In a brand new feature here at we’re taking a closer look at our therapies and what they can do for you.

We’re kicking things off with Acupuncture.

Spotlight on Acupuncture in Walthamstow
Therapists:  Sally Lancaster, Lucie Trinephi and Odette Aguirre

Available on: Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays

Most Commonly Treated Conditions: A huge variety but can include tension headaches, migraines, low back pain and stress related conditions.
What advice can you give to someone suffering with tension headaches: avoid coffee and energy drinks and drink more water instead.
What training do you need to become an acupuncturist:

In the UK there are a variety of courses available and they vary in length. Degree level courses take a minimum of 3 years studying. The course covers Chinese medicine theory, anatomy, physiology, pathology, western medical science and requires a minimum of 400 hours in a clinical setting. Other acupuncture courses offer shorter training courses to healthcare professionals. Upon completion you must apply to one of the regulatory bodies in the UK to practice acupuncture.

Lucie completed 4 years of studying at the Middlesex University.   She has a BSc in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Her training also includes Chinese herbs and Tuina massage.
Odette completed a 3 year BSc (Hons) Acupuncture degree at The London College of Traditional Chinese Acupuncture (LCTA) and she is a member of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC), the main regulatory body for the practice of traditional acupuncture in the UK.
Sally has a BSc (Hons) in Chinese Medicine from University of Westminster, and is registered with British Acupuncture Council (BAcC).


What happens during an Acupuncture consultation:  

An acupuncture session begins with a consultation. In order to make a diagnosis, we will ask you about your current health, medical history and life style habits. As part of the consultation, we will find out more information by looking for visual signs, taking your pulse and looking at your tongue.    Based on this we will reach a diagnosis and put together your treatment plan.   We’ll discuss the proposed treatment and answer any questions you may have.

The treatment itself involves the use acupuncture on its own or with a combination of techniques such as cupping or moxibustion. Fine needles are inserted into acupuncture points and are typically retained between 20 to 40 min.  The needles will not necessarily be close to where you experience pain or discomfort.  The needles do not hurt but you may feel a sight tingling or heavy sensation for a few seconds.  Most people feel very relaxed during treatment!

After treatment you will probably feel calm and relaxed. Relief from your symptoms may be felt immediately or within a day or so.  Side effects are usually very mild; you may experience some soreness or light bruising.

We recommend that you wear loose clothing so that we can roll up sleeves and trousers if necessary.


You should try Acupuncture if: you’re in pain and want it to go!

For more information or to book an appointment, call us on 020 8520 5268.