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Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture is a system of healing that has been practised in China for thousands of years. It uses an holistic approach to the management of disease as well as the maintenance of health.

Acupuncture involves the insertion of single-use needles to stimulate the body’s energy or Qi (pronounced chee). The needles are inserted into points along specific channels or meridians on the body, where the Qi can be accessed. These needles are not much thicker than a human hair and are not usually felt when they are inserted. However, when the needle reaches the acupuncture point an aching or numb sensation may be felt.

When the body is healthy, Qi flows freely through the channels promoting health and resisting disease. If this flow becomes blocked or weakened, it results in pain and illness.

The first consultation takes between 1 and 1 1/2 hours including treatment. Subsequent appointments last about 45 minutes.

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Laura Catlow BSc Hons DipAc MBAcC

I studied for four years in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture at the Northern College of Acupuncture, York. I also have a degree in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Bradford.

I have been practicing at Sunnyside Clinic since we opened in 2006.
I have also worked at Reproductive health Group (formerly GyneHealth) in Manchester, with Mr Luciano Nardo, consultant gynaecologist, and his team. For more information about the
clinic, and the treatments they provide, please visit

I am a registered member of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) and more information is available on their website: BAcC logo
I am a member of the Acupuncture for Fertility Network ( and also a member of the Acupuncture for Childbirth Team Northwest ( afn

If you would like to read some of the latest research on acupuncture, please visit

As a British Acupuncture Council Member, I am also registered with the Professional Standards Authority. prof_stand_auth

If you are interested in studying acupuncture, please go to the Northern College of Acupuncture website at:

The Northern College of Acupuncture has been running acupuncture courses since 1988. They offer both a BSc and an MSc in acupuncture and also post graduate degrees in nutritional therapy and Chinese herbal medicine. They also run busy teaching clinics at the College which is situated in the centre of historic York. Clinical practice is at the heart of their work, with students involved in the teaching clinic from the start of their courses. The NCA was the first teaching institution of any kind in the UK to offer a University degree in acupuncture and the first to achieve professional accreditation for their acupuncture courses, Chinese herbal medicine and nutritional therapy programmes. programmes. They also make a significant contribution to research by practitioners. Research carried out the College contributed to the NICE back pain guidelines recommending that acupuncture for back pain should be make available on the NHS.

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