York Traditional Acupuncture

We Provide Exceptional Acupuncture In York

York Traditional Acupuncture is a leading provider of acupuncture in York. We specialise in stress relief, pain management, IBS and digestive issues, fertility and more.

We are members of the British Acupuncture Council and an official Appropriate Provider of Care under the NHS AQP implementation pack for musculoskeletal services. In addition, we keep ourselves at the forefront of the latest advancements and research in health and medicine. It's safe to say your health and well being is in good hands.

Since opening our doors in 2011, we've successfully treated hundreds of people with all sorts of medical conditions.

Our tailored approach to acupuncture ensures our patients in York and surrounding areas receive the best treatment for their conditions.

There's never been a better time to reclaim your health. If you're looking for acupuncture in York, we're here for you. Drop us a message or give us a call and let the path to a healthier you commence.

Local Business

Serving York and surrounding areas

Best acupuncturist in York

According to ThreeBestRated

14 Years of Experience

Practicing acupuncture worldwide

Highly Rated

140+ glowing reviews on Free Index


Owned & led by Tiziana Bertinotti


Acupuncture During Lockdown: A Medical Service

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While we progress through the second national lockdown, I am pleased and relieved at being able to keep my clinic open and continue working with patients.

As a healthcare provider I give acupuncture treatments for a wide range of medical issues. These include chronic pain, fatigue, digestive problems, mental health, and fertility support. Such issues do not disappear just because we are in another lockdown – in fact, many of them worsen, as is the case with our current mental health crisis. According to the Mental Health Foundation, the lockdown measures and pandemic restrictions are having a lasting detrimental effect on our nation’s mental health. By late August 1 in 5 people reported feeling lonely or afraid, and 10% of people reported having suicidal thoughts in the past week.

If this pandemic has taught us anything, it is that we must keep ourselves in optimum health, so we have the strength, mental resilience, and vitality to face our daily challenges.

What counts as a “Medical Issue”?

The World Health Organisation has compiled a list of diseases and disorders that Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Acupuncture has been shown to be effective for.

These conditions include:

· Depression · Pain in the face, neck, shoulder, knee, and lower back

· Dysmenorrhea (period pain)

· Headache

· High and low blood pressure · Rheumatoid arthritis

· Sciatica

· Tennis elbow

· Nausea and vomiting

· Inducing labour and labour pain

· Stroke

· Leukopenia

· Alcohol addiction

· Cancer pain and side-effects of chemo and radiotherapy

· Renal colic

· Herpes Zoster (shingles)

· Gastric pain from gastritis or peptic ulcers

Many of these conditions are conventionally managed with long-term medications that cause dependency and unpleasant side-effects. Because of this, TCM Acupuncture is an ideal way to both manage the condition and reduce the need for strong drugs.

How does Acupuncture help these conditions?

When you visit me for an acupuncture session, I treat you as a whole person, and not just your named condition. Each treatment is unique, based on your symptoms, health history, diet, lifestyle, and balance of Qi (pronounced ‘chee’) – the vital energy flowing through your system. I may see two clients with migraines in the same day, but they will each receive quite different treatments because they are unique individuals!

Acupuncture needling works in the following ways, depending on the health issue in question:

· Improving blood flow to muscles and tissues

· Stimulating the release of natural pain-killing endorphins

· Promoting relaxation

· Triggering activity of anti-inflammatory compounds

· Reducing sensitivity to stress and pain

· Rebalancing neurotransmitters – the chemical compounds that influence mood and wellbeing

· Removing blocks in the natural flow of Qi

Acupuncture is safe to use alongside medications, and I am happy to work alongside doctors and specialists as part of care team to manage serious health issues.

I hope this reassures you about the effectiveness and scope of TCM Acupuncture. If you have any queries about the safety of Acupuncture during the pandemic, please see this post: ‘Coming Out of Lockdown: is Acupuncture Safe?’ or get in touch via ‘phone or email.

Do you have a serious medical issue?

Would you like to use Acupuncture alongside conventional treatments?

Find out whether Acupuncture is suitable for YOU by calling me on 07788 633292 or email info@yorktraditionalacupuncture.co.uk

What do my patients say? Read these independent client testimonials at Free Index


Coming Out of Lockdown: Is Acupuncture Safe?

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The Covid-19 outbreak has certainly made people aware of the importance of good hygiene for disease prevention.

I want to take this opportunity to reassure you and all my clients about the high standards of hygiene and care in my clinic – high standards that have been in place ever since I began practising acupuncture 14 years ago.

Infection control and Acupuncture

As a hands-on therapy, acupuncture requires the utmost care and cleanliness. The Code of Safe Practice issued by the British Acupuncture Council sets out the standards I must meet and maintain every single day, not just during a viral pandemic.

I make sure my practice room is clean and safe for every client by:

- Using disinfectant wipes and handwash

- Practising regular handwashing

- Sanitising the couch and changing the paper couch roll after each appointment

- Keeping my uniform clean and well maintained

- Using the best quality single use needles

- Disposing of needles quickly and safely

These measures have ensured that in 14 years of practise I have never caught anything from a client or passed anything on. Even during my time as an acupuncturist on board cruise ships where I worked through 3 outbreaks of the highly contagious Norovirus and never fell ill once.

