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About Acu-Balance

Assisting you on your health journey.

Acu-Balance’s mission is to empower individuals to take control of their own health.  Working alongside each individual to achieve positive health outcomes and offer an alternative to the medicalised culture of the West.


Fully licensed Acupuncturist


Convenient locations in Liverpool


Complimentary 15 min initial telephone consultation


Block booking discounts available


Weekend and evening appointments available

About Me

I am a fully licensed Acupuncturist who is trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine to degree level.  I studied at the prestigious Northern College of Acupuncture and now practice acupuncture in Liverpool.

I have a holistic approach and will complete a detailed consultation with you prior to any treatment to address the root cause of any symptoms you may be experiencing rather than just treating the symptoms.

Acupuncture works cumulatively so the more treatments you have the more effective it is!  At initial consultation we can devise a treatment plan aimed at achieving your health goals.

Rachael Sakwa, Licensed Acupuncturist based in Liverpool & Wirral

Acupuncturist, BSc MBAcC

Can Acupuncture help you?

The evidence for the types of conditions that Acupuncture can assist with is impressive!  Here are some of the main ones:

Muscular Skeletal

There are 100,000 GP Consultations every day in the UK regarding Muscular Skeletal problems. Back and joint pain being the most common complaints. Studies have shown that acupuncture helps alleviate chronic pain and it comes without the side effects of more common treatments like surgery and prescription medications.

Digestive Health

Acupuncture is widely recognised as an effective treatment for many digestive disorders including nausea, vomiting, heartburn and stomach pain. Research also show’s that it can be effective for treating chronic constipation, diarrhoea, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Crohn’s disease.

Headaches & Migraines

Headaches are one of the most common complaints in clinical practise, affecting about 80% of the UK. Recent research show’s that Acupuncture helps reduce the frequency of migraines in chronic sufferers. It has been proven to be significantly better than no treatment/basic care for managing migraine, and appears to be at least as effective as prophylactic drug therapy, with no contraindications or unpleasant side effects. As well as prevention it may also be used to alleviate symptoms in acute attacks. New evidence also shows that acupuncture can increase coping mechanisms as well as relieve the primary migraine symptoms.

Mental / Emotional Disorders

Acupuncture has been found to be as effective as conventional medicine for sleep and psycho-emotional disorders. It can also be safely combined with conventional medical treatments helping to reduce their side effects and enhance their beneficial effects. Anxiety, insomnia and depression are often linked and can be a result of chronic stress. A meta-analysis of research regarding the use of acupuncture for insomnia indicates that it is an effective treatment method. Additionally, acupuncture is a holistic medicine, treating not only the symptoms but also the primary cause without medication.

Auto-Immune conditions

There is increasing research to suggest that the auto-immune response whereby the body attacks it’s own cells underpins a number of serious long term conditions. The Inflammatory cascade going haywire is linked to just about everything that can go wrong with us! Acupuncture has been proven time and time again to be one of THE most effective, efficient and affordable forms of pain relief. In recent studies it has been found that Acupuncture provides long-term pain relief along with improvements in physical activity levels, quality of sleep and diminished use of pain medication for conditions including:

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Fibromyalgia
  • Lupus

Respiratory issues can not only be debilitating, but also frightening as the lungs are one of the body’s most vital organs. All of our cells require oxygen, and the lungs are responsible for transporting oxygen into the bloodstream. The purpose of acupuncture is to stimulate blood flow which makes it an ideal treatment for issues with the lungs. The increased blood flow helps support the immune system and dilate the airways, and the strategic placement of the needles can also be used to produce anti-inflammatory agents that relax muscles and improve breathing.

Women’s Health

Acupuncture treats the root cause of your symptoms instead of masking with Medication resulting in hormonal balance being re-established. Acupuncture can help effectively manage the symptoms of the following conditions:-

  • Functional Uterine Bleeding
  • Endometriosis
  • Menopause
  • PMS
  • Fibroids
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
  • Menorrhagia

It is estimated that around one in seven couple experience difficulties in trying to conceive and for those struggling with fertility issues, it can often become all-consuming.

There is now a growing body of evidence to suggest acupuncture can greatly increase a woman’s chance of becoming pregnant, with fertility-focused acupuncture fast-becoming one of the most popular alternative therapies to boost conception.

Other conditions Acupuncture can help with
  • Diabetes Type-2
  • Skin conditons including Eczma, Psoriasis, Shingles
  • Substance Misuse & Addictions
  • Hypertension and Coronary Heart Disease

Treatment Methods

Traditional Acupuncture

A traditional acupuncture technique where fine needles are inserted into the body for therapeutic effect.



A small electrical current is passed between pairs of needles, encouraging the body to release endorphins.


Moxibustion Therapy

A traditional Chinese medicine technique that involves burning mugwort to maintain general health.


Cupping Therapy

An age-old technique used in Chinese medicine to stimulate Acupuncture points or larger areas of the body.


Book a Consultation

Simply leave your details in the contact box below and I’ll get back to you to arrange a free 15 minute telephone consultation to discuss how acupuncture can help you.