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I practice in Sutton Bonington near Loughborough and also in Beeston, Nottingham. My name is Anne Etherton, my house & practice is situated in Sutton Bonington, a small village a few miles off the A6, between Loughborough and Kegworth.

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AddressSutton Bonington
Loughborough LE12 5NJ
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Welcome to Anne Etherton - Acupuncture

My name is Anne Etherton, my house & practice is situated in Sutton Bonington, a small village a few miles off the A6, between Loughborough and Kegworth. I am married and have a daughter.

I was born in Gloucestershire in the early ‘60’s, and grew up there. I attended university in Bristol, where I read Microbiology. After completing my degree, I worked in public health and the food industry. I worked in industry for 13 years before deciding to study Acupuncture. I first met Acupuncture in 1986 when talking to the mother of a friend of mine who was an Acupuncturist. I found the subject fascinating because it treated the person as a whole and it was a method of improving health without using drugs. I studied for 4 years at the Northern College of Acupuncture ( in York, and qualified in 1999 with a Diploma of Acupuncture and a Master of Science from the University of Wales. My MSc was about atopic asthma. I have a Postgraduate Diploma in Chinese Herbal Medicine (Middlesex University) but studied at the Northern College of Acupuncture. I am a Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncturist and Herbalist.

I have done various courses in Japanese acupuncture, Qi gong and Tai Chi and have Reiki Seichem level 3.. I practice in Sutton Bonington near Loughborough and also in Beeston, Nottingham.

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a system of healing, which has been used in China and the East for several thousand years. It uses a holistic approach, which focuses on improving the overall well being of the patient rather than the isolated treatment of specific symptoms. It involves the insertion of needles into certain acupuncture points to rebalance the energy to allow energy to flow evenly around the body.

The energy or 'Qi' flows in channels or meridians around the body. In the body there is a complex system of channels so that Qi can be distributed all over it.

How does it work?

A network of invisible channels of energy (Qi or Chi, pronounced ‘Chee’) runs just beneath the skin’s surface. The Qi moves in a balanced and smooth way in health, but if this becomes unbalanced then pain and illness may result. The Qi can be affected in several ways - there may be too much, too little, it may not flow smoothly, in the wrong direction or it could be a combination any of these. The flow of Qi may be affected by a number of factors, such as emotional states, i.e. stress, grief, anger, or other factors such as poor nutrition, hereditary factors, trauma, weather conditions or infection.

Very fine disposable acupuncture needles are inserted at specific points along the channels to alter the balance of the Qi, thus effecting an energetic change to the body and working to restore health and well being.

The aim of acupuncture when treating a person as a whole is to recover the equilibrium between the emotional, physical and mental aspects of the person.

Chinese Herbal Medicine

What is Chinese Herbal Medicine?

Chinese Herbal Medicine dates back to the 3rd century BC. In AD 65 detailed writings describing many herbs by their properties and actions were produced in a book called the "material medica". There has been a continuous changing response to new illnesses over the centuries and now there is much modern research to back this developmental process and prove efficacy. In Europe animal and mineral products are not used and there are strict controls to protect endangered species.

Herbal medicine uses the same theories and principles as acupuncture but herbs have specific uses and actions and are used with this in mind in formulae which target different aspects of the patient's disharmony. Chinese herbal medicine is part of the eastern medical system that includes herbal, acupuncture, dietary, tuina (massage) and exercise treatments which may be combined in treating a patient.

What is the relationship between herbal medicine and modern pharmacology?

The Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine state on their website that: "There is a growing body of research which indicates that traditional uses of plant remedies and the known pharmacological activity of plant constituents often coincide. However, herbal medicine is distinct from medicine based on pharmaceutical drugs. Firstly, because of the complexity of plant materials it is far more balanced than medicine based on isolated active ingredients and is far less likely to cause side-effects. Secondly, because herbs are typically prescribed in combination, the different components of a formulae balance each other, and they undergo a mutual synergy which increases efficacy and enhances safety. Thirdly, herbal medicine seeks primarily to correct internal imbalances rather than to treat symptoms alone, and therapeutic intervention is designed to encourage this self-healing process."

How do I know that my herbs are safe for me to take?

All RCHM registered practitioners have had a very thorough training from approved training establishments. Herbs have been carefully documented and their effects observed over many centuries. Patient safety is paramount. During your first consultation your condition and any other medicines that you may be taking will be taken into account and possible interactions considered. As with any medication there can be the occasional adverse reaction but this is extremely rare with Chinese Herbal medicine.

