Acupuncture in Central London

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture works to help maintain our body’s equilibrium. Acupuncture involves the use of very fine needles on specific points of the body to regulate the flow of ‘qi’ (sometimes translated as energy) in the body. For a variety of reasons the ‘qi; can become unbalanced, which can result in symptoms such as pain and illness. Traditional acupuncture can be an effective therapy to restore balance and promote physical and emotional harmony.

Treatment is aimed at the root of the condition as well as the symptoms. This approach helps to both resolve the problem and enhance feelings of well-being. You may notice other niggling conditions also resolve as your health improves.

Acupuncture originated in China and is common in far eastern cultures, where it still features in mainstream health care and acupuncture is now widely accepted and used all over the world - and in the UK more and more people are finding out what acupuncture can do for them.

Why Acupuncture in London?

Many people come for acupuncture for help with specific symptoms or to relieve specific pains such as osteoarthritis of the knee.
Some use acupuncture because they feel generally unwell, but have no obvious diagnosis, others choose acupuncture simply to enhance well being.
Because acupuncture aims to treat the whole person it can be effective for a wide range of conditions.

Acupuncture for children in London

Acupuncture is also suitable for children and in my practice children are frequently treated, they do not necessarily need to have needles as there are other ways of treating children without the use of needles.

Benefits of Acupuncture

Acupuncture in London can help with specific symptoms or conditions, it can also help health maintenance and also be used as a preventative measure to maintain well being.

Karolina, 2years old, loves the gentle treatment by Ann Bradford, senior lecturer on the BSc Hons course in acupuncture at the University of Westminster and acupuncturist at the Central London Osteopathy and Sports Injury Clinics.

In 2009 the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommended that acupuncture be made available on the NHS as a cost effective short term treatment for the management of early persistent non-specific lower back pain. You can get more information on current scientific research into the effectiveness of acupuncture by visiting
Herbs: these are used either as a stand-alone therapy or in conjunction with acupuncture. They are prescribed using powders or granules in a pre-prepared form so no cooking required…

Cosmetic Acupuncture

Cosmetic Acupuncture is a natural alternative to Botox injections. The Cosmetic Acupuncture is used to rejuvenate the skin and muscles of the face. Cosmetic acupuncture effectively improves crows feet, deeper wrinkles, dull complexion, dark circles and sagging facial skin. Special equipment is used during the cosmetic acupuncture treatments, which can also be used to benefit acne, cellulite and to firm abdominal skin after weight loss.

Central London Acupuncturists

Ann Bradford, BAcC, RCHM, M.Sc, Acupuncturist

Ann is one of the most experienced experienced acupuncture practitioners in London, who has been in practice for more than 20 years. She uses acupuncture, Tui Na (Chinese Therapeutic Massage) and Kkanpo (Japanese Massage) in her clinic. After completing her training in the UK she traveled to China where she worked in a hospital in Nanjing. She then worked as acupuncturist in an NHS clinic in the Royal Free Hospital before going into private acupuncture practice. For the past 15 years she has been lecturing acupuncture at the University of Westminster, where she is a senior lecturer on the BSc Hons course in acupuncture.

She enjoys treating a wide range of problems including sports and musculo-skeletal injuries. She has special interest areas, which include treatment of women's problems (gynaecological etc) and treatment of children. She has a wide range of alternative techniques to acupuncture for those children (and adults) who are fearful of needles but still want a complete health care.

Neesha Perera, BSc (acu), BAcC, BSc(Biomed), Acupuncturist and fertility acupuncturist

Neesha is presently away on maternity leave.
Neesha is an experienced acupuncturist who has been in private practice since 2004. She has completed an Acupuncture degree and has a prior degree in Biomedical Sciences (King's College London). Her area of special interest is in the use of acupuncture to support fertility, she treats couples undergoing Western fertility treatments, women with poly cystic ovaries and those trying to conceive naturally.

Since 2010 she has worked in a specialised fertility acupuncture clinic and is well experienced in using acupuncture for treating IVF patients from the highly rated private IVF clinics in London. She has attended relevant postgraduate training including Acupuncture for IVF by Zita West & seminars for Fertility Acupuncture hosted by the Royal College of Physicians.

Neesha has also worked for one year in a multi-bed pregnancy clinic supporting women with ailments in all stages of pregnancy to complement her fertility training. The clinic received referrals from Homerton Community midwives. Neesha takes an approach which works alongside orthodox medicine and whilst her treatments are based on Chinese medicine and tailored to the individual, she will also use the insights gained from acupuncture research trials to optimise the potential of each treatment.

Neesha is registered with the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) and upon graduating she did further clinical training at a busy acupuncture institution in SriLanka and did acupuncture for one year at Lambeth NHS Hospital in the award winning Chinese Medicine centre. A variety of conditions were treated there including chronic pain syndromes, menstrual complaints, migraines and sports injuries.

Neesha is also educated in facial acupuncture with the author of "Cosmetic Acupuncture" where special equipment are used to improve wrinkles, complexion and firmness of the skin. For some musculoskeletal conditions she often combines acupuncture with guasha (Japanese massage technique), the combination can be very effective for inflammation & achieving longer lasting muscle relaxation. Neesha has been doing acupuncture in the Central London Osteopathy and Sports Injury Clinics for several years now.

