What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a system of alternative healthcare medicine used all over the world. It is designed to work beyond your symptoms, holistically and individually designed to restore balance in your entire body. More and more people are looking to Acupuncture as a treatment to the health problems the complexities and stresses of our modern-day lifestyles entail. Originating in China, it is one of the eldest, most tried and tested holistic system of medicine used for its profound impact on both body and mind.

Acupuncture helps to remove blockages in the meridian channels that run throughout the body, often caused by imbalances and disharmonies. By inserting fine, sterile single-use needles into specific points in the channels, the blockages are relieved and smooth flow of qi (energy) is restored, promoting health and wellbeing. Recently, MRI scans have shown how acupuncture affects the nervous system, subsequently stimulating the body’s self-healing mechanisms.


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What conditions is it suitable for?

Regular acupuncture can be used both as a means of supporting and treating many conditions, or as maintenance for optimal health and wellbeing.

Common conditions include:

  • Stress and anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Fertility support and IVF
  • Chronic pain
  • Musculoskeletal and joint conditions
  • Men’s health
  • Urinary dysfunction
  • Migraines
  • IBS
  • Auto-immune conditions
  • Pregnancy support
  • PMS
  • Menstrual disorders
  • Menopausal symptoms



Samina Haider

Samina is a fully qualified Acupuncturist and Naturopath. Having been brought up by two health professionals, Samina’s interest in Chinese Medicine and general health and wellbeing stems from a young age. Fascinated by the profound effects of Acupuncture, nutrition and balanced health on the body and mind, she went on to study TCM Acupuncture (Traditional Chinese Medicine) and Naturopathy for 4 years at the College of Naturopathic Medicine in London.

Samina’s study of Naturopathy – a holistic system of natural treatments used to encourage and support the body’s self-healing mechanism, treating beyond just the root cause of disease by supporting physical, mental and emotional systems too – means she is able to approach her clients issues from a broader perspective.

Since qualifying, Samina has undertaken various specialist post-graduate training programmes, including:

  • Fertility and assisted reproduction
  • Sports injuries
  • Pain management

Having recently trained in the NADA UK protocol – a selection of ear acupuncture points used to support treatment of stress, anxiety, substance abuse and PTSD – Samina has volunteered as member and project manager for the World Medicine Foundation and NADA community project supporting the victims of the Grenfell Tower tragedy. To read more about this, head over to World Medicine

Samina is fully insured, and a member of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC), a body which ensures high standards for training, safe practice and professional conducts, and approves their members by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care. Samina is also a member of the Acupuncture Fertility Network.



First consultation: 75 mins
Follow-up appointments: 45 mins

In your first consultation, you can expect:

  • A full case and medical history
  • Pulse readings
  • Tongue observation
  • Treatment

Needles are normally placed in specific points on the body for 20-25mins, and may be stimulated during the session.

A variety of modalities within TCM and Naturopathy may be used in your treatment plans, including:

  • Body acupuncture
  • Electro-acupuncture
  • Cupping
  • Gua-sha
  • Moxibustion
  • Bach Flower remedies
  • Nutrition and lifestyle advice

This multi-disciplinary approach helps to support her client’s healing journeys both in and beyond the treatment room. Many clients report a state of deep relaxation during their treatments.

Booking an appointment

Samina is available at our Blackheath clinic only. For more information on Acupuncture or to book an appointment, please visit Samina’s website

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