Sophie Turnbull

MA (Cantab) | Dip Ac | Dip Nat | Dip Tui Na | MBAcC

Acupuncturist, Naturopath & Tui Na Practitioner




We have all heard that exercise is good for us because it increases blood circulation, which is undoubtedly true. I believe it is for very similar reasons that Acupuncture is so good for us and can benefit anyone.


The optimal circulation of blood throughout the body is one of the most important factors in a person’s overall health. Blood carries oxygen and vital nutrients around our bodies and into our cells. Where blood flow isn’t optimal, this supply of nourishment is reduced, and, if not remedied, this may lead to a gradual decline in cell and tissue health and eventually the overall health of the person.


Exercise and good diet can often improve blood quality and circulation dramatically, however, at times they are not enough to restore healthy blood flow throughout every branch of the intricate vascular network of the body, and in these instances, I believe Acupuncture is one of the best tools we have available to us. Good quality Acupuncture can help to restore a healthy blood flow to areas of pain, weakness or disease, thereby allowing healing to occur.  




My own experience with Chinese Medicine began when, as a child, my mum took me for Acupuncture to help with insomnia and fatigue, with remarkable results. When I began experiencing similar problems while completing my undergraduate degree at Cambridge, and later when working as an Editor in a busy publishing house, I turned to Acupuncture again and eventually came to the decision to retrain.


I qualified in Acupuncture and Naturopathy at the College of Naturopathic Medicine and also hold a diploma in Tui Na Massage (an ancient Chinese Medical massage) from the City College of Acupuncture.  I have sought out experienced and skilled practitioners to observe and learn from throughout my career and continue to study and develop my understanding of Chinese medicine assisting my teacher in a busy North London clinic.


In my own practice, along with traditional Chinese diagnosis by tongue and pulse, I use careful palpation to listen to signs from the body itself, which reveal where blood circulation is blocked or deficient, and then use a combination of Acupuncture and Massage (and often Moxa, Cupping and Gua Sha too) to restore optimal blood flow.  I may also give naturopathic nutritional advice and suggest natural remedies or lifestyle changes to help support your Acupuncture treatment.   


As a member of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC), I abide by its Code of Ethics and Safe Practice and I am covered by full public indemnity and liability insurance.


If you would like to discuss how treatment might help you please contact me.