Conditions that patients like to use acupuncture for include

  • Acne
  • Addiction
  • Allergies
  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Back pain
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Constipation
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Depression
  • Dermatitis (Eczema)
  • Diarrhea
  • Diverticular Disease
  • Endometriosis
  • Fibroids
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Flu (and Colds)
  • GERD
  • Gout
  • Hay fever
  • Headache
  • Heartburn
  • Hypertension
  • Indigestion
  • Infertility/IVF support
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Insomnia
  • Male Infertility
  • Menopause
  • Menstrual Cramps
  • Muscle Strain and Sprain
  • Peptic Ulcer
  • Premenstrual Syndrome
  • reventative Medicine
  • Psoriasis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Shingles
  • Sinusitis
  • Stroke rehab
  • Tinnitus
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Ulcerative Colitis


    Karolina 2 years old enjoying her acupuncture treament by acupuncturist Ann Bradford, who treats babies and children ib the City of London, EC1 and N1 near EC2 EC3 EC4 W1 and W2 Acupuncture for babies and children Karolina, 2years old, loves the gentle treatment by Ann Bradford, senior lecturer on the BSc Hons course in acupuncture at the University of Westminster and acupuncturist at the Central London Osteopathy and Sports Injury Clinics acupuncture for children and babies in canary wharf, islington, old street in city of London. Acupuncturist Neesha Perera helping with acupuncture for pregnancy and she also specializes in fertility acupuncture and cosmetic acupuncture.


    Fertility acupuncture

    My husband and i had been trying for a baby for 2 years, with no joy, and no obvious reason why i wasnt getting pregnant, despite having all the tests done. We then decided to carry out a course of Ivf, and after reading many articles decided acupuncture would be a good way to support the process. I came across Neesha who embarked with me on this very important journey. she guided me through each step of the way, providing advise on my diet, encouraging relaxation, and reassurance. I really looked forward to each of my sessions and would definitely recommend Neesha to anyone going through a similar experience. I am now a besotted mother to my baby daughter and I have Neesha to thank for helping me along the way.

    Alexandra Paige

    My husband and I were ttc for a couple of years and I had suffered a miscarriage during this time, we decided to try IVF. Neesha came highly recommended as an acupuncture practitioner in one of the forums we had joined. She tailored the sessions to my specific needs, and never once watched the clock. I found her exceptionally sympathetic and easy to speak to - the sessions felt like therapy! Can't thank her enough for her help - we now have a 3 week old baby daughter from our first IVF cycle! SSÂ. Neesha performing acupuncture fertility acupuncture and cosmetic acupuncture Acupuncturist Neesha Perera.

    Neesha treated me for irregular periods, which I had suffered with since I was fifteen years old. After coming off the pill at the age of 26 I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. A fertility consultant prescribed me metformin to help regulate the periods & a low GI diet to help control my weight, but unfortunately that did nothing for the irregular periods. I was recommended Acupuncture, but was very skeptical of it. I explained my symptoms to Neesha and much to my relief, after 6 sessions I had a period. Then after the next month I found out I was pregnant which was a very pleasant surprise! I had not ovulated for two consecutive cycles ever before, and prior to starting acupuncture had not had a period in 6 months.

    Neesha provided a warm approach to talk about very personal and difficult issues. She achieved what I was told by specialists would be impossible without medication and many hospital visits. It is amazing that after a few hours’ worth of acupuncture sessions with Neesha, I have not only kick-started my periods but also have a baby due in 5 months. I strongly recommend Neesha as an acupuncturist for irregular periods and fertility.
    Mrs Odedra (Project Manager).

    Gynaecology acupuncture

    Yes, the fibroids have improved considerably since Neesha’s treatment. The flow is more manageable and I find that I am not so anxious in the lead up to my periods with very little PMS. I have seen a significant improvement since about January until now (May).

    Tension Headaches

    I was suffering from headaches every day for quite a while and the doctors had said there was nothing they could do as they were tension headaches. I had severe tension in my neck & shoulders that was there continuously and spread to my head at some point every day. I saw Neesha and over the course of a couple of months of seeing her every week to 2 weeks there was a massive improvement. The level of tension decreased and the frequency of headaches had gone down to about twice a week and so I was taking a LOT less painkillers which I had been taking every day previously. She also showed me stretches to help which I had not been shown previously by sports masseurs/doctors, which I found to be quite effective.

    Cosmetic acupuncture

    The treatment was brilliant as I feel and look much better, my boyfriend noticed after the second session, the lines under my eyes are hardly visible now. And the bags which I thought would never go, are hardly there. Plus the treatment made me feel much better in myself. I feel so relieved that there is something I can do to help with the aging process, that doesn’t involve surgery. Neesha is also lovely and put me at ease.

    Claire With osteopathy, physiotherapy, acupuncture and sports injury clinics in kings cross and Shoreditch, we are conveniently located for Central London, the City, North, West, South and East London.

    Our Pentonville Road clinic is serving Islington, Kings Cross, Euston, St Pancras, Moorgate, West end, Camden, City, Chelsea, Harley Street, Kensington, Knightsbridge and post codes: N1, W1, W2, W8, NW1, WC1, WC2, EC1, EC2, EC3, EC4, SE1 for a complete health care. Our Hoxton clinic is serving Shoreditch, City, Hackney, Canary Wharf, Liverpool Street and post codes: EC1, EC2, EC3, EC4, E1, E2, N1.