01865 819698 :: Effective & Pain-free

Heather Davidson is a qualified, caring and friendly acupuncture

practitioner based in East Oxford. Her clinic runs from the Iffley Turn

Practice, a centre of excellence for acupuncture and osteopathy in Oxford.
The practice is easily accessible, is on regular bus routes and has free parking.


Heather has successfully seen many conditions: from pain and chronic illnesses to fertility,

anxiety and mental health. Please look at the conditions commonly seen here..

If you have questions about acupuncture and whether it can help you, please feel free to ask: heather@oxfordacupuncture.com

Book an appointment on-line here


Heather Davidson

Heather practices Japanese, Five Element & Traditional Chinese Acupuncture (TCM). She is qualified in very gentle “touch needle” Toyohari Acupuncture and has a broad knowledge of conventional Western medicine.

She is a faculty member of the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine in Reading.

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College of Integrated Chinese Medicine

Heather's initial training was at the internationally renowned College of Integrated Chinese Medicine in Reading, U.K, where she gained a BSc(Hons) and Licentiate of Acupuncture (LicAc). Her training also included biomedical sciences.

She is now a faculty member at the college.


An interest in Japanese acupuncture led her to complete a post-graduate qualification in Toyahari, an advanced form of acupuncture that uses very precise methods for taking pulses and providing treatment. It was initially developed and practiced by blind practitioners in Japan, who are highly revered for their heightened sensitivity and perceptive skills.

It remains a growing and dynamic tradition of acupuncture, where practitioners train continuously in groups to improve their skills.

Postgraduate studies include:

  • Trauma, anxiety and PTSD

  • Fertility, Pregnancy and post-natal care

  • Advanced needle techniques

  • NADA protocol (for addiction and trauma)

  • Advanced Moxibustion (moxa)

She continues to do postgraduate studies related to her practice.

British Acupuncture Council

Heather is a British Acupuncture Council with full professional insurance.


I am DBS checked for children and vulnerable adults.


Chronic and Acute conditions

She treats men and women for both chronic illnesses and acute conditions, including pain management and symptom control, supporting them to prevent further illness and get their lives on track.

Here is a list of conditions regularly seen in her clinic.


Fertility & women's health

She helps women through the stages of fertility, pregnancy, labour, post-natal care and the menopause.

Mental health

She has studied and practiced meditation for over 25 years and has a particular interest in mental and emotional issues including trauma, PTSD, anxiety, and depression.
She is approved by Anxiety UK to treat anxiety.



She creates a safe therapeutic environment for her patients. Her approach emphasises the whole person and can bring about profound emotional change and wellbeing.

She helps people solve both the causes and the effects of illness. Getting to the root of the condition helps to achieve long term health improvements, enabling the body and mind to truly repair and re-balance.

Acupuncture works by improving system function, rather than by suppressing symptoms.

Along with the reduction of immediate symptoms people often report a reduction of stress, better sleep, increased energy, feeling "better in themselves" & feeling "more like themselves".

Focus on the Cause

Heather works by looking for the underlying cause or imbalance of a symptom or condition. This approach leads to a longer lasting resolution of symptoms and often seemingly unrelated problems can be resolved at the same time.

Individual Treatments

The make-up of these underlying patterns are specific to each individual and are often historical. Treatment is tailored to each person.

Comfortable Treatments

Heather practices a method of acupuncture that is not painful. Your comfort is a priority and treatments will focus on ensuring that you get the maximum possible benefit from each session.

New, individually packaged and sterilized needles are used for each client and every treatment.

Methods to maximise treatment


Acupuncture is a tried and tested 2000-year-old medical system that uses very fine needles gently inserted into points on the body.

The effect is both stimulating and calming, and influences the function of the organs, muscles, autonomic and other systems of the body.


A Japanese acupuncture school that uses an advanced "touch-needle" technique. This is a specialised technique that uses silver and gold needles to influence the body without penetrating the skin. It feels very gentle and relaxing and is excellent for children and needle-wary adults.


Also known as Moxa. An herbal treatment used to warm the body, improve immunity and the quality of the blood, replenish reserves and activate weak and tired systems.

Especially useful for people who feel the cold.


Glass suction cups move and oxygenate the blood and fluid in the muscles, releasing knots and stiffness. It is a very effective deep tissue therapy, reducing pain, muscle tension and inflammation, whilst improving movement in muscles and joints.

Electro Acupuncture

A fine electric current attached to acupuncture needles to stimulate the points and reduce healing time.

This is especially effective for stroke rehabilitation and Bell's Palsy.

Diet & Lifestyle

There is no “one size fits all” when it comes to diet, exercise and lifestyle.

Specific individualised advice from an oriental medicine perspective that fits with the acupuncture treatments.


Conditions regularly seen at the clinic

The following are regularly seen at the clinic.

If your condition is not on the list, please contact me - the list is not comprehensive.

Please contact me by email or use the contact form if you would like to discuss something not listed here.


For additional information on research carried out on these and other areas please visit the British Acupuncture Council website and World Health Organisation information on acupuncture.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome



Insomnia & sleep disorders


Headaches & Migraines
Hypertension – High blood pressure


Dysmenorrhoea & Cramping
Obstetrics & Childbirth
Premenstrual syndrome

Digestive Issues

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

Bloating & cramps

Skin Conditions

​Allergic Rhinitis

Hayfever & Allergies

Back Pain

Frozen Shoulder

Tennis Elbow
Joint Pain
Sports & Other Injuries

Chronic & Acute Pain

Peripheral Neuropathy

Chemo and Cancer support

Low Immunity


Frequently Asked Questions

What should I wear?

Please wear loose clothing. You'll need to remove shoes, socks and tights for the session.

