Catherine Huang

Specialist in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicines

Catherine Ying Huang
Specializing in Chinese Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine in Essex
MScCHM., MBAcC., MRCHM.,MATCM., LicOHM., Cert. Ac., Dip. Ac., RGN
张莹 中医硕士 英国注册中医针灸师

6 Lampern Mews
Essex CM12 0FG

near Stock, Ingatestone, Brentwood, Basildon, Wickford and Chelmsford

Telephone: 01277 650971
Mobile: 07803 046458


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BAC Member Dec 2017

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I am an experienced and established Acupuncturist in Essex having practiced Acupuncture for 30 years and have successfully treated thousands of patients in the UK. The aim of my Acupuncture Clinic is to provide highly professional, friendly and personal services to clients in order to improve their health, well-being and quality of life.

I was born and grew up in China and came to England in 1979 after my education. I trained and qualified in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine (CHM) both in China and in the UK. I was a Registered General Nurse (qualified in 1988). I have completed a Master's degree course in Chinese Herbal Medicine at the University of Westminster in 2007.

Many clients have come to my Clinic through word of mouth and GP recommendations, as the Clinic provides exceptionally high quality care and treatment experience for clients in a tranquil and relaxing environment. Consistent and impressive results have been achieved, particularly in the areas of Stop Smoking, Back and Neck Pain, Migraines, Sciatica, IBS, Infertility, Depression and Stress related illness, Body & Joint pains and aches, Alcohol or Drug addictions etc… A list of common problems that can be treated by Acupuncture and Chinese herbal remedies can be found on a separate page at the top.

For the list of fees please click the page 'About My Clinic & Fees' at the top.

Professional Memberships:
I am a member of the British Acupuncture Council; member of the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine; member of The Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine UK. All treatments in my Clinic are fully insured.

My acupuncture practice is based in Billericay, Essex, which is within easy reach from Brentwood, Chelmsford, Maldon, Witham, Basildon, Southend, and Wickford, as well as Romford, Chipping, Ongar and Upminster.


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Testimonial (22) Successful treatment for Neck, Shoulder Pain, and Ganglion, Heavy periods:

" After injuring my neck around 15 years ago, I was getting daily headaches & migraines with constant neck & shoulder pain. I had tried chiropractors, osteopaths & monthly massages over the years but nothing helped or ever solved the problem. This resulted in me having to take very strong painkillers on most days & nothing ever completely got rid of the pain, they just masked it for a while & then it would return.

After only 3 acupuncture sessions with Catherine, my neck & shoulders are 100% better & the pain has gone. I no longer have the daily headaches or any aches & pains in my neck or shoulders. My neck used to click & be all crunchy when I moved it but now all of that has gone.

Catherine used a new technique called Fu’s Subcutaneous Needling or FSN where the needles actually went under the skin & she manoeuvred them expertly to help release the tension & pain I had in my neck. She explained how by stimulating the needles in this layer makes the tightened muscles relax, so the pain will ease & the body will heal itself back to health & this is exactly what happened.

She also worked on a ganglion that I have had in my wrist for over 20 years & after each session, it reduced dramatically in size by half, until it no longer bothered me.

Catherine spent time with me finding out if I had any other health issues. Looking at my tongue & doing my blood pressure, she prescribed me some herbal medicine to help ease my neck pain as well as other problems I had. For years, I’d had very heavy periods with migraines each month & again now after the medicine & the acupuncture, I have since had lighter monthly cycles with virtually no pain at all & no migraines either.

I cannot recommend Catherine enough for what she has done to help me. Not only is she a very talented lady at what she does but a lovely, friendly person who takes time out to make sure you are feeling the best you can be & I am so glad to have met her. I cannot believe how good I feel now. I have got my life back & am out of pain & this is all thanks to Catherine, she truly is amazing. Tracy R. Billericay" 21.06.2018

Testimonial (21) Successful treatment for Sciatica and Back Pain:

"Dear Catherine
We would like to thank you so much for all the help and relief you gave to us on Saturday 25th November.
Patricia my wife was in so much pain it was difficult for her to even get in the car and very difficult for her to walk,after having floating needle in several places on her back she is so much better now and today Monday took our dog's for a walk without your help we would not have managed this.
Thank you so much
Patricia Sumpton" 27.11.2017

Testimonial (20) Successful 5 day course for stop smoking:

"Hi Catherine,

I would just like to thank you very much for your care and professionalism throughout my acupuncture treatment.

From the start, you made me feel very relaxed and comfortable. I thought the service I received was brilliant, professional, personal and most importantly very effective. As you know, I have not smoked a single cigarette since the first appointment I saw you. I've told all my friends and family about it and hope that they will too decide to undertake the treatment.

