Acupuncture involves inserting fine needles into specific points on the skin to restore balance and encourage the body to heal itself.


Acupuncture and supporting individuals with an eating disorder

Sarah has a passion and interest in treating individuals with eating disorders.  Sarah completed her PhD and undertook postgraduate research on the use of acupuncture as an adjunct therapy for the treatment of eating disorders (1, 2).  Sarah has extensive experience working with individuals with an eating disorder and using acupuncture to support the whole person and help manage the stress and anxiety that can occur when undertaking eating disorder treatment.

Please feel free to contact Sarah with any questions you have about whether acupuncture might be useful for you. 


Acupuncture supporting Women’s Health and Mental Health symptoms

Acupuncture and acupressure have been shown to be an effective treatment for anxiety (3, 4).

According to two systematic reviews on interventions for Major Depressive Disorder during pregnancy (5-6) acupuncture was found to reduce depressive symptoms based on the Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression (6).   The effect size of acupuncture reducing depressive symptoms was a medium sized reduction; however, other forms of treatment (psychotherapy and interpersonal psychotherapy) were found to have larger effect sizes.  Thus, while acupuncture may help reduce depressive symptoms during pregnancy other forms of treatment to reduce depressive symptoms during pregnancy should be considered.

Stress and anxiety are extremely common in couples experiencing infertility and couples using assisted reproductive techniques (ART) to try to have a baby.  There are a number of papers that report on the use of acupuncture to assist with infertility-related anxiety.   A 2017 systematic review found that acupuncture is an ‘effective technique in controlling the anxiety of infertile women'(7).


Please feel free to contact Sarah with any questions you have about whether acupuncture might be useful for you. 


  1. Fogarty, S., Harris, D., Zaslawski, C., McAinch, A. J., & Stojanovska, L. (2010). Acupuncture as an Adjunct Therapy in the Treatment of Eating Disorders: A Pilot Study. Complement Ther Med, 18(6), 227-276.
  2. Fogarty, S., Smih, C., Touyz, S., Madden, S., Buckett, G., & Hay, P. (2013). Patients with anorexia nervosa receiving acupuncture or acupressure; their view of the therapeutic encounter. Complement Ther Med. doi: 10.1016/j.ctim.2013.08.015.
  3. Au, DWH., Tsang, HWH., Ling, PPM, et al. (2015).  Effects of acupressure on anxiety; a systematic review and meta-analysis.  Acupuncture in Medicine. 33, 353-359.
  4. Rui Ma, Shujun Xu, Xiuyun Wen,Qian Wu,Yanan Wu, et al. (2014) Acupuncture for Generalized Anxiety Disorder: A Systematic Review. J Psychol Psychother 4:155. doi:10.4172/2161-0487.1000155.
  5. Sniezek, D. P., & Siddiqui, I. J. (2013). Acupuncture for Treating Anxiety and Depression in Women: A Clinical Systematic Review. Medical Acupuncture, 25(3), 164–172.
  6. Van Ravesteyn, L. M., Lambregtse – van den Berg, M. P., Hoogendijk, W. J. G., & Kamperman, A. M. (2017). Interventions to treat mental disorders during pregnancy: A systematic review and multiple treatment meta-analysis. PLoS ONE, 12(3), e0173397.
  7. Hassanzadeh Bashtian, M., Latifnejad Roudsari, R., & Sadeghi, R. (2017). Effects of Acupuncture on Anxiety in Infertile Women: A Systematic Review of the Literature. Journal of Midwifery and Reproductive Health, 5(1), 842-848. doi: 10.22038/jmrh.2016.7949.