with acupuncture


Expect to enjoy talking about your health, your energy levels, the pressures on you, your diet and so on. In this way I can gain a full understanding of your unique system. On the first consultation I usually allow no less than an hour, enabling us to really get to the bottom of what is causing your problem. And I’m interested in treating the root cause as well as symptoms - to give you lasting relief - and this will also include specific recommendations about diet, relaxation techniques and exercise; the session includes time resting.


Follow-up treatments take forty-five minutes to an hour, as I prefer to spend more time with patients for a deeper more lasting result. Private acupuncture consultations in Edinburgh range from £35 to £65 (in London £50 to over £100); please contact me for a free assessment – call 07887 682291 –or email


Acupuncture for children

Acupuncture for children Acupuncture works very well with all manner of children’s health issues (see Blog) and changes to their health can be remarkably rapid. Unlike with adults, who can lie still for 20-30 minutes resting during acupuncture, the techniques for working with children – babies and infants especially – are very brief by comparison, as a child’s energy is so much more readily available and they tend not to sit still!


Working with children is very different to adults, and for two years I trained with one of the West’s foremost leading experts in paediatric acupuncture - Julian Scott - one of only three in Scotland to do so. He was keen to pass on the pain free (virtually) needle technique that works so well with children. Do call me for an appointment or more specific advice on – 07887 682291 – or emailme -


How does Acupuncture work?


Your body exists because of energy and it flows noticeably in certain areas of the body and can actually be measured in microvolts. These energy flows can be disrupted by negative thoughts and emotions (problems caused by stress, for example), inappropriate diet and injuries. These energy disruptions can cause pain, stress and emotional disruption – a myriad of symptoms. My role is like that of a biological electrician, to return a correct balanced flow of energy to all areas of the body. This is done through the use of tiny sterile needles placed gently into the body’s energy pathways to stimulate your natural healing systems into right balance.


Why me?

I used to have acupuncture for years to manage my energy and stress before I had my epiphany moment and found a new sense of life purpose - to become an acupuncturist.  And as a result I have been successfully treating folk since 1999 with all manner of problems and conditions and ages.


As a coach, therapist and NLP practitioner I also bring a wide variety of additional skills to acupuncture sessions for no further investment.  My goal is to see you well and thriving. Do call me for a free 15 minute assessment, an appointment or more specific advice in confidence on – 07887 682291 – or email



Oriental Herbs

Support Your Body To Better Health

Modern oriental herbal medicine is based on a holism of mind, body and spirit, helping to accelerate the natural healing power inherent in the body. It involves a unique treatment plan optimised for healing each individual I work with.


Why herbs?

There are times when acupuncture is not enough on its own to bring you back to full health, and I may suggest we use herbs to support your body to achieve the desired results more quickly. This is commonly the case with female patients requiring that extra boost for fertility and menstrual issues.


What can herbs help me with?


I tend to use herbs as a tonic to improve energy and circulation; to balance hormones for infertility issues; and for skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. However oriental herbs have been used for a wide range of conditions for over 3000 years and are still a fundamental part of healthcare in Eastern hospitals today.


Throughout its history oriental herbal medicine has continually developed in response to changing clinical conditions, and has been sustained by research into every aspect of its use. This process continues today with the development of modern medical knowledge and diagnostic techniques. Conditions researched in the West include:

  • Allergies
  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Atopic eczema
  • Cancer - relieving side effects from cancer treatment
  • Circulatory disorders
  • Endometriosis
  • Fertility
  • Female infertility
  • Gastro-intestinal disorders
  • Gynaecological conditions
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Skin conditions

For further research information click here and if you’d like to know how your particular symptom can be helped, do call me on – 07887 682291 or email


Are they safe?

The pharmacies I use are controlled by the MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) and to assure the highest quality, all my herbs come from suppliers on an Approved Suppliers Scheme governed by the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine. I use powders of dried herbs - flowers, leaves, roots, seeds and berries - all dissolved in boiling water like instant coffee and drunk when cool.


Yin Tui-Na

TuiNa ("tway na") is an ancient Chinese bodywork therapy practised in hospitals and clinics around the world. It has two broad styles – Yin or yang. I sometimes use FSR (Forceless Spontaneous Release), an extremely gentle version of yin tui-na, which by virtue of its gentle support, is ideal for treating broken bones, unhealed injuries, somatised emotional trauma and in the treatment of Parkinson's Disease symptoms (see the Parkinson's Recovery Project I have worked with patients who have chosen not to take Parkinson’s medication and they have experienced a reduction in symptoms and an increase in the feeling of wellbeing. I use the techniques outlined in the PRP’s publications and although it is possible for recovery to occur without help, I’ve found folk benefit from support and coaching along the way.


Call for an appointment on 07887 682291 or email