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Acupuncture - North East

Ruth Burry - Acupuncturist - Lic (Acup) BSc (Hons) MBAcC

Ruth Burry

Ruth Burry has been qualified and working as an acupuncturist since 2002, supporting clients in Surrey, West Sussex, and more recently also in Denmark.

After working for several years as an administrator in professional firms, and a second career as a desktop publisher, Ruth trained full-time for four years at the International College of Oriental Medicine (ICOM) in East Grinstead.

The College is internationally renowned for its philosophical and practical application of the Stems and Branches theory, where it is taught alongside Five Elements theory and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

Practitioners trained in this combined approach can work in greater depth and breadth than achieved with more conventional acupuncture techniques.

Ruth has been a member of the British Acupuncture Council since 2002.



Acupuncture works to help maintain your body’s equilibrium. It involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body to normalise the flow of ‘qi’, your body’s vital energy. For a variety of lifestyle and environmental reasons, qi can become disturbed, depleted or blocked, which can result in some symptoms of pain and illness. In certain instances, traditional acupuncture can be an effective therapy to help restore balance and promote physical and emotional harmony.

Acupuncture North East – Who has acupuncture?

  • Many people turn to acupuncture for help with specific symptoms or to relieve specific pains such as osteoarthritis of the knee.
  • Some use acupuncture because they feel generally unwell but have no obvious diagnosis.
  • Others choose acupuncture simply to enhance their feeling of wellbeing.
  • Acupuncture is considered suitable for all ages including babies and children. It can be used effectively alongside conventional medicine.

What can it do for me?

  • Treatment is aimed at the root of your condition as well as your main symptoms. This approach helps with resolving your problem and enhancing your feeling of wellbeing. You may notice other niggling problems resolve as your main health complaint improves.
  • Because traditional acupuncture aims to treat the whole person rather than specific symptoms in isolation, it can be effective for a range of conditions. Keep in mind that acupuncturists treat the person, not just the condition which they have, so each patient’s treatment plan will be different.
  • Many people return to acupuncture again and again because they find it so beneficial and relaxing. Acupuncture is most effective when used regularly as a course of treatment, and many people see their acupuncturist every 4, 6 or 8 weeks for a ‘top-up’ through the year.

Acupuncture FAQ's

In traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is linked to the belief that disease is caused by disruptions to the flow of energy, or qi (“chee”), in the body. Stimulating acupuncture points on or under the skin by sliding in fine needles just a few millimetres into the skin will release this qi. The normal flow of qi through the channels (called “meridians”) is restored, and the body’s normal functions are resumed – and the symptoms ought to disappear.

Treatments Prices and Times

If you are not sure if we can help, please contact us and we can discuss this with you.

£55 for the first appointment (60 minutes)

£48 for follow-ups (45 minutes)

To arrange an appointment, or for a free 15-minute chat about whether acupuncture is right for you, call Ruth direct on: 07849 171176 or email

BUPA is one of a number of health insurance providers who cover acupuncture provided by members of the British Acupuncture Council.

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