The Devizes Acupuncture Practice  (has moved!)

Tel:  07919 317134 - Sue­ Bishop (BAc BNurs SRN)

Tel:  07840 284684 - Anneli Engburg (LicAc)

Please call with your acupuncture questions or to book an appointment


Diagnosis and first treatment (90 mins) - £80

Acupuncture treatment  (1 hour) - £55

We have a new website... and that's not all that's changed:


We have relocated and are offering acupuncture treatment from Market Lavington and Westbury.

Our old premises
Where we are now

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture, practised in China and other Eastern countries for thousands of years, is often described as a means of relief but, rather than treating a specific, isolated ailment or symptom, it focusses on improving overall well-being.


According to traditional Chinese philosophy, our health is dependent on the body's motivating energy - known as Qi - moving in a smooth and balanced way through a series of channels beneath the skin. Qi consists of equal and opposite qualities - Yin and Yang - and when these become unbalanced illness may result. By inserting fine needles into the channels of energy, an acupuncturist can stimulate the body's own healing response and help restore its natural balance. The flow of Qi can be disturbed by a number of factors such as anxiety, stress, anger, fear or grief, poor nutrition, weather conditions, hereditary factors, infections, poisons and trauma.


The principal aim of acupuncture  is to recover the equilibrium between the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of the individual.

Who has acupuncture?

Many people come to acupuncture for help with specific symptoms or conditions.  These might include:
  • anxiety states
  • arthritis
  • asthma
  • back pain
  • circulatory problems
  • depression
  • facial paralysis
  • fibrositis
  • high blood pressure
  • indeterminate aches and pains
  • insomnia or difficulty sleeping
  • infertility
  • menstrual problems
  • migraines
  • rheumatism
  • sciatica
  • skin conditions
  • ulcers


What does it feel like?

Most people's experience of needles is of those used in injections and blood tests. Acupuncture needles are much finer and are solid rather than hollow. When the needle is inserted, the sensation is often described as a tingling or dull ache.


Needles can be inserted for a second or two or left in place for up to 20 minutes, depending on the effect required. Patients commonly experience a temporary heaviness in the limbs or a pleasant feeling of relaxation.

The benefits of acupuncture frequently include more than just relief from a particular condition. Many people find that it can also lead to increased energy levels, better appetite and sleep, as well as an enhanced sense of overall well-being.


For those who are uncomfortable around needles acupressure can be used instead. Acupressure uses gentle but firm finger pressure on the same points and meridians as acupuncture without the use of needles

What will happen on my first visit?

Your first consultation will be longer than subsequent sessions (approximately 90 minutes). The enables the acupuncturist to assess your general state of health to identify the underlying pattern of disharmony and give you the most effective treatment.


You will be asked about current symptoms and what treatment you have received so far, your medical history (and that of your close family), your diet, digestive system, sleeping patterns and emotional state.

To discover how the energies are flowing in your body the acupuncturist is likely to feel your pulses on both wrists, noting their quality, rhythm and strength. The structure, colour and coating of your tongue also give a good guide to your physical health.


Once enough information has been gathered to determine the likely causes of your problems, the acupuncturist can select the most appropriate treatment. The aim is to discover which energy channels need adjusting for your specific complaint to improve, and which require treatment to boost your overall energy and vitality.

There are around 500 acupuncture points on the body, 100 of which are most commonly used. Stimulation of specific areas on the body affects the functioning of certain organs. However, those areas may not be close to the part of the body where the problem is experienced. For example, although you may suffer from headaches, needles may be inserted in your foot or hand.


In addition to needles, the acupuncturist may also use moxa, a smouldering herb, which is used to warm acupuncture points to encourage the body’s energy to flow smoothly.  Massage or tapping with a rounded probe are techniques particularly suitable for small children or for people with a fear of needles.

How often will I need treatment?

In traditional acupuncture philosophy each person is considered unique, therefore the number of treatments required depends on the individual. Some change is usually felt after the first few treatments. Weekly visits are usually advised at first, although some conditions may need less frequent attention. Each treatment takes 45 minutes to 1 hour.


Sometimes the effects of the treatment are dramatic, and only one or two treatments are required. Other times the effects are more subtle and treatment may be needed over several months.

Should my doctor know?

If you are receiving treatment from your doctor then it makes sense to tell him or her about your plans to have acupuncture. The acupuncture treatment may enable you to reduce or even stop taking some forms of medication, but your doctor should be consulted regarding any change of prescription.


Always tell your acupuncturist about any medication you are taking as this may affect your response to the acupuncture treatment.

Is it safe?

We observe a Code of Safe Practice which lays down stringent standards of hygiene and requires the use of sterile disposable needles.

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BAc. BNurs. SRN.

 Susan Bishop

I've been practising acupuncture for 38 years now.  


One of my earliest childhood memories was of wanting to be a nurse.  I have been interested in forms of medicine that treat the physical, mental and emotional aspects of one's being since my mid-teens.  My desire to nurse and to have some understanding of western medicine led me to obtain a Degree in Nursing at Manchester University.  I graduated in 1979, also qualifying as a State Registered Nurse, a District Nurse and a Health Visitor.  


My work in hospitals and as a Community Sister confirmed to me that the western approach to health care, although useful, was seriously limited by its drug orientation and symptomatic approach.  As much as I loved nursing, I wanted to practice a form of medicine that looked more to the cause of a person's problems and promoted healing fundamentally and naturally.  For me, the ancient teaching of Chinese Medicine, of which Traditional Chinese Acupuncture is a part, provided a comprehensive description of the human condition - body, mind and spirit - with which I felt completely at home.


My acupuncture training began in 1981 with a three-year Licentiate of Acupuncture course at the College of Traditional Chinese Acupuncture, Leamington Spa. This was followed by a Degree in Acupuncture at the same college, from 1986 to 1988, and a further Diploma in Traditional Chinese Medicine (1991-1993) from Reading College of Integrated Chinese Medicine (CICM).  In 1998, I completed an Advanced Acupuncture Course in Beijing, China. 


Over the past years I have continually added to my training with CPD, among which has been a focus on fertility - a particular interest of mine.


I see practising acupuncture as my life’s work; an ever-continuing mindful refinement of diagnostic and treatment skill.  It is my privilege to help people along their life's journey in mind body and spirit by promoting health, happiness, understanding and fulfilment.