Our approach to care

Both Sarah and Anna have a patient centred approach to care. This means that:-

  • We will work with you to get you better and to enhance your wellness and wellbeing
  • We will listen to your experiences, issues and wishes
  • We will try to understand you as a whole person, integrating both the physical and emotional, and looking at every aspect of your life and history including work, family etc.
  • You can take an active role in your treatment (e.g. setting priorities and goals, looking at lifestyle issues or other things you can do to help yourself)

We are happy to give you as much information as you want about you treatment, and will have regular reviews so both you and your practitioner can assess how treatment is progressing.

Sarah Price PhD, Lic.Ac, DCHM CI (Nanjing)

Member of the British Acupuncture Council and Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine.

Sarah PriceI first qualified in acupuncture in 1986 and continued training for several years after this including two trips to Nanjing, in China for clinical experience. I lived and worked in Bristol for eleven years before moving to Edinburgh to join family here. I have been lecturing in Chinese Medicine since 1994, most recently at the Northern College of Acupuncture as Module Leader on the MSc course in Chinese Medicine, as well as lecturing abroad.

An interest in increasing the evidence base for Chinese Medicine led me to undertake an MSc in Epidemiology at University of Edinburgh in 2004. I recently completed a PhD exploring the effects of acupuncture on breast cancer patients at the University of Leeds. I am now a research fellow at the University of Southampton, investigating the effects of Chinese herbal medicine for asthma. I am also a collaborator on a project at the University of Tromso, Norway, exploring the effects of traditional acupuncture on women with breast cancer during chemotherapy.

I am a member of the Accreditation Committee for the British Acupuncture Accreditation Board, the organisation that sets and maintains standards of education in acupuncture training; and Chair of the Research Committee for the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine; the professional governing body for Chinese herbalists in the UK. I believe in contributing to my profession through research and education where possible.

My focus lies in a whole person approach; that mind and body are integrated and that one affects the other. When we experience trauma and illness such as a distressing diagnosis or health problems my experience and the evidence shows that acupuncture can help with both specific symptoms and has long term benefits such as making it easier to cope and generally improving energy and wellbeing.

Anna Salman MA, PGDipAc

Member of the British Acupuncture Council


photo by Heshani Sothiraj Eddleston

I first became interested in Acupuncture while studying for a degree in Social Anthropology at Cambridge University. I had always been interested in how bodies work, and was intrigued by how you could use tiny needles to make people feel better. 

After spending 2 years teaching English in Spain, I returned to Britain and started working for The British Acupuncture Council. I moved to Edinburgh in 1998, and started studying at the Northern College of Acupuncture the same year. I have been practising in Edinburgh since graduating in 2001, and love being an acupuncturist.

One of the good things about practicing acupuncture is that you see all kinds of people with a whole range of different issues, so it is always interesting. I do have particular experience with pain, emotional issues, women’s health and fertility.

As an acupuncturist, I look at the “whole person”, not simply the symptoms that a person comes with. By seeing and treating the whole person, I find that patients not only get relief from their physical symptoms, but a greater sense of emotional health and wellbeing too.

Apart from running my practice, I have worked as a regional tutor for the Northern College of Acupuncture and have been the regional representative for The British Acupuncture Council. I regularly attend seminars to deepen and broaden my knowledge, and have supervision.

Safety, training and regulation

Several large studies have investigated the safety of acupuncture, and found it to be a very safe intervention. Any side effects that may occur are usually very mild e.g. feeling sleepy after a treatment. Only disposable needles are used.

Both Sarah and Anna are members of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC), which is the largest professional regulatory association of traditional acupuncturists in the UK.

The BAcC sets high standards of practise, ethics and professional conduct that its members must comply with. Members are also insured through the BAcC.

Training is currently to BSc or MSc level in the UK and take between 3 and 4 years to complete. Courses must comply with standards set by the professional regulatory association (BAcC or RCHM – see links below).


Statutory Regulation is currently underway for both acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. Both are currently practised as they would be once statutory regulation is gained.