Olivia Shaw

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I am an experienced practitioner of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine practising at the Surbiton Natural Health Centre in Surbiton, Surrey.

I studied Chinese medicine for five years and have a First Class honours degree (BSc) in acupuncture and a Master’s Degree (MSc) in Chinese herbal medicine awarded with distinction from the University of Westminster in London.

I began my working life as a solicitor in the City of London until a meeting with an acupuncturist sparked an interest in Chinese medicine that eventually led to a change of career and a complete change in my life.

After I graduated as an acupuncturist I established my own Chinese medicine practice in north London and I simultaneously worked for nearly two years as a consultant practitioner with the Fertility Support Company. I then spent time working with my friend and colleague Janetta Bensouilah  treating patients with a variety of fertility issues at her busy clinic in Cobham, Surrey (which has since closed following Janetta’s move abroad). 

I have been working in Surbiton since 2012 and over the course of my fifteen years in practice and inspired by the wonderful results that I have often seen achieved with Chinese medicine, I have developed a special interest in treating infertility, women’s health issues, such as PCOS and endometriosis and pregnancy-related conditions

I continue to develop my understanding of Chinese medicine by attending seminars given by leading Chinese medicine practitioners from all over the world and in 2014 I had the opportunity to complete a gynaecology internship at the Shandong TCM Hospital in Jinan, China where I saw Chinese medicine being used to a treat a wide-range of gynaecological conditions and infertility. 

During my fifteen years as an acupuncturist the style of acupuncture that I practise has also evolved and I now use Kiiko Matsumoto-style acupuncture in the majority of my acupuncture treatments (you can read more about Kiiko Matsumoto here). This involves greater reliance on abdominal palpation as part of the diagnostic process and also uses very fine needles, making this style of acupuncture very well-suited to patients who are nervous about needles. 

I am a member of the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine and the Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture UK and abide by their strict Codes of Practice on safety standards and ethical practice. My approach to treatment is thorough, caring and sensitive and I always work with the utmost sensitivity, honesty and integrity to ensure the best outcomes for my patients.