Acupuncture at Worthing Osteopathic & Wellbeing Clinic



Sadie attained her degree in acupuncture with The College of Integrated Chinese Medicine and has been working in the field of fertility and pregnancy since 2005. She specialises in helping people conceive both naturally and alongside assisted reproductive treatment.

Sadie works in an integrated way, spending time to really understand the roadblocks and anxieties you experience around your reproductive health and wellbeing.
As well as acupuncture treatment, Sadie will help you navigate through the minefield of fertility advice and refer you for testing and investigations that might be needed.
From the first consultation you will be guided and cared for with a unique treatment plan that is tailored to your specific fertility needs.

Sadie supports people who are struggling with their wellbeing / fertility for the following reasons:

TTC naturally but nothing’s happening.
Unexplained fertility issues
Miscarriage recovery
Recurrent miscarriage
IVF preparation and support
Getting to the bottom of unsuccessful IVF
Autoimmune disorders
Complex gynaecological issues
Problems with menstrual cycles
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
Pregnancy and postnatal health
Premature Ovarian insufficiency (POI)
Peri menopause

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Nina incorporates the Five Element constitutional approach and TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) into her acupuncture practice. She regularly attends courses to maintain her continuous professional development and is a member of the British Acupuncture Council and the Zita West Network for Reproductive Health, offering support to women through all stages of the reproductive cycle.

This includes working with couples trying to conceive naturally, undergoing IVF and through pregnancy. In addition to this work she has a varied caseload working with people experiencing a wide range of health issues.

Nina’s background includes a long-standing interest in complementary therapies but she originally worked in a more conventional medical field as an occupational therapist with experience in acute hospital settings and community mental health. Nina trained in acupuncture at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine qualifying in 1999. She later returned to the college to work as a practical skills tutor.

Lic Ac Bsc (Hons) MBAcC DipTN RGN

Charlotte Amy Burtenshaw

Charlotte has travelled widely and her 23 years experience as a trained nurse, has given her insight, knowledge and professionalism, to assist with a wide range of clients and their needs, also inspiring her to help people in a more holistic way.
Charlotte completed her BSc (Hons) and Licence for Acupuncture at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine in Reading after 4 years of training, qualifying in both Traditional Chinese Medicine and Five Element Acupuncture.
To compliment her practice, Charlotte has a diploma in Tui-Na, Chinese Massage, following the same principles as Acupuncture. She is also qualified to use Cupping, Moxibustion and Guasha.
Charlotte decided to extend her knowledge further in the area of fertility and gynae and completed a Diploma in this area.
As a member of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC), the UK’s largest professional body of traditional Acupuncture, she adheres to the strict codes and practice of conduct, which ensure safe and vigilant practice.
Charlotte is always looking to enhance her practice by continued professional development, to discover and learn new skills and knowledge, further improving her practice and performance. She practices Qi gong, yoga and meditation daily and carries out other esoteric classes and courses, to maintain and better her own well-being and self-development.




Lic Ac Bsc (Hons) MBAcC DipTN RGN

Charlotte Amy Burtenshaw


Acupuncture is an ancient system of Chinese medicine which has evolved over thousands of years. It is based on the theory that the body is formed of an energetic system.

The energy or Qi running through our bodies forms specific pathways (meridians) along which lie acupuncture points. These points are stimulated by the acupuncturist in various ways in order to facilitate the flow of energy in accordance with the treatment principles. It is when the flow of Qi is disrupted in various ways, through external causes of disease such trauma or climate and/or internal causes of disease, such as emotional disturbance, that illness can arise. It is the acupuncturist’s role in partnership with the client to assist in the re-establishment of the smooth flow of Qi thereby stimulating the body’s own natural healing responses.

Chinese medicine is a holistic treatment, taking mind, body and spirit into consideration. Its gentle and effective approach aims to achieve harmony within the body, to improve health and increase general wellbeing.e to a build-up in toxins in the fluid around the brain and the spinal cord. Some of the poisons caused by infection or inflammation in the head or spine flow through perforations in a bony plate (cribriform plate) just above the nasal sinuses into the lymph ducts of the face and neck. The toxins are also meant to drain down the spinal cord and out into the lymph ducts lying along the spine. In a CFS / ME sufferer, these normal drainage points are congested.

Traditional Five Element acupuncture

Five Element theory is one of the major systems of thought within traditional Chinese medicine.

Also referred to as the “five phase” theory by some practitioners, Five Element theory has been used for more than 2,000 years as a method of diagnosis and treatment. While it is an important component of traditional Chinese medicine, today Five Element theory is not used by every acupuncturist and doctor of oriental medicine; rather, it is employed to a certain degree, depending on the practitioner’s training and education, and the style of acupuncture that he or she practises.

People consult acupuncturists for a number of reasons, but some of the more common conditions are:

  • Menopausal symptoms (hot flushes)
  • Skin complaints (psoriasis)
  • Tiredness/fatigue
  • Musculoskeletal problems (including back pain)
  • Pain management
  • Stress and anxiety and depression
  • Insomnia
  • Bowel and digestive problems
  • Gynaecological complaints

The sympathetic nervous system spreads throughout the entire body affecting every type of tissue, but more importantly receiving messages from all the tissues e.g. skin, muscle, blood vessels, lymph glands and lymphatic vessels.

The latter form an important network of small channels carrying lymph, which is a transparent bodily fluid collected from all tissues and eventually return to the blood. The lymphatic system is basically a secondary waste disposal unit within the body which flushes out the waste products of the cells and foreign bodies that are toxic to us.

The fluid motility in the lymphatic system is helped by pressure from the blood flow in the surrounding blood vessels, and so the lymphatic tissue will be engorged with fluid if the blood circulation is not working properly.

The sympathetic nerves also have been found to control a pump mechanism with the main drainage of the lymphatic system which becomes disturbed in CFS / ME.

The resultant backflow further engorges the lymphatic vessels, especially in the chest and neck.

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