Acupuncture is based on the 3,000 year old tradition of Chinese Medicine and uses the insertion of needles into the skin and underlying tissues in key ‘points’ for therapeutic or preventative purposes. The theory behind the therapy is that certain “trigger points” – probably nerve fibres or receptors – are stimulated with needles which are thought to induce rhythmic discharges that cause a release of endogenous opioids and oxytocin.

Research has been carried out on conditions such as anxiety, stress and back pain, all of which can relate to fertility. Treatment methods have been established for working with assisted fertility and IVF. Click here to see the latest research in acupuncture and fertility.

If you have not had acupuncture before then it is natural to feel slightly apprehensive but many people say that they find the sensation quite pleasant. Some say that they experience a dullness or tingling around the site of the needle but soon this settles down and a state of deep relaxation can be achieved.

About our practitioners

Xing-Hui Liang trained as a traditional Chinese medical doctor at the Zhejiang Traditional Chinese Medical University in China for five years and qualified with a Bachelor of Medicine (MB) degree from the university in 1983. She worked as a traditional Chinese medical doctor and doctor-in-charge in Chinese Medical Hospitals in China before working as an acupuncturist and Chinese herbal medicine doctor in Edinburgh from 1991. She has been practising at Napiers Clinic since 1993 and is a member of the British Acupuncture Council (MBAcC).

Jo Thomson graduated with a Licentiate in Acupuncture from The College of Integrated Chinese Medicine in Reading in 2004. She has been a member of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) since graduating in 2004 and is fully insured via this membership. Jo incorporates Traditional Chinese Medicine and Five Element Constitutional Acupuncture into her practice.

Quintus Farrell has been practising acupuncture since 1996. He studied at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine in Berkshire, learning both Traditional Chinese Medicine and 5 Element acupuncture. The style of acupuncture he practises is holistic, based on you as a person and tailored to you and your body.

Practitioners: Xing-Hui Liang MB, MBAcC

Practitioners: Jo Thomson LicAc, MBAcC

Practitioners: Quintus Farrell LicAc, MBAcC