Getting to the root of issues

My acupuncture treatments focus on identifying your blocks, weaknesses and root imbalances.I don't just want to treat the symptoms of your bad back or migraines, but to get to the root of them, so they don't return. I do this by working on emotions or organs that are out of balance, to restore your whole body's equilibrium. So if you're suffering from stress symptoms such as headaches or irritability, your liver energy Wood element is out of kilter. Reharmonising the liver using needles will address the physical root of the tension and stress, and so alleviate the symptoms, as well as dissolve any suppressed anger that may be triggering them. In the same way, panic attacks, lower back pain and insomnia are signs of weak kidney energy Water element. Stimulating points on your kidney meridians will calm and strengthen you, alleviate anxiety and help to restore good sleep.

After my acupuncture sessions with you I have found myself reacting to situations differently in a more positive, enlightened way. I am so much more aware now of who I am... You are an incredible person. I can see such a good improvement, with my energy shifting. I feel I have started a new, fresh life. Thank you so much for guiding me through all this, Saffron. Inga, Surrey Read more testimonials

Fine needles are inserted into specific points along the acupuncture meridians, activating the Qi, or energy,
and stimulating the body's own healing process. Patients come away feeling calm and centred

How does it work?

Acupuncture works on an energetic, or vibrational, level. Fine needles are used to access the Qi (energy) via meridians linked to the body's organs, to release any blockages in the channels and strengthen weak areas. By stimulating the natural healing capacity of the body, it works on eliminating the root causes of illnesses and conditions on a physical, mental and emotional level, thus helping to bring the body back into balance.

Saffron's treatments took me from being caged by extreme stress, emotion and workplace pressure to feeling free, confident and happy with myself. I'd walk out like I was floating on air. Charlotte, south London Read more testimonials

The origins of acupuncture

Acupuncture comes under the umbrella of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which dates back thousands of years. In fact, TCM is still the main form of medicine in China. Five-element acupuncture was first documented 2,000 years ago, and developed from the 1960s by a western practitioner, J R Worsley. Identifying a link between our organs and emotions (eg the heart is linked to joy, and the liver to anger), Worsley and his predecessors used acupuncture to stimulate the organs, to rebalance a person's emotional and physical health. As many illnesses now predominating in western society, including heart disease and cancer, have emotional issues at their root, acupuncture has become an invaluable form of medicine to treat them.


At the first consultation, I take a detailed case history, from which I make a full diagnosis, taking into account physical, emotional and lifestyle factors. I will also take the pulses, look at the tongue, and give a treatment at the end. I usually recommend a course of regular treatments for the benefits of acupuncture to be fully enjoyed. Tui na, deep Chinese massage, may be used to help release muscular tension and clear stagnation. Cupping and moxibustion (heat) are also part of the Chinese Medicine repertoire.

Booking an appointment

I have clinics in Belsize Park, London NW3, and Marlborough, Wiltshire, SN8. To book an appointment, or for more information, click here.

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'An acupuncture treatment with Saffron is always a calming
and relaxing experience.' RW


Acupuncture can be effective in helping a wide range of complaints, including all stress-related symptoms, headaches, digestive and gynaecological problems, back ache, muscular issues, mental and emotional health.

As it addresses root causes, it can be used to treat most western diseases, either to help cure them or alleviate symptoms and side effects from prescribed drugs


Our deeper organs the kidneys, liver, heart, spleen and lungs store our five main emotions of fear, anger, joy, worry and grief, in the five-element cycle in Chinese Medicine