Acupuncture is an important part of Chinese Medicine and has been practised and perfected for thousands of years. It works on the basis that there are several channels in the body, through which “qi” (our life energy) runs. When the flow of qi is impaired, discomfort and symptoms of disease may occur.

By inserting very thin, disposable needles in strategic points of the channels, acupuncture aims to restore the normal flow of qi and support the body’s natural healing processes to not only relieve specific symptoms but to improve health and well-being. Although mostly used as a means of pain relief, acupuncture can be used to treat people with a wide range of complaints.

What conditions can be treated with acupuncture?

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has issued an extensive list of conditions that can be treated with acupuncture. These include:

  • chronic pain, including back pain and arthritis
  • depression, anxiety and stress
  • sleeping problems
  • digestive problems including IBS
  • migraines
  • PMS, menstrual irregularities, menopausal syndrome
  • high blood pressure and circulatory problems
  • infertility
  • asthma, sinusitis, bronchitis, hay fever and other respiratory conditions and allergies
  • withdrawal symptoms during detoxification from addictive substances, including alcohol and nicotine
  • symptoms arising during pregnancy such as morning sickness, digestive disturbances, back pain, oedema and others.

Acupuncture also can be used to simply harmonise mind, body and emotions.

British Acupuncture Council

Available Therapists:

  • Sandra Arbelaez
    Acupuncture | Chinese Herbal Medicine | Massage | Reiki
    Sandra Arbelaez
  • Sandra Arbelaez

    Sandra Arbelaez

    Acupuncture | Chinese Herbal Medicine | Massage | Reiki

    Sandra trained as a classical harpist both in Colombia and England and was involved with music for over 15 years. In 1998, she started to explore touch and other healing techniques to overcome illness. Her search for self-healing led her to completely change her lifestyle and try different disciplines that not only helped her restore her health but made her passionate about sharing what she had learned with others. She later decided to abandon her music career and devote herself to working as a therapist.

    Sandra now practises Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine and she is also trained in herapeutic massage and Reiki healing. Since 2000, she has worked as a therapist with victims of domestic violence, terminally ill patients, cancer patients, and with people trying to overcome addictions as well as treating a variety of common ailments in clinics in Bristol and London.

    Sandra has done additional training in ear Acupuncture which is an essential tool during the drug, alcohol, and tobacco detoxification process; and also holds a certificate on the practise of Complementary therapies on people with Cancer from the Penny Brohn Cancer Care centre, formerly known as Bristol Cancer Help Centre.

    In 2011, she was awarded a Master’s in Science with merit by the University of East London for a research project using Chinese Herbal Medicine for the treatment of M.E/CFS. In 2013, Sandra was awarded a scholarship to study at the Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine in China where she spent two months deepening her knowledge of Chinese medicine and learning specialised scalp Acupuncture techniques to treat neurological illnesses.

    Sandra is now training in the Jing Fang system of Chinese herbal medicine which is becoming known worldwide for its effectiveness. Sandra tends to use all the skills she considers necessary to achieve the best results. You may have an acupuncture treatment that also involves Reiki or massage, or both, or you may be offered herbs if your condition is chronic or deep-seated. Sandra considers diet, relaxation and emotional balance integral parts of the healing process and always includes them in the picture. In her view, illness can become an unique opportunity for learning and growth, in which treatment can be not the cause but the
    catalyst for true life changes and healing.

    Sandra is a member of the Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the Register of Chinese Herbal medicine and the Complementary Therapists Association. She has run practices in London and Bristol, worked for four years at the St Peter’s Hospice and for seven years at the CAAAD project for alcohol and drug recovery. She currently works at the West of England Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre and in private practices in Bristol.

    For further information about Sandra, the therapies her offers and treatment prices please visit her website at

    Contact Information

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    Phone: 07947 808 484.
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