Acupuncture is the time-tested therapy that has been practised in the Far East for thousands of years. The philosophy behind the treatment is that energy lines or meridians circulate around the body. These meridians contain our energy flow or “qi”. It is when this qi is impaired through the body that imbalance and illness occurs. With the insertion of fine needles at various points on the meridian, the energy can be moved or redirected to where it is needed most. In this way the body's balance can be restored and the illness resolved.

The flow of energy can be disrupted in many ways; emotional upset, physical trauma, poor diet or overwork are all common examples. By examining this underlying cause and how it has affected the body, the most appropriate treatment for the patient can be selected. Treating the patient as an individual is at the core of the acupuncture treatment and it is this that helps allow the body to rebalance itself.

Blocked energy can manifest itself in areas that are painful or are particularly cold or hot, or a different colour. These signs can help determine which points are most suitable.

Western medicine has different opinions on how acupuncture works but in short, no one is really sure. However trial after trial consistently proves it effectiveness.

Acupuncture also includes other techniques such as cupping, moxibustion or acupressure.

Weidong Huang - Acupuncturist and Doctor of Chinese Medicine
PhD, MSc Medicine, MATCM

Weidong is the first person in the UK to have a Chinese higher educational qualification specializing in acupuncture and Chinese medicine, and a UK PhD degree specializing in acupuncture.

Weidong qualified at Beijing University of Chinese Medicine (BUCM) following eight years of professional and systematic training in Chinese and western medicine. He has also lectured and practised as a doctor at BUCM. In 2009, he completed his PhD research project in traditional Chinese acupuncture for stress and was awarded a PhD degree by Thames Valley University.

Weidong started practising acupuncture and Chinese medicine in China in 1988. He has practised in the UK since 1999. He is a member of the Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine (UK).



Ingrid Haitink

Ingrid Haitink trained at the Institute for Optimum Nutrition and is recommended by Patrick Holford, Britain’s leading expert in the field of nutrition. Ingrid is a member of the British Association for Nutritional Therapists (BANT).

My diet is OK, why do I need a nutritionist?

There are many routes to health – the most fundamental and the one you can most easily control yourself, is to provide your body with optimum nutrition. Giving your body the best possible intake of nutrients, whilst avoiding factors that can have a detrimental effect on your health, allows it to function optimally.

But how do you know which foods are best? As we are all unique, there is no one diet which is perfect for all of us, all of the time. A nutritionist can help you find a healthy way of eating which is best suited to your individual biochemical strengths and weaknesses and which fits in with the unique demands of your lifestyle.

Optimum nutrition can help:

  • Boost energy levels
  • Fight off infections
  • Improve digestive problems such as bloating, constipation and IBS
  • Reduce mood swings
  • Balance hormones and reduce PMS
  • Control weight problems
  • Alleviate allergies and intolerances
  • Lower cholesterol levels and blood pressure

What to expect from a consultation

Your first consultation will include a review of your medical history and a discussion of your health concerns. This consultation focuses on identifying biochemical imbalances and the impact of your diet and lifestyle on your health. If appropriate, biochemical tests may be recommended to help diagnose potential imbalances. A nutrition program will be devised for you, which will be relative to your health requirements and structured uniquely according to your individual needs.

Most nutritional programmes require simple changes to your diet; more serious problems need a more intensive programme. You will leave your consultation armed with masses of information including a personalised dietary programme, plenty of meal suggestions, recipes and practical advice on how to apply the recommendations on a day-to-day basis. A follow-up consultation is recommended 4-6 weeks later and any subsequent appointments depend on the progress achieved and the level of health desired. Telephone/email support is available for the duration of your programme.

Christina Martin DHNP, AIT, mifM, Mfntp 

Christina specialises in: digestive health, biofeedback therapy, children’s health, and corporate wellbeing.

Christina is qualified as a nutritionist and stress management consultant in 2006 following a three year post graduate diploma in holistic practice, and graduated in 2009.

The first step to supporting your health issue and your journey towards accomplishing good health is with an initial consultation.   The consultation is all about getting to know you and starting to identify the issues that are unbalancing your body.  The consultation gives you the opportunity to discuss and describe your problem(s) and share your thoughts and feelings, as well as what health objectives you hope to achieve.  Your health history, current lifestyle and diet are reviewed in detail.  Laboratory testing is available to confirm any nutrient deficiencies, food intolerances or suspected health issues which are drawn from the case.  Once the areas of your body that are out of balance, along with any nutritional and lifestyle challenges have been identified, this information is used to formulate a personal health programme for you to follow.  This includes a bespoke dietary plan as well as lifestyle advice.  You will also be encouraged to acquire self-help skills to take ownership of your own well-being.  Often if you have had a long standing health issue, it may take some time to repair but the tailored programme will provide the building blocks to bring your body back to health. 






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