Altair de Almeida & Emma Scott

about acupuncture

Acupuncture is a branch of traditional medicine that has been practised in China and the far east for thousands of years. It has been developed, tested, researched and refined over this time into a treatment option accessed by increasing numbers of patients in the West. Without the benefit of modern scientific equipment, the first acupuncturists discovered many now familiar aspects of biomedical science.

The focus of a traditional acupuncturist is on the patient as an individual and not just their specific illness. All symptoms are seen as part of an interconnected pattern. Acupuncture is based on the meridian system and the balance and flow of qi. Qi flows through meridians and illness or pain occur when the meridians become unbalanced or blocked. The qi can no longer flow freely. This might be because of emotional and physical stress, poor nutrition, infection or injury. Treatment involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific points which affect the flow of your body’s qi, or vital energy  and allow the qi to flow freely. This triggers the body’s natural healing response and restores balance. (The terms  qi and vital energy are simplistic but serve the purpose of a basic description).

Conditions it has been used to treat

A growing body of evidence-based clinical research is discovering how the body responds to acupuncture and its benefits for a wide range of common health conditions.

Some people choose acupuncture for something specific, for example; aches and pains, headaches and migraines, depression and anxiety, chronic fatigue, digestive issues, hormonal and menstrual problems. Some choose acupuncture when they can feel their bodily functions are out of balance but have no obvious western medical diagnosis leading to western medical treatment.

Others choose to have regular treatments to improve their general health and well-being. In addition, acupuncture can support fertility and those preparing for and going through IVF.



Emma Scott 

 I qualified from The Acupuncture Academy in Leamington Spa in 2017 and I am a member of the BAcC (British Acupuncture Council). My training was extensive and covered all aspects of Traditional Chinese Medicine with a focus on the Five Element approach.

I have a real passion for Five Element Acupuncture and particularly getting to know my patients to uncover the underlying causes of their condition whether that condition be emotional or physical. I want to understand how a person sees the world and how this affects their health and well-being. I have a particular interest in supporting people living with and beyond a cancer diagnosis. I have undertaken specialist post graduate training and also work one day a week for a cancer charity. Other post graduate training includes NADA protocol, auricular acupuncture and cosmetic acupuncture.

Treatment Details

First consultation: this includes taking a full case history looking at your main complaint as well as all aspects of your general health and well-being. This allows me to develop a comprehensive, individual treatment plan. You will also have your first treatment.

£70 (1 ½ to 2 hours)

Subsequent treatments: Alongside needles, treatments may also include cupping, moxibustion, gua-sha. (with your consent).

£46 (up to 1 hour)

Get in touch

Please get in touch for a free chat to see how I can help you.

Telephone or text: 07882312091

 More information can be found at

Fold Therapist Altair de Almeida

Altair de almeida

I am passionate about helping people be the best that they can be. I have been immersed in Holistic Medicine for over 40 years.  Licentiate in Acupuncture, Member of the British Acupuncture Council for over 20-years, now member of FHT (Federation of Holistic Therapy.

I specialise in 5 Element Acupuncture, which treats the whole person, not just symptoms. We identify the underlying ‘Causative Factor’ (CF) that is established by the age of 7, and lasts your life long. As I treat the CF, many other ailments like digestion, sleep also improve, apart from the main presenting problem.

Treatment Details

The Chinese diagnosis to identify the ‘Causative Factor’ (see above) lasts about two hours. Cost : £46 per hour.

Appointments available most days depending on available spaces. 

Get in touch

For a FREE chat with me to see if I can help you with your particular problem, please phone me on 07855 108 777.

You can email me at or go to  for more information.

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