All herbs used by Anne are bought from RCHM approved suppliers who comply with the Approved Suppliers Scheme. These suppliers conform to very high standards of general manufacturing practice (GMP), Quality Assurance (QA), Quality Control (QC) plus a clear audit trail.

RCHM members do not use any endangered plant or animal products and the illegal trade of this nature is strongly condemned.

How are herbs taken?

Herbs may be given in different formats. Traditionally loose herbs were given for the patient to boil up to make a liquid extract (decoction) but now they can come as ground herb powders, freeze dried powders or concentrate granules which are diluted in hot water and drunk. The taste varies according to the formula and may take a little getting used to but this is usually a transient phase.

Dosage varies according to the patient's age; the condition being treated; body weight and constitution. A child will be given a proportion of the adult dose according to their body weight or age. The dosage will be advised.

How are herbs selected?

Herbs have different energies relating to their temperature: - cold, cool, warm and hot.

Herbs have different flavours which affect the Qi (the life force) of the body differently: - Sweet herbs strengthen and tonify Qi and nourish Blood. Pungent and acrid herbs disperse and increase the movement of Qi and invigorate and move Blood. Sour and astringent herbs bind body substances and control the organs. Salty herbs soften lumps. Bitter herbs reduce too much Qi and dry up moisture. Bland or neutral herbs tend to drain dampness in the body.

Herbs move energetically in different directions in the body: - Ascending and outward affecting the upper part of the body, descending and inward affecting the lower part of the body.

Herbs enter different channels in the body and affect different organs.

The combination of all of these aspects have to be taken into account by the practitioner when formulating a prescription to address the patients disharmony as the formula is a complex mix of different properties.

A typical session written by a patient

All patients are seen for an initial session, which lasts for an hour and a half. This session is used to identify the patient’s condition or syndrome. This involves taking the patients case history by asking questions about any symptoms the patient may be experiencing, or any diagnosis given by a western physician. There will be questions about the whole of the person such as digestion, sleep, medical history and medication so that an entire picture of the person may be established and from this patterns may be diagnosed so that the problem that is affecting them can be treated. Several traditional methods also may be used such as pulse taking and examining of the tongue. From this initial session, it will be possible to ascertain the type of treatment the patient requires and to design a suitable course of treatment that is tailored to that patient. If someone came with a western medicine diagnosis of hot flushes then there may be up to 5 different syndromes they may be suffering from, so that often no two people will be treated in the same way. The course of treatment may not just involve acupuncture, but in some situations massage, dietary advice, acupressure, electro-acupuncture, magnets and pre-prepared traditional Chinese herbs formulas may be used.

Once the case is taken a prescription of points to treat is decided upon, but this may involve palpation of the area if it is a musculoskeletal problem. The patient is then asked to remove their shoes and socks and appropriate garments depending on the problem but often it is just to roll up their trousers, and then to lie down and relax, which is easy to do in the environment created by Anne. The patient is then asked to take a deep breath and to exhale as the needles are placed in the appropriate points. The needles may be felt as a slight prick when being put in place and then may cause a tingling sensation or a dull ache, or perhaps nothing at all.

The needles are very fine, much smaller than a pin or hypodermic needle, and only enter the skin 1-2 mm on some parts of the body but may go further up to 1- 2 cm on others. All needles are single-use sterile and disposable. Needles are disposed of in the correct manner according to the Department of Health procedures.

The needles are left in place for around 10 - 20 minutes depending on the constitution of the patient, during which time you are left to relax. Anne may rotate the needles during this period to stimulate the Qi. Once all needles have been removed, the patient is encouraged to sit up slowly, to remain seated for a short time and eventually to stand. Anne then gives a few minutes for the patient to compose themselves and then to put on their shoes, at which point the session is over.

Subsequent sessions will be about 45 minutes long. These sessions will be required by the patient usually once a week initially although in very acute situations it might be more, and as the condition improves, less frequently.

In a ‘typical’ session, if such a thing exists, the following may occur; the patient arrives and Anne questions the patient about the symptoms that have improved since the last session, and whether they have any new symptoms. Anne keeps notes on this, to help see if any patterns emerge and to observe the progress of improvement. This may take around 10 minutes.

Anne then observes the patients tongue and takes their pulses and will then decide depending on the information, whether to alter the point’s prescription or to repeat them like last time. The actual treatment session will be similar to the first although treatment time may vary.


  • BSc
  • Diploma in Acupuncture (DipAc)
  • Master of Science in Acupuncture (MSc)
  • Post Graduate Diploma Chinese Herbal Medicine (PGDip)
  • Member of the British Acupuncture Council (MBAcC)
  • Member of the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine (MRCHM)

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