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Accupuncture for Menopause

Although Charles doesn't work directly to target menopause, he can work to improve some side effects of the hormone imbalance, such as sleep and stress levels.

About Charles

Charles grew up in West London and studied for his first degree at the University of Cambridge, where he researched spiritual healing. He subsequently trained as an acupuncturist at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine, Reading, graduating with a BSc in 2007, before working at Brook Green Clinic from 2008. Mastery of Chinese Medicine involves a lifetime of learning which Charles continues to study to develop his skills. In 2010 he completed a diploma in Tuina, and he has since undertaken further clinical training at Yunnan Provincial Hospital of TCM in Kunming, China. Charles is a member of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC), which is the main regulatory body for traditionally trained acupuncturists in the UK. All members of the BAcC have attained a high level of training and follow strict codes of safe practice and professional conduct. Alongside his acupuncture practice, he maintains a long-term involvement in sport. He rowed in the Great Britain Junior Team and competed at an elite level as a student. He now coaches rowing and has over 25 years of experience in the sport. He brings this experience to the clinic when advising on injury rehabilitation or exercise regimes and his general philosophy of maintaining a positive attitude and making the most of every situation.

What Charles Does

I practice Traditional Chinese Acupuncture according to TCM and 5 Element principles. TCM was developed in modern-day China to meet a wide range of healthcare needs and is the most commonly practised form of acupuncture worldwide. 5 Element acupuncture is a more holistic approach - it is person-focused and can produce a profound sense of well-being. I combine the two methods to form the most appropriate treatment in any situation. 

I use Tuina (Chinese Massage) alongside acupuncture, particularly when treating musculoskeletal conditions. Tuina is based on the same principles as acupuncture but involves massage techniques rather than needles to stimulate the acupuncture points and balance the body's energy. One's state of health is influenced by a wide range of factors, including thoughts, emotions, habitual patterns (physical and mental), diet, exercise and lifestyle, to name but a few. One of Chinese Medicine's greatest strengths is its understanding of how these factors interrelate and give rise to health and disease. I often talk through my knowledge of your condition from a Chinese Medical perspective and advise on lifestyle changes you can make. Although my formal training is in Chinese Medicine, I am influenced by various approaches to health, healing and personal growth. These include Pilates, Yoga, Qigong, Jungian psychology, astrology and the human-centred approach to counselling.


  • BSc (Hons)

  • LicAc

  • DipTn

  • MBAcC

What they treat

Acupuncture has been developed as a complete healthcare system and as such can be used to treat a wide variety of different conditions. Some of the more common conditions that I treat in my clinic include Musculoskeletal conditions - over-use injuries, muscle/tendon strain, neck pain, back pain, shoulder pain etc., tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, to aid healing of bone fractures and recovery from surgery, osteoarthritis Mental/emotional conditions - insomnia, anxiety, headaches, low energy, stress-related disorders Immune system related disorders - low immune system, allergies, auto-immune conditions, sinusitis, cough, shingles, post-viral fatigue Digestive disorders - constipation, diarrhoea, IBS, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, Gynaecological disorders - menstrual disorders, infertility, problems during pregnancy such as morning sickness, preparation for labour and childbirth.