I will almost always need to be able to access your lower legs and arms from the knee and elbow down.

I will also likely need to access your back and stomach.

You won't ever need to remove underwear, and a clinical robe will be available if you would like one.

Please let me know if you have concerns. Your comfort will always come first, and I will do my best to work with you in the best way possible.

Please turn your phone to silent for appointments.

How many appointments will I need?

The number of appointments will depend on a few things: how long you've had your issue; how your lifestyle impacts this; how acute or severe the complaint is.

This will be assessed in the initial appointment and a treatment plan will be discussed in this appointment.

Will it hurt?

The needles are very fine - about the thickness of a human hair - and although you might on occasion feel the needle as it is inserted, this is usually a slight sensation and not painful.

People usually feel very calm and peaceful during the session. This feeling can last for a while after the session.

Is it safe?

Research shows that acupuncture is one of the safest treatments in the UK. There are seldom side effects, the most common being feeling tired after treatment. Very occasionally a tiny bruise might appear at an acupuncture point.

More information on the safety of acupuncture can be found here: British Acupuncture Council

Is there any research?

Acupuncture is one of the most researched alternative medicine therapies. Research is ongoing and carried out most notably by Harvard University, the University of Beijing, and the University of York. Please visit British Acupuncture Council for more information on specific research.

Do you accept insurance?

Please see section on Price List and Other Information below.



Lucy: Migraine

During 2016, I started to experience migraines around 2-4 times a month. In most cases it ended up with me having to go to bed in a dark room to seek relief.  Having spoken to my GP about it, I was prescribed Sumatriptan which proved effective at calming symptoms, but I wanted to stop the migraines happening.


I started having acupuncture with Heather in and initially this was specifically to treat the migraines. The migraines became very few and far between and I actually cannot remember the last one I had now... more...

Kirsty: Fertility

I started to see Heather for fertility acupuncture back in February 2018 and I’m now in my final trimester. I found my sessions with Heather really relaxing and I really look forward to them. I found Heather was really open and honest about how I was doing and gave me some great advice. I changed my diet, lost a bit of weight and changed my focus. more...

Briget: Insomnia

I’ve never had acupuncture before and had heard that it can help with interrupted sleep patterns - which I had been experiencing for several years. I would go off to sleep with no trouble, good zzzzz for 4 hours then wide awake and finding it hard to just go back to sleep.

Through acupuncture I discovered several reasons this was happening and the treatment has been very helpful in enabling me to sleep for longer before waking and then not to be so fully awake so that I drop off to sleep again more easily... more...

Roy: Anxiety

Following a diagnosis of Generalised Anxiety Disorder, it took two years of a variety of therapies to pluck up the courage to try acupuncture. I was able to speak to Heather in advance of attending the clinic to better understand how treatment works, which was a great help.

Thanks to Heather, I have regained a great deal of my confidence and life that I thought I had lost. My appointments with Heather are a highlight in my calendar and I highly recommend her as a kind, approachable and absolute professional in her field... more...

David: Depression

After the loss of my wife I found life increasingly difficult. I started drinking more frequently, stopped eating, and felt completely lost. One year later and I still could find no reason to carry on without her. A friend recommended I go see Heather and I've never looked back. Not only did the acupuncture help, but having someone receptive to talk to was a tremendous help.

The depression is now in the past... more...


Price List


First appointment

This appointment can take

up to 75 minutes.
I'll take a medical history and assess your main complaint. I'll also ask you about symptoms and other related information.
Please bring a list of any medication that you're taking.

The first appointment will include a treatment.


Follow up appointments

These appointments can take up to 45 minutes.
After the first appointment we will book follow-up appointments. These are initially usually one week apart and will be spaced out as your condition improves.


"First Five" package

For best results five consecutive weekly treatments are recommended after the initial appointment. If you would like to take up this offer please book all five sessions at the same time.
Please note that this doesn’t include the longer First Appointment.


Community Acupuncture


First Appointment

This appointment can take

up to 60 minutes.
I'll take a medical history and assess your main complaint. I'll also ask you about symptoms and other related information.
Please bring a list of any medication that you're taking.


Follow up appointments

These appointments can

take up to 30 minutes.
After the first appointment we will book some follow-up appointments. Initially usually one week apart.

The community acupuncture rates are for people on a low

income including pensioners and students.

You will receive the same quality of treatment as for regular appointments.


Not all conditions lend themselves to this shorter session time.

If this is the case we can discuss this during the first appointment.

Appointment Information



Payment can be made by card, cash or cheque.


Appointments cancelled or changed without 24 hours notice will incur the full fee.

Because 94% of appointments are made at the previous appointment, I do appreciate at least a weeks notice so that other patients do not lose out.

Block-booked appointments require 7 days notice of cancellation or change.


Some health insurance companies cover acupuncture, please check with your insurance company.

Treatments are to be paid for on the day, proof of appointment and payment can be provided for you to claim back from your provider.


Online Bookings

Opening Hours

Wednesday: 1.30 - 6.30pm
Thursday: 10am - 6.30pm
Friday: 1.30 - 6.30pm
Saturday: 9am - 5pm


Book an appointment online below.

If you prefer to book in person call 01865 819698

or email heather@oxfordacupuncture.com

You can contact me to discuss treatment or

to ask advice before booking your first appointment.

All new patients need to book in for the longer first appointment.



3 Church Cowley Rd, Oxford OX4 3JR, UK


01865 819698

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Getting here


The no 3 bus runs between the centre of Oxford and Iffley Village/ Rose Hill. The bus stop is Iffley Turn.

Cycling, walking and driving

The clinic is easily accessible from the ring road and Iffley Road. There is free parking at the clinic and along the road. Please find the map below.