Heidi Zollinger-Read – Acupuncture

Heidi Zollinger-Read

Heidi is a holistic practitioner. She works to naturally restore your health and wellbeing through Acupuncture, treating you as a whole rather than just a collection of symptoms.

Heidi graduated from the University of Westminster with a BSc in Chinese Medicine Acupuncture after a long career as a nurse in the NHS. She encourages and supports her clients to take control of their own health and lifestyle. She has a particular interest in educating her clients in the critical role that nutrition and lifestyle play in the support and maintenance emotional well being.


Chinese Acupuncture is a system of medicine based on ancient principles stretching back over two thousand years. Acupuncture is based upon the ancient Chinese concept of Qi,(pronounced Chi): the body’s vital energy.

When the flow of Qi is impaired or blocked imbalances occur which manifest as pain or illness: both physical and emotional. Many factors can cause a disruption to the free flow of Qi; stress, diet, lifestyle, injury, infection, illness and the environment.

Acupuncture works to naturally restore the flow of Qi and thus restore the balance of mind and body. Through the insertion of very fine needles at specific sites these blockages can be released, stimulating the body’s own healing process and promoting the free flow of Qi

Traditional Chinese Acupuncture can help with a wide range of conditions, both physical and emotional, including:

  • Stress and Anxiety
  • Chronic and Acute pain (musculoskeletal, headaches, migraines)
  • Gynaecological problems (dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea)
  • Fertility
  • Pregnancy-related conditions
  • Rhinitis
  • Menopause
  • Digestive problems ( bloating and constipation)
  • Insomnia
Tuina Massage

Tuina is an ancient style of massage. It was developed over the last 3000 years, and together with Acupuncture, it is one of the main treatments in Chinese Medicine. It is still widely used in China to treat a range of conditions, both internal and musculoskeletal. Tuina aims to alter the flow of Qi in the patient’s body and to stimulate the patient’s natural healing abilities


Cupping is one of the oldest methods of traditional Chinese medicine. Glass cups are applied to the skin using mild heat to create a vacuum. This vacuum, in turn, gently draws the superficial muscles into the cups helping to stimulate the flow of blood. This balances and realigns the flow of Qi and overcomes the obstruction.

Sometimes the cups are placed on specific acupuncture points, particularly in areas of pain. Other times the cups are moved to create a deep massaging effect on the skin and muscles: this is called gliding cupping.


Guasha involves gently scraping the skin using a massage tool.


Moxibustion or moxa is a woolly herb formed from mugwort leaves which is either placed onto the skin or held just above it. The mona burns slowly, creating a therapeutic heat, which diffuses through the acupuncture point, thus stimulating the flow of Qi, strengthening the blood and maintaining general health. The moxa is removed as soon as the patient feels the sensation of heat.

Heidi may use these therapies alongside Acupuncture, where there is chronic pain or tension to encourage the free flow of blood and QI. If you’d like to understand more, or if you are unsure whether Acupuncture can help you, please get in touch so we can discuss your symptoms. I will always provide an honest assessment of how I can help.