Amidst all the fear and uncertainty this virus has brought, I want you to know you can trust my safety standards and feel comfortable coming for treatments.

Acupuncture after lockdown – how can it help?

It has been heart breaking for me to have to stop practising during this crisis. The arrival of Covid-19 didn’t mean that all other health conditions disappeared – far from it! People are more in need than ever of safe effective healthcare and unfortunately the NHS has had to pull back many of their usual services.

On top of this, the stress and uncertainty of lockdown is increasing people’s symptoms of pain, low mood, depression, and anxiety – all of which can benefit from the holistic approach acupuncture provides.

Acupuncture is an established and effective form of care for a wide range of conditions including:

- Pain (joint pain, arthritis, sports injuries, back pain)

- Depression and anxiety

- Digestive issues like Irritable Bowel Syndrome

- Migraines and headaches

- Women’s health (menopause, endometriosis, painful periods, PMT)

- Weight gain

- Smoking and other addictions

I provide individualised care for all my clients that includes acupuncture, and nutrition and lifestyle advice. I aim to understand the root cause of your condition and support your health on level far deeper than any one-size-fits-all medication can.

If you are struggling with your health and would like to look forward to a course of acupuncture treatments once my Clinic reopens (which it will do at the earliest opportunity!) please get in touch as soon as possible.

Call on 07788 633292 or email me at info@yorktraditionalacupuncture.co.uk

What do previous patients say about my services?

Read these independent client testimonials at Free Index


Acupuncture In The Fight Against Covid-19

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The usual winter flu season is being made much worse this year with the dramatic spread of Coronavirus. Here in the UK, Government advice is focusing on regular handwashing, using alcohol hand sanitisers, avoiding physical contact, and self-isolating if you have been exposed to the virus.

These are all effective and useful measures, but what else can be done to reduce our chances of picking up the infection - and easing the symptoms if we do?

Acupuncture: bolstering our natural defences

Traditional Chinese Medicine has much to offer for immune support, with both acupuncture and herbs.

Research has shown that acupuncture can relieve the symptoms of colds and flu by:

  • Enhancing the actions of natural killer cells – our immune system’s SAS soldiers

  • Modulating the number and ratios of immune cell to optimise our defences

  • Stimulating nerves to release endorphins and other chemicals that reduce pain

  • Increasing local microcirculation to alleviate inflammation and swelling

As well as managing actual symptoms, acupuncture can also be used on a regular basis to keep your immune system strong and help prevent infection in the first place. After all, prevention is better and easier than cure!

Chinese Herbs

Chinese herbs are frequently used alongside needling, to enhance and deepen the therapeutic effects. These herbs have a long history of use for managing colds and influenza, and the prescriptions are always tailored to suit your specific needs. This is not a one-size-fits-all approach; in Traditional Chinese Medicine the treatment is always unique to the patient’s pattern of symptoms.

Foods and nutrients to fight Coronavirus

How you look after yourself in-between acupuncture sessions is just as important for immunity as the acupuncture itself. This is why I provide diet and lifestyle advice to my clients.

According to my colleague Registered Nutritionist Sally Duffin, some of the best foods and nutrients for immune health are:

  • Vitamin C found in citrus fruits, broccoli, watercress, peppers, cauliflower, kiwi, and berries. This nutrient has powerful anti-viral and antioxidant actions
  • Vitamin D here in the UK many people are deficient in this vitamin simply because we don’t get enough sunshine. It is advisable to take a supplement between October and April
  • Vitamin A vital for the tissues lining your respiratory tract. Pure vitamin A is found in animal products like butter, eggs, liver, and milk. Beta carotene from orange and yellow fruits and vegetables can be converted into vitamin A by the body
  • Zinc this is especially important for elderly people who are particularly prone to the severe effects of flu and Coronavirus. Many older people take PPI medications for acid reflux (e.g. Omeprazole, Lansoprazole, Nexium) and these medicines reduce the absorption of zinc from foods. Good dietary sources include nuts, pumpkin seeds, fish, red meat and poultry.
  • A good quality, homemade chicken soup packed with ginger and garlic! Both these spices are anti-inflammatory and immune strengthening, whilst the chicken provides zinc and vital proteins.

For more Corona-specific advice, there is research around particular nutrients that can help defend against RNA viruses. These include:

- Spirulina

- N-Acetylcysteine (NAC): a precursor to the powerful antioxidant glutathione. Other glutathione precursors include broccoli, cauliflower, and asparagus

- Selenium: best food sources are Brazil nuts, coconut, shellfish

- Beta glucans

- Elderberry

(ref: M.F. McCarty and J.J. DiNicolantonio, Nutraceuticals have potential for boosting the type 1 interferon response to RNA viruses including including influenza and coronavirus Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases)

For more information from Sally on how to strengthen the immune system, please follow this link and watch her video:






Dear patients, I would like to let you know that I will continue to stay open throughout lockdown. As a healthcare provider, I give Acupuncture treatments for medical issues and purposes, and therefore, I will be able to continue to practise. I look forward to continuing to be of service to our community. Tiziana – York Traditional Acupuncture.