How Can Acupuncture Help You?

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an ancient healing art that originates in China. There are ancient Chinese texts written over 2000 years ago which describes a system of diagnosis and treatment which correlate with modern acupuncture texts. It is, therefore, a well-established system that has preventative medicine at its heart.

What Does The Science Say?

The W.H.O. World Health Organisation has reviewed the research carried out and issued a list of conditions that have shown benefit from acupuncture treatment some of which are listed below.

Pain, back pain, sciatica, fertility and gynaecology, headache, arthritis, addiction, nausea, preparation of labour, breech presentation, digestive issues, insomnia.

Acupuncture is not only excellent for the treatment of conditions but is also a very effective preventative medicine tool which can be used when one is well to manage stress and to maintain health.

What Happens On My First Visit?

Acupuncture Consultation

At the first consultation, a detailed history is taken. This will enable Clare or Gregg to formulate a treatment protocol and start to think of dietary and lifestyle advice that will help support your treatment.


Treatment with acupuncture involves the insertion of very thin, sterilised, single-use needles into certain points of the body. Acupuncture does not hurt and is very relaxing. An average of 12 to 14 needles are used during a treatment. Needles are left in place for 30-35 minutes. A full consultation lasts 45 minutes to one hour.

Our Acupuncturists


Gregg Hartnett (TCM) Gregg Hartnett is a Licenced Practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine under Professor Thomas J Shanahan of The Irish College of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Gregg uses many different aspects of Traditional Chinese Medicine to do a full Chinese Diagnosis of his Clients such as Pulse Diagnosis, Tongue Diagnosis, Looking Diagnosis to name a few and uses different techniques to treat his clients such as Acupuncture, Moxibustion, Cupping, Lifestyle advice, Dietary advice and much more to treat many problems for instance:

  • Sports/Gym related injuries
  • Insomnia
  • Stress
  • Back pain
  • Headaches/Migraines
  • Arthritis
  • Heart Problems
  • Cold & Flu
  • Infertility

Gregg has practiced and taught these arts in many countries such as Thailand, Australia, New Zealand. Gregg Hartnett is a Certified Instructor of Qi Gong, Shaolin Kung Fu under Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit of Shaolin Wahnam Institute of Malaysia since 2005 and is a co-founder of Wahnam Ireland and founder of Shaolin Wahnam Dublin and is currently teaching Qi Gong classes in The elbowroom.

Clare Foley (Acupuncture) Clare is a highly experienced acupuncturist and naturopathic health counsellor at The elbowroom Clinic & Holistic Centre. After studying naturopathic medicine in Dublin, she spent seven months training in integrative medicine hospitals in Beijing, training under expert doctors in a variety of medical departments. She went on to study science to Masters level biophysics with research in global brain dynamics. Clare is a board member of the Acupuncture Council of Ireland.

Clare helps her clients discover the causes and triggers of disease for each individual. She advises on how to get back to a state of health and balance using practical diet and lifestyle changes. As well as the acupuncture treatment, clients are given useful information on how to manage and control their condition themselves.


Booking Your Appointment

To book an appointment with any of our therapists please call 01 677 9859 or email

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