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The Acupuncture Clinic for Fertility, Gynaecology and Pregnancy Care in East Dulwich

Conceive is a specialised acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine clinic, based at The Acupuncture Studios in East Dulwich, Queen’s Park and Hackney. 

Established in 2007 by acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist, Claire Battersby, it specialises in male and female infertility, miscarriage, IVF support, pregnancy care, gynaecological disorders and all aspects of women's health.

We have an expert team of Fertility acupuncturists at Conceive, who are here to support you on your fertility journey, and throughout your pregnancy, to birth.

We are able to establish the appropriate treatment for you, taking into account lifestyle, medical history, Western medical test results, menstrual patterns, basal body temperature, environmental toxins, nutritional, structural and emotional health.

Comprehensive preconception advice is given accordingly, and a unique treatment programme can be drawn up to address each patient's individual needs.

An increasing number of gynaecologists and midwives work together with acupuncturists to support their treatment, and acupuncture has become the number one complementary therapy to support and enhance IVF.

Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine form the core of our treatment at Conceive. We also offer nutrition, functional medicine, Maya abdominal fertility massage, pregnancy massage, reflexology and fertility coaching (including hypnotherapy, EFT and NLP) to provide a truly integrated service.

Acupuncture Clinic in East Dulwich

Services in East Dulwich



At Conceive, acupuncture is one of the principal forms of treatment we offer for male and female infertility and miscarriage, due to its remarkable effectiveness in the field of reproductive medicine. Acupuncture is also recommended for IVF support, and it has been found to increase success rates by up to 60%.

After Conception, we continue to support our patients on their path to parenthood with pregnancy acupuncture. This can be used to treat a wide range conditions associated with pregnancy. In the first trimester, pregnancy acupuncture is particularly indicated for recurrent or threatened miscarriage and symptoms such as morning sickness. In the third trimester, it is commonly used to treat symptoms such as pelvic pain.


It is also recommended in final weeks of pregnancy to prepare for labour or, if necessary, to induce  labour. Acupuncture is also very effective in treating a wide range of gynaecological and hormonal disorders, including endometriosis, blocked fallopian tubes, PCOS, painful periods, heavy periods, lack of periods, irregular cycles, PMT, menopause and hormonal imbalances, such as high FSH, High Prolactin and low progesterone.

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Chinese Herbal Medicine


Chinese herbal medicine is the other principal  form of treatment used at Conceive to treat male and female infertility, miscarriage and gynaecological and hormonal disorders. It can be used in combination with fertility acupuncture or as a stand-alone treatment. Chinese herbal medicine is particularly indicated in chronic and complex cases. It is effective in treating a variety of gynaecological disorders, including endometriosis, adenomyosis, PCOS, blocked fallopian tubes, fibroids, heavy periods, painful periods, irregular cycles, amenorrhea, PMT, menopause and hormonal imbalances, such as high FSH, high prolactin and low Progesterone, as well as hypothyroidism.


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Maya Abdominal Fertility Massage 


The uterus is supported by a complex web of muscles, ligaments and connective tissues. By Softening these supportive structures, Maya abdominal fertility massage promotes the circulation of blood and lymph and benefits nerve supply to the uterus, thereby regulating hormones. It is effective in breaking up adhesions, masses and scar tissue, and is particularly indicated in the treatment of PCOS, endometriosis, ovarian cysts, adenomyosis, Asherman syndrome, blocked fallopian tubes, painful periods, pain, on ovulation, pain during intercourse, unexplained infertility and tilted uterus. It is particularly useful as an adjunctive therapy to fertility acupuncture and should be administered between the end of the period and ovulation. 


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Functional Medicine and Nutrition

Functional medicine offers A holistic, science based approach in the diagnosis and treatment of male and female infertility, miscarriage and gynaecological disorders such as PCOS and endometriosis. Its aim is to uncover and address the root cause of the disease, and treat the body as a hole. Where necessary the practitioner may arrange tests to assess hormones, nutritional deficiencies, environmental toxins as well as other bio chemical factors. She may also test the Seminole, vaginal or intestinal Microbiome where appropriate. Based on the results the practitioner will draw up a personalised treatment program, using diet, nutritional supplements, herbs and lifestyle advice. Functional medicine and nutrition can be used in combination with fertility acupuncture, or as a stand-alone treatment. 


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Pregnancy Massage

During pregnancy, women undergo a myrad of changes, both hormonal and structural, as well as psychosocial. After the first trimester pregnancy massage can be beneficial on helping women to cope with these changes, by relieving stress and anxiety, easing tension in the muscles and promoting blood circulation. It is particularly indicated for the relief of pelvic pain, sciatica, swollen legs, stress and anxiety, and it can be used to prepare for labour in first time mothers.


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Fertility Coaching (including hypnosis, EFT and NLP)

Fertility coaching is a helpful tool to support individuals and couples who are struggling to navigate the challenges of their fertility journey.  It’s aim is to foster a sense of empowerment and self belief and promote emotional well-being. It may be used in combination with fertility acupuncture or as a stand-alone treatment. Our  Fertility Coach, Karen, offers both one-to-one and group sessions.


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The Team
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Rahul Pillai

Acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist

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Anga González

Fertility Expert, Functional Medicine Practitioner and Nutritionist

Angela Lapadula

Acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist

The Team at East Dulwich

Our Practitioners

Karen Deulofeu

Fertility Coach

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Lola Boix


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Erika Pimentel Mendoza

Pregnancy Massage Therapist

Zoom Consultations


Zoom consultations are available for Functional Medicine and Nutrition with Anga González.

To book, please email or call 07957641946.

Prices in East Dulwich





Initial acupuncture consultation: £85 (75-90 mins)

Acupuncture follow-up: £70 (45 mins)

Rahul Pillai also offers a package of 6 follow-up sessions for £390 (valid for 6 months)

Initial consultation with Anga Gonzalez (Acupuncture with Functional Medicine): £95 (90 mins)

Follow-up sessions with Anga Gonzalez: £75 (60 mins) 


Chinese Herbal Medicine 


Initial herbal consultation: £75 (60 mins)

Follow-up consultation: £50 (30 mins) 


The cost of the herbs varies according to the formula and the dosage.

On average the cost is in the region of £23 for a weeks supply of herbs.

Maya Abdominal Fertility Massage


Initial consultation: £85 (60 mins)

Follow-up sessions: £80 (45 mins)

Functional Medicine and Nutrition 


Initial consultation for medicine and nutrition: £150 (45 mins)

Follow-up consultation for functional medicine and nutrition: £120 (30 mins)


Pregnancy Massage

(Please call or email to book an appointment) 


90 min massage: £80

60 min massage: £65

45 min massage: £55

Follow-up sessions: £65 (45 mins) 

Fertility Coaching 


We offer a  range of packages for fertility coaching, as well as a free 30-minute initial consultation.

To see prices of coaching packages, click here.

The Acupuncture Clinic For Fertility, Gynaecology and Pregnancy Care

Oru Space


20-22 Lordship Lane
East Dulwich

London SE22 8HN


Goose Green Clinic


East Dulwich Road
SE22 9AP


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