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Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine, Oxfordshire

An insight into the origin of disease/imbalance on an emotional, physical and mental level, while restoring balance and influencing changes in the body and mind


Chinese Herbal Medicine (the combination of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine) - is a powerful and ancient medical system which not only provides clear insight into the origin of disease/imbalance on an emotional, physical and mental level, but also provides effective ways to restore balance. 

The Traditional Chinese medical system is based on the vital “energy” or qi which permeates the universe.  This energy is non tangible, but can be felt. The body and mind are part of this energetic system that is always in a state of flux, rebalancing itself to maintain harmony and health.  However, when the body or mind is overpowered by strong external or internal forces then its self harmonising mechanism can weaken or break down, and manifests in our bodies as pain or disease or emotional stresses.  

Traditional Chinese medicine attempts to restore balance to the body and mind by diagnosing the pattern of disharmony in the qi. It uses acupuncture, herbs, diet and lifestyle changes to restore balance and health.

The method of acupuncture uses fine stainless steel single use sterile needles. Most people find the sensation to be reasonably comfortable and can sometimes instantly feel calmer or energised. The needles are inserted gently into points along a merdian or energy pathway which has access to internal organs to influence changes in the body and mind.

Herbal Medicine
Acupuncture often works integrally with herbs. Herbs are generally prescribed in the form of a formula which is adapted individually and is taken either as capsules, powder of raw herbs.


Hla Myat Saw

Hla Myatsaw is a highly respected therapist who has gained an excellent reputation in the area of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine for her deep level of knowledge, her passion for education and the compassionate and insightful way in which she works. Amongst other things she has been featured in articles in Here's Health magazine, the Sunday Times Style Magazine and This Morning breakfast TV. At Lotus we feel very honoured to have her onboard!


Monika Becker                                       BSYA (Cur Hyp) (Kin)

Born in Munich, Germany, Monika moved to England in 2002. Monika's german professional qualification is as a 'heilpraktikerin' - a highly respected form of natural 'holistic practitioner' whose training involved three years of medical study combined with in depth study in various alternative therapies. Monika practices the 'antique' method of acupuncture which is a very gentle yet powerful form of acupuncture. 

Hla was born in Burma and has lived in England since 1965. She qualified in Acupuncture from the College of Traditional Acupuncture in 1981 and has since been in continuous clinical practice. While pursuing further postgraduate studies in 1989 she met a third generation Vietnamese master Tinh Thong Nguyen, with whom she trained and learned Chinese herbal medicine in an apprenticeship setting. The clinical observations during this time have influenced and formed the basis of how she now practices, with extensive use of pulse readings to read energetic patterns to formulate a diagnosis.

As well as being an experience acupuncturist, Monika is qualified in massage, Reiki, DORN therapy (a gentle form of chiropractic), past life therapy, life coaching, Psych Kinesiology, Biochemical Medicine (Schuessler), fertility treatment, help with fears and phobias, pelvic misalignment and food intolerance testing.

Your initial session will start with a detailed consultation to decide which of Monika's many skills will be best to help you on your path to health and well-being. Please feel free to call or come into the Lotus Retreat for a chat.

What to expect from
a treatment


Your first consultation 

An in depth medical history is taken together with an acupuncture treatment and a herbal prescription. Please bring with you some notes on your past medical history in an approximate chronological order including any memorable life events.  You will also be asked to describe your diet, sleep, bowel motion and urination, menstrual cycle and any other symptoms together with a list of any medications past and present.  

A treatment plan will be discussed and when it might be an appropriate time to review.

Advice on the day of the consultation

The medical history is only one part of the diagnosis.  Traditional diagnosis requires the pulse and tongue reading. The pulse which has 28 qualities gives an indication of the state of the qi of the body is palpated and observation is also made of the tongue. 

Please avoid heavy exercises, saunas, stimulants such as coffee, alcohol which can effect your pulse or drinking coloured fluids eg ribena, coffee or tea or chewing gum which can effect the coating of the tongue.

Consultation fees


Acupuncture treatment with Monika Becker £55.00

First consultation  with Hla Myat Saw £60 (follow up consultations £45.00)

Cost of herbs range from £10 - £25


Concessions are offered to those on low income, please discuss your needs with me.

There is a cancellation policy where a minimum of 24 hours notice within normal working hours is required to avoid the full consultation fee.