Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine & Craniosacral Therapy in York

The beautiful images on my header are by the artist Len Tabner and used with his kind permission.

Acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and Craniosacral therapy are incredibly powerful, safe, healing modalities that offer a different perspective on health and illness – one that complements conventional medicine. They have helped millions of people the world over and I feel so fortunate to to practice them.  

Over the 30 years I have been practicing I have supported adults (and children) with a multitude of different health conditions as well as providing wellness care. My PhD research was on the treatment of depression with acupuncture.

Please click this link to find out more about clinic treatment – in person appointments. As well as seeing people in my home clinic in York, I also offer an online/remote consultation and prescription service for Chinese herbal medicine. Please click this link to find out more about this service. 

As a therapist, I offer:

  • Care from a registered practitioner – I am registered with the AAC (Association of Acupuncture Clinicians), which is part of the British Acupuncture Federation and the CSTA (Craniosacral Therapy Association). I am also registered with the FTCMP (Federation of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners) and a member of the Herbal Alliance, an umbrella organisation that brings herbal medicine practitioners together.
  • A wealth of experience – I have over 30 years of clinical experience and have trained in the UK, Europe and Asia, in many different styles of practice and techniques.  I am trained in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy,  Classical Acupuncture (following the teachings of Jeffrey Yuen), Five Elements, TCM and a range of classical and modern Japanese approaches to acupuncture, Classical Chinese herbal medicine including Jing Fang and Kampo
  • A caring supportive approach – Mindfulness, resourcing and active listening techniques play an important role in my work to help my clients feel safe to explore underlying issues that create stress and anxiety.
  • A holistic and truly complementary perspective – I look at the whole picture, listening carefully to my client’s illness story and considering all their symptoms to build a picture of imbalances where support is needed. I work with the body not against it. Our bodies have enormous wisdom and healing capacity – far greater than any physician’s. 
  • Care from a health practitioner with an understanding of clinical research and evidence based medicine – I have a PhD in Health Sciences from the University of York.

my treatment room offers a peaceful ambience

“Sylvia is a lovely, thoughtful and intuitive person who makes a very careful diagnosis and prescribes a holistic treatment. The herbs she prescribed for me arrived in the post the day after my appointment and are very gentle and actually taste good! I can feel them gradually working for me already. With Chinese herbal medicine, the prescription is individual and is adjusted as you improve, dealing with every aspect of a condition until full health is restored, with no nasty or frightening side effects. I thoroughly recommend Sylvia and her online appointment service. Talking to her on Skype was almost like being in her clinic” (Catherine T. Kirkudbright, Scotland)

“I highly highly recommend Sylvia’s services, particularly for her knowledge and understanding on Chinese herbs and how they can support health. For several years I saw an acupuncturist back in Australia who also provided Chinese herbs for me each fortnight. These herbs definitely helped me in a number of ways, however there was never any improvement on my primary concern, which was regularly suffering headaches and migraines due an extreme intolerance to sugar, where even prescription pain killers would do little to ease the pain. However within a matter of weeks of seeing Sylvia online, she was able to create a formula for me that was amazing. After almost 8 years of weekly headaches and migraines, I now have so much more freedom to go about my day and not be crippled by pain in bed all day, and I owe it to Sylvia.” (Laura, Leeds)

Please call me on 07779799110 or email me at if you would like to book an appointment (remote consultation or clinic appointment), have an queries, or would like to discuss your health issues.

I look forward to meeting you.