Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine

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Restoring balance

About Me:

Ruth Reffell BSc, LicAc, MBAcC,





Massage & Reiki therapist


I have been practising acupuncture since 2010, having obtained a BSc Honours Degree and Licentiate Diploma in Acupuncture from London College of Traditional Acupuncture.  


In 2019 I qualified in Chinese Herbal Medicine, obtaining an EHTPA accredited, Post Graduate Diploma from the Northern College of Acupuncture.  I offer Chinese herbal medicine as a stand-alone treatment, or in conjunction with acupuncture.


In addition, I offer Aromatherapy Massage, Indian Head Massage and Reiki.


I am a fully insured member of the British Acupuncture Council and Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine.

Special Interests:


My particular interests are in women’s healthcare, fertility and dermatology.


I have undertaken further study in obstetric acupuncture with Debra Betts.  This included use of acupuncture for commonly encountered problems in problem, breech presentation, preparation for labour, acupuncture induction and post-natal care. 


I have also taken courses with the gynaecology and fertility expert, Jani White, founder of the Acupuncture Fertility Network.


My interest in fertility led me to extensively research acupuncture’s effectiveness as an adjunctive therapy in IVF treatment. Research shows that acupuncture has a significant positive impact on IVF outcome, Paulus et al, 2002,Smith et al 2006


I have extensive experience in treating infertility, pregnancy nausea and fatigue, and breech presentation.


My training in Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture was in the system of ‘Constitutional Facial Acupuncture’, developed by Mary Elizabeth Wakefield, based on the work of the French Acupuncturist, Jaques Lavier. 

As a holistic treatment, this system views the face as a mirror of the body, mind and emotions.  As well as addressing the client’s concerns about facial aging, underlying imbalances are also treated.

Inspired by the successful treatment of several skin conditions in our student herb clinic, I am undertaking further study and research into the treatment of dermatological conditions with Chinese Herbal Medicine.


"When you touch one thing with deep awareness,
 you touch everything.

- Lao Tzu 


Acupuncture is an ancient system of healing developed over 2000 years ago as part of the system of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

It is based on the principle of Yin and Yang and the concept of vital energy or Qi, (pronounced 'chee') which flows around the body via Channels or Meridians. The harmonious flow of Qi is essential for optimal health. Blockages or deficiencies of Qi are caused by stress, trauma, pathogenic factors, overwork and inadequate nutrition. This may result in pain, fatigue, reduced function, and various emotional and physical 'dis'ease states.

Acupuncturists diagnose, specific 'patterns of disharmony' in the body's subtle energetic system by assessing reported symptoms, together with tongue and pulse signs and other observations. Point combinations are selected to address these patterns, with priorities for treatment being established. Acupuncture treatment involves the insertion of extremely fine needles into specific points on the body. This results in improved flow of Qi, enabling the body to return to a state of health and wellbeing.

The system I use is 'Constitutional Facial Acupuncture Renewal', developed by Mary Elizabeth Wakefield and based on the work of the French acupuncturist, Jacques Lavier. The face is a mirror of the body, mind and emotions. As well as addressing your concerns about facial aging, underlying imbalances in these three areas are treated. I create an individually tailored treatment to maximise the benefits to your health and facial appearance. I encourage clients to make positive lifestyle changes to enhance their treatment outcomes. 


  • Reduces symptoms of Bell's Palsy, neuropathies and TMJ

  • Improves muscle tone

  • Fills out sunken areas

  • Reduces double chin

  • Firms sagging neck, lifts drooping mouth and eyelids

  • Eliminates oedema, reducing puffiness and under eye bags 

  • Tightens pores and brightens the eyes

  • Increases local blood and lymph circulation

  • Improves facial colour and radiance

  • Reduces stress, improves general health and well-being

  • In addition, the benefits of a constitutional treatment address your specific health imbalances


What to expect:

A detailed history is taken and TCM diagnosis made. You choose the area/s of concern you would like me to work on. The treatment begins with a facial massage using pure organic jojoba oil with appropriately selected essential oils. Unlike other facial acupuncture treatments, facial needling in this system is minimal. I use the best quality, ultra-fine, Japanese Seirin needles in all treatments.

Number of treatments:

To achieve optimal results, I would recommend an initial course of 10 weekly treatments. Follow up treatments at 4 to 6 week intervals will help to maintain the benefits.


Chinese herbal medicine has been used for over 2500 years as an effective treatment for a wide range of conditions. I offer Chinese Herbal Medicine either as a stand-alone therapy or in conjunction with acupuncture.


Chinese herbal medicine works in the same principles as acupuncture by restoring physical and energetic harmony to the body. Individualised prescriptions are created to address each patient's unique presentation. These usually draw on one or more formulae from the classical Chinese herbal medicine texts.

Conditions treated:

  • Skin conditions - eczema, psoriasis, acne vulgaris and rosacea

  • Gynaecological - irregular or painful menstruation, amenorrhea, infertility, menopausal problems

  • Digestive problems - bloating, IBS and constipation

  • Fatigue - from various causes

  • Headache and migraine

  • Respiratory - asthma, sinusitis, hay fever, chronic cough

  • Emotional - stress, mood swings, anxiety, insomnia

  • Musculoskeletal - pain, rheumatoid and osteoarthritis


What to expect:

In addition to current symptoms and concerns, a full medical history, and details of current medications and treatments, will be taken at your initial consultation. Tongue and pulse diagnosis form an important aspect of diagnosis and treatment planning.

Herbal prescription:

The herbal prescription comprises several herbs combined together, in powdered form, which can be made into a tea, simply by adding hot water. Typically, the tea is taken twice daily. Herbal medicine may need to be taken for several weeks or months, depending on the severity and duration of the condition,  and the patient’s general health. The prescription will be reviewed as treatment progresses to ensure optimal focus and effectiveness.

Herbs are of the highest purity and quality, supplied by the company Herbprime, and posted direct to your home.

Please contact me by email or phone if you have any questions regarding Chinese Herbal Medicine.


Aromatherapy is the application of essential oils extracted from plants, to promote and maintain physical, psychological and spiritual wellbeing.

Its roots may be found in many ancient healing practices. Evidence from Egyptian papyrus documents dating from 3000 years BC, records the use of plant oils for medicinal and spiritual purposes. Most famously, oil of Frankincense was used in the process of mummification, and is commonly used today  in anti-aging preparations

Aromatherapy massage is a thoroughly enjoyable, deeply relaxing and balancing treatment with physical, emotional and psychological benefits.

Essential Oils:

Essential oils are intensely fragrant, volatile substances, which occur naturally in aromatic plants. The oils are extracted from various parts of the plant - flowers, leaves, stems, berries, peel, wood or roots. As well as the healing benefits bestowed by the oil's fragrance, each oil has it's own special therapeutic action resulting from it's unique chemistry and subtle energetic effect.


I graduated from the Tisserand Institute in 1995 with a Diploma in Holistic Aromatherapy. I have had research on the therapeutic effects of aromatherapy oils and massage on stress and eczema published in The International Journal of Aromatherapy. 



Following a consultation, I select essential oils according to your physical, emotional and psychological needs, ensuring that the fragrances and energetics are complementary and mutually enhancing. The oils are blended  in a carrier or base oil, such as almond, grapeseed or apricot. 

I use oils of the highest quality and purity, supplied by Butterbur and Sage.



Ruth Reffell

07817 791530

17 Landford Rd, SW15 1AQ.

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