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Acupuncture at Alternatives

We have two Acupuncturists at Alternatives,Northwood.

Malti Shah ( Traditional Eastern Style ) and Suzanne Cooper ( Osteopath incorporating Medical Acupuncture )

Malti Shah

Malti is a fully qualified acupuncture practitioner and a registered member of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC ). Since gaining her licentiate at The London College of Traditional Acupuncture in 2006 she has continued to explore the diversity of treatment approaches including Japanese style acupuncture using gentler techniques with much finer needles and superficial needling which is great news for needle shy patients and children.
Malti treats a wide range of conditions with particular interest in the areas of gynaecology, IVF assistance, paediatrics, musculo-skeletal, dermatology and cosmetic acupuncture known as facial revitalisation.

She also practices Reiki.

Special Interests

Paediatric Acupuncture

She uses a style of acupuncture for babies and young children that is unique to Japanese acupuncture. This gentle 'no-needle' approach, called Shonishin, is well tolerated by all children and involves lightly tapping and rubbing the acupuncture meridians. She also teaches this technique to parents who can reinforce the treatment by using it at home.

Musculo-skeletal & pain conditions

Both Japanese Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) provide a versatile range of techniques for addressing pain related conditions. Acupuncture is widely recognised for its benefits in treating musculo-skeletal problems. In May 2006, the health watchdog N.I.C.E endorsed acupuncture for the treatment of back pain.

Facial Revitalisation & dermatology

Malti trained with Virginia Doran the leading US expert and practitioner in the use of acupuncture for facial rejuvenation and uses her facial acupuncture and massage protocol. Ms. Doran has studied extensively with many masters of the healing arts. She has demonstrated her method of Facial Rejuvenation and Acupuncture on several TV networks (CBS News, UPN News, FOX Good Day New York). Virginia was the Acupuncturist for photos in the Fall 1999 Versace catalogue and for a Shape Magazine article on dermatological conditions.

Malti Shah
BSc (Hons) Acupuncture, Lic.Ac., MBAcC
Licentiate of Acupuncture
Member of British Acupuncture Council

For even more information you are welcome to visit her own website by clicking here


Traditional Eastern Acupuncture ( Malti ) involves the insertion of fine needles into the skin to stimulate certain acupuncture points. There are over 300 of these points on the body and the insertion is shallow and should not be painful ( no greater than plucking hair from your skin ). It has become recognised by western doctors. Fully qualified Traditional Eastern Acupuncturists may in addition to fine needles also use the following modalities :

1 Moxibustion

Moxa (mugwort) has many applications and is used to stimulate channels and points. The heat from this herb is warming, soothing and extremely relaxing. It is very effective for releasing tightness in the muscles, relaxing tension and invigorating the flow of Chi/Qi.

2 Cupping

Special suction is placed on the skin. The suction helps to increase the flow of Chi/Qi in the channels. Cupping improves circulation, releases tight muscles and is especially effective for tension and stiffness in the back & shoulders.

3 Electro Stimulation

Involves the use of a mild pulsating electrical current to stimulate the acupuncture points and is mostly used for chronic pain or neurological disorders.

Malti treats a lot of people with fertility problems including those undergoing IVF, skin conditions and back pain, migraines, etc. The list of conditions that can be treated is very long but would include stress, anxiety, insomnia, PMT, depression, arthritis, incontinence, endometriosis and so on. If in doubt please ask to speak to Malti before making your appointment.

Suzanne Cooper

Suzanne is one of our Osteopaths and does `Dry Needling` or `Western Medical Acupuncture` alongside Osteopathic treatment or on its own, to mainly treat muscular pain. This style of acupuncture usually involves very few needles and they are inserted for a very short time. It is the type of acupuncture that some GP`s use.

We advise that patients inform their doctor of the therapy they are receiving although you do not have to. When you have an appointment do not have a large meal or coffee beforehand and avoid strenuous exercise for at least an hour before. Avoid alcohol on treatment days.

Malti works on Saturdays, some Sundays and some evenings by arrangement. Suzanne is here on Thursdays and Saturdays.

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