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It started in the year 1999 when I was working in Japan as a language teacher. I was often overworked, stressed and tired. Nothing seemed to be able to get me back to my usual vibrant self.


Then, one day, a colleague of mine suggested I’d try acupuncture as a way to restore my energy levels and to relieve my stress. I was (as you might expect) somewhat skeptical about acupuncture and concerned about the needles.

Ultimately, however, my sense of adventure led me to embrace the East Asian culture that surrounded me. I had my first acupuncture experience with a blind practitioner (I have since learnt that, in Japan, it is quite common to find blind acupuncturists).

The moment I met Manabu, my skepticism doubled – how was he going to find the right acupuncture points to heal me?

To my surprise though, after just one session, I was able to face my daily challenges with renewed energy. With several more sessions, I was back to my optimistic, energetic self and enjoying life even more than before!

The journey to acupuncture

From Japan, I moved to Australia – Brisbane – to study Traditional Chinese Medicine.

I studied full-time for four years at the Australian College of Natural Medicine (now called the Endeavour College of Natural Health). My studies encompassed both Eastern and Western Medicine and included hundreds of hours of clinical practice.

Upon graduation I received the “Most Outstanding Student Practitioner of Acupuncture” award.

Work Experience

I worked as a Practitioner of Chinese Medicine at various clinics in Brisbane, before deciding to work on a cruise ship in the Caribbean as the official “Resident Acupuncturist at Sea”.

This was a truly remarkable experience! On board the cruise ship, I learnt just how powerful acupuncture can be.

My patients there could usually have only between 1 and 5 acupuncture sessions before disembarking (the length of that particular cruise was 7 days). The truly remarkable phenomenon I discovered was that the results of one acupuncture at sea were the equivalent to having two or even three sessions on land!

Because my patients were on holiday, more relaxed and surrounded by water (a healing element), they were more receptive to healing.

York Traditional Acupuncture

I then returned to York in 2011 (I was here before, between 1995 and 1998 when I attended The University of York where I obtained my Bachelor Degree in History of Art) and immediately set up my practice York Traditional Acupuncture.

I now have a lovely room at the Raylor Centre, on James Street. Since then I have been treating hundreds of people presenting with all sorts of medical conditions, including aches and pains, stress, insomnia, infertility, menopausal symptoms, menstrual issues, gastrointestinal disorders and much, much more.

You can read my patients’ experience in their own words by following this link to their testimonials . I feel privileged and lucky to have been able to help so many people in all these years.

York Traditional Acupuncture has been rated “Best Business of 2017 – 2020” in its own category by the “ThreeBestRated” index. It has also has been successful in the Alternative Medicine and Holistic Health Awards, and has been awarded: Best Acupuncture Clinic 2018 – North Yorkshire.

“Speaking four languages (English, Italian, French, and Spanish) and having lived in six different countries, I understand that you want to be healthier so that you are able to enjoy the lifestyle you deserve.”

– Tiziana Bertinotti.

Formal Qualifications & Memberships

  • BHSc (Acupuncture)
  • Advanced Diploma of Acupuncture
  • Certificate in Clinical Practice in Acupuncture at the China Nanjing International Acupuncture Training Centre.
  • Post-Grad Certificate (Chinese Herbal Medicine)
  • Diploma of Bowen Therapy (Bowtech)
  • Full member of the AAC (Association of Acupuncture Clinicians and the BAF (British Acupuncture Federation)
  • Professional Member of the National Smoking Cessation Institute
  • Professional Member of BackCare UK

British Acupuncture Membership

I am a member of the Association of Acupuncture Clinicians (AAC) and the British Acupuncture Federation (BAF)

I have wide experience using acupuncture to help with an extensive range of ailments, including musculoskeletal pain, stress, insomnia, gastrointestinal, gynaecological and neurological complaints. Whilst in Australia, I also worked as a specialist Laser Acupuncturist to help people quit smoking.

I continue to keep myself at the forefront of the latest advancements and research in health and medicine. I have devoted myself to studying a range of specialities including:

  • Breaking nicotine addiction
  • Weight loss
  • Women’s health and pregnancy
  • Fatigue
  • Back pain
  • Migraines
  • Respiratory conditions

Please note:

I believe in working as a team, I get referrals from doctors, pharmacists, osteopaths, stop smoking institutes, and nutritionists.

Moreover, if I feel that in addition to acupuncture you would also benefit from other forms of therapy, I will have no qualms in referring you to the other professionals I closely work with; such as Chinese herbal medicine specialists, nutritionists, massage therapists, podiatrists and chiropractors.

However, should I think it is best for you to go (or go back) to your GP for further investigation, I would recommend that too.

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What our patients are saying

The best acupuncturist I’ve ever been to. I suffered badly with digestion problems, stress and back pain and was taking lots of medication but it wasn’t helping.

After the first session of acupuncture I had my first good night’s sleep and within my first course of 6 sessions all my problems has dissolved.

She’s a miracle worker and I’m now enjoying a pain free life. Thank you!

Dylan G.

I am truly in awe of what she has done for me and I can’t express my gratitude and admiration for TCM enough. With the acupuncture I received I also followed her dietary and lifestyle advice which has shown me a whole new realm of health and wellbeing. I cut the grass last week with no symptoms! Truly amazing and I couldn’t recommend Tiziana more.

Brittany Mandy

Within the first few weeks I noticed a reduction in my symptoms, and now I am living symptom free for the most part! As a Nutritional Therapist I value Tiziana’s approach to holistic treatment, and I don’t think I would have been able to reclaim my health without the combination of good nutrition and TCM, both of which have helped address the root cause of my symptoms!

I would not hesitate to recommend Tiziana, whatever your needs!

Abby Foreman

Do you want a safe, natural and relaxing way to regain your health?

For a personalised plan or if you have questions about Traditional Acupuncture contact us today.