Teresa O’Connor – BSc (Hons) MBAcC, Lic Ac. Member of British Acupuncture Council

Registered Acupuncturist with the British Acupuncture Council

Teresa OConnor

Teresa became interested in different approaches to health and well-being during the 1980’s, when she entered a stage in her life where new challenges beckoned. She was drawn to Traditional Chinese Medicine and completed a degree at the London Southbank University.

Having worked for many years in a corporate organisational development role, Teresa is a lifelong learner who values self-growth. She regularly invests in continuing her development as a practitioner.

Teresa said: “My experiences as a practitioner has helped me to a greater understanding of what I want from life and what I want to achieve for my patients. Acupuncture, with its natural philosophy and emphasis on working with the whole person, is really inspiring to me.”

Most recently Teresa spent time at Helongjiang University in Harbin, northern China, working in the university hospital with an eminent doctor in the field on neurology treating strokes and other neurological conditions. She has also completed specialist training in ‘battlefield’ auricular (ear) acupuncture.

Teresa practises:
• Traditional Acupuncture
• Moxibustion
• Cupping
• Tui Na Massage

Teresa has a particular interest in women’s health using her knowledge and experience to support women of all ages through life’s physical, emotional and personal changes. Acupuncture is a wonderful way to help women manage their ever changing cycle of health, by supporting the various organs and channels involved in hormone and stress regulation.

Conditions treated:
• Sleep disorders / insomnia
• Headaches / migraine
• Digestive disorders
• Menopausal systems
• Skin conditions / psoriasis / eczema
• Addictions-smoking
• High/low blood pressure
• Urinary conditions / bowel problems / IBS
• Asthma / sinusitis / hayfever
• Menstrual problems
• Low energy
• Emotional issues including anxiety and stress
• Frequent colds/ coughs – compromised immune system
• Infertility
• Pain Syndromes
• Arthritis

Acupuncture is a safe and reliable therapeutic intervention used by many millions around the world. Agencies such as NICE (National Institute of Clinical Excellence – UK), World Health Organisation recommend Acupuncture. The World Health Organisation (WHO) have highlighted a range of conditions, where Acupuncture is suitable.

What to expect

Although some patients may experience changes after the initial treatment, it is recommended that the initial treatment is followed by a few more sessions to achieve longer lasting benefits.

Usually 5 to 10 treatments are recommended; however your case is individually accessed. Your progress is re-evaluated at each treatment and the recovery time will depend on factors explained at your consultation. You may be asked to keep a ‘symptom diary’ which will be reviewed at each treatment. Symptoms diary Apps are available to support this, if required.

At the first consultation

The first consultation and treatment takes about one hour and consists of an in-depth case history. It would also include an examination of the tongue and the pulse, as well as a brief physical examination, where necessary. The appropriate treatment would be decided on: acupuncture and/or other therapy (if necessary) and the number of necessary treatments will be estimated.

Patients should:
• Wear loose warm clothing that allows access from the elbow to hand and from the knee to foot.
• Bring a list of medications
• Bring any symptom diaries you may have kept
• Give thought to the biggest impact your condition has on your life on your life and the desired change you are seeking.

Follow up consultation

Subsequent treatments will last 45 minutes. Be prepared to share any changes to symptoms or new symptoms (keeping a symptom diary will help).

Patient Testimonials *

Two years ago Sally underwent a hysterectomy to remove a large fibroid. She was thrown into menopause and endured hot flushes, night sweats, and insomnia leaving her exhausted. Although her doctor wanted to put her on a variety of medicines (hormone replacement therapy, high blood pressure pills or antidepressants) she was not willing to endure their side effects. We started acupuncture treatment, and within 2 weeks, she noticed positive results. She was able to sleep through the night,- and her daily hot flushes were not as severe. It gave her hope that she could survive this normal change in a woman’s life. She just wished she had done it sooner!

Susie suffered with PCOS (Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome) for 4 years, which came with Insulin resistance, weight gain and painful periods. Her Doctor put her on medication to help with the insulin resistance which made her very sick. Her doctor also told her she needed to watch what she ate and to exercise. However she found that she was gaining weight and lost her confidence. For the previous 3 years she had also suffered from migraines.
She felt a difference after the first acupuncture treatment and within 3 visits noticed that she wasn’t suffering as badly from painful menstrual cramps. Her period also became regular. After 3 months she had lost weight, didn’t have hunger mood swings, her periods were regular and she did not suffer from as many headaches.

For years Hannah suffered from digestive problems and skin issues and doctors kept wanting to “try” medicines to help her condition.
After one session of acupuncture she slept better and started to feel more relaxed. After just 5 acupuncture sessions her issues had been solved however she chose to continue with monthly treatments to support maintaining optimum health.

Barbara had heard that acupuncture could help some cases of infertility. Teresa explained how acupuncture could improve uterine blood flow and help regulate ovulation. It also helps to feel more balanced and relaxed, all of which conspired to help Barbara to get pregnant. She continued to have acupuncture through her pregnancy and felt that it greatly helped her personal well-being, calmness and general preparation for giving birth.

* Names have been changed to protect the privacy of individuals.