Acupuncture in Oxford

acupuncture for health and wellbeing

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture originated in China over 2000 years ago and is used worldwide today. Many people find this ancient art is a practical, safe and drug-free way to keep the body healthy in a complex modern world. Most people come to us with a specific condition in mind and treatment will focus on healing, improving or managing that condition, depending upon what is possible for you as an individual. However, in the course of treatment, many people find that their overall health and sense of vitality is improved, and it is common to see improvement in unexpected areas. This is because, if good health is defined as the body’s ability to maintain equilibrium in the face of life’s challenges, acupuncture treatment is a way of helping the body back into balance and encouraging it to stay there. It does this by regulating the flow of body’s energy. This energy is called ‘qi’ in Chinese medicine and it drives all biological systems and emotional reactions. By inserting very fine needles into specific points on the body, acupuncture encourages the qi to re-balance itself and allows illness to heal.

Before your first session it is useful to bear in mind that many commonly used acupuncture points are located on the lower arms and legs, so it is helpful to wear clothing that allows easy access to these areas. It is also best to ensure that you do not have a completely empty stomach.


Heather Davidson uses acupuncture to treat a wide range of conditions including fertility, menopausal symptoms, and long term chronic illness and pain. She also specializes in emotional health, PTSD, depression and anxiety. She is an approved Anxiety UK practitioner. She integrates traditional Oriental Medicine with Five Element Acupuncture and has a special interest in Japanese Acupuncture. She uses techniques that are gentle and painless, and believes that patient comfort is important in the healing process. She treats both men and women and aims to get to the root of the condition to achieve long term health improvements.Heather trained as an acupuncturist and Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine in Reading. She is a fully insured member of the British Acupuncture Council and is bound by strict codes of ethics and practice.



Emily Carson is an Acupuncturist and Craniosacral Therapist with a BSc (Hons) in Integrated Chinese Medicine and a diploma in Craniosacral Therapy.  She is a a member of the Acupuncture for Childbirth Team (ACT) and one of the founders of the Women's Multibed Acupuncture Clinic in Oxford. Emily works with a particular interest in supporting gynecological health, working to support couples in their journey towards parenthood, and supporting women through pregnancy towards a positive birth and postpartum experience. Her committed yoga and meditation practice greatly inform her clinical work.  In 2006 and 2011 she spent stretches of time studying yoga and philosophy in India which introduced her to the benefits of Pranayama 'the practice of controlling and working with the breath' meditation and the beneficial effect of a mindful movement practice for both body and consciousness.



Mark Bovey has practiced acupuncture in Oxford and Abingdon since qualifying in 1983. He teaches acupuncture and research at The College of Integrated Chinese Medicine in Reading.  Since 2011 he has also been the   Research Manager for the British Acupuncture Council.






Sam Manning has been helping people in Oxford to improve their health for over fifteen years. Sam treats many people presenting with a wide range of conditions; musculo-skeletal, mental-emotional, auto-immune, digestive, menstrual, fertility and more. She is a long-standing member of the Acupuncture for Fertility, Pregnancy and Childbirth Team and for several years I ran a drop-in centre for the homeless and recently housed, where the core of my practice was working with people with mental health issues, and those moving on from addictions. Five years ago I completed a diploma in Paediatric acupuncture and expanded my experience to include treating children.




Tom jennings has been a fully qualified Acupuncturist since 1981, with busy practices in Oxfordshire  and Gloucestershire. He studied at the renowned Leamington Spa College, went on to gain his Masters studying Traditional Chinese Medicine at Reading. Tom’s particular interests are looking at and treating the person as a whole, particularly the psychosocial aspects of pain. He enjoys glider flying, meditation and rugby.






Greg has been in practice since 1989 and treats a wide range of conditions using acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.  He has taught acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine since its inception in 1993.  In recent years, Greg has been developing his interest in Chinese nutritional therapy and has co-authored a book called ‘Chinese Dietary Wisdom’.