Once again, thank you for everything. You have made such a big difference and I feel fantastic.

Best wishes,Kathleen Mitchell, from Laindon" 20.10.2014

Testimonial (19) Sciatica and neck pain/stiffness:

"I recently endured six weeks of sciatic nerve pain which would ease during the day… but would often give intense or excruciating pain in my right buttock, right calf and the top of my right foot at night time when I am either relaxing or sleeping. On some occasions, this resulted in a practically sleepless night.

I was seeing my doctor at least once a week desperate for help, but he insisted I take the maximum amount of pain killers and would not offer other treatments or exercises. I tried to get physiotherapy, but my appointment is still 4 weeks away with the NHS, so I started looking for alternatives and decided on acupuncture.

After looking at a number of practices in acupuncture, I came across Catherine’s and read the reviews. I made an enquiry & booked an appointment for some treatment. The first appointment was a combined consultation and treatment lasting approximately 90 minutes, whereby Catherine found out a little bit about me, then began the acupuncture treatment. For anyone scared of needles, let me just say that these needles are ultra-thin and you hardly feel any pain at all… it is marvellous, but the best bit is that after my first treatment, I needed NO pain killers… the excruciating pain in my buttock had GONE completely and I only had residual pins and needles in my calf from time to time and a little joint stiffness, all after the first treatment.

As a result of this vast improvement in my wellbeing, I booked a second treatment with Catherine yesterday, whereby she gave me acupuncture for stiffness in my neck. After this treatment which lasted 60 minutes, I felt marvellous and this is all down to the technique Catherine uses. There is indeed a lot to be said about Chinese medicine and my advice to anyone enduring pain or discomfort, is contact Catherine… don’t suffer in pain!!! It’s the best decision I have made and I would certainly have more treatment here.

Thank you Catherine… you have been marvellous!!! Regards," Trevor Stanbridge, Canvey Island 23.07.2014

Testimonial (18) Successful fertility treatment of a challenging case:

"After one year of trying for a baby we were devastated when we discovered that not only my husband had very low sperm motility and extremely low morphology, but also I had very high FSH, 27. Consequently we visited three fertility clinics and did many tests only to be told that even if we went for IVF our chances of having our own child would be of 5% and they recommended us to go via the egg donation route. After doing some research, acupuncture seemed like the most viable way to lower my FSH, which I needed if we were to have free IVF on the NHS. We both started having weekly sessions and herbal medicines at Catherine's clinic. By November my husband’s sperm count, morphology and motility had all improved significantly and my FSH had come down to 15. Just when we least expected we were far more pleasantly surprised to find out that I had conceived naturally by the end of January, two to three months after seeing Catherine; she also helped me through my pregnancy especially in correcting the baby's position from breech to cephalic presentation. We are just days away from our first son's birth and we know that this would have never been possible without the guidance, care and professionalism of Catherine to whom we are immensely grateful." Mrs E. Chelmsford, September 2010

Testimonial (17) Treating Lower Back Pain after two hip replacement operations of an 83 year old lady:

"Catherine treated my backache last week. I just want to say how grateful I am. The backache had gone. It was like magic. 08.10.2013" Mrs J M Basildon

Testimonial (16) A case of severe Trigeminal Neuralgia:

"I went to see Catherine out of sheer desperation. I have been suffering with Trigeminal Neuralgia for over two years and recently undergone two operations, both of which had failed and had made the condition worse to the point of the pain being relentless and unbearable.
My daughter found Catherine's website and the fact that it mentioned she could treat Trigeminal Neuralgia suggested I should give acupuncture a try, after all nothing else had worked.
I went along for the consultation with my wife as the pain in my face and especially my tongue was so bad at this point I could hardly speak. My wife explained things to Catherine who listened and understood the condition fully, made many notes and she explained things in such a way it all made perfect sense. Catherine also explained how my body was trying to cope with this chronic condition and that she was able to help me. I broke down in tears as the pain was so constant and relentless the thought of someone being able to help me was over whelming.
I had my first session of acupuncture along with the consultation and I could not believe the result. I was able to speak properly with virtually no pain, the pain relief was unbelievable.
I have had six sessions now with Catherine and the results are wonderful. With each session the pain is getting less and less and the area the Trigeminal Neuralgia is affecting is getting smaller and smaller.

Catherine has given me my life back.

It's going to take a few more sessions yet of acupuncture and her Herbal tea but Catherine has achieved more in 3 weeks than the experts have done in 2 years.
I have been able to reduce the medication I have been taking to less than half and Catherine believes that in time I will be able to stop altogether.
I truly believe that Western Medicine could learn an awful lot from Eastern Medicine.

Catherine is a very professional caring person and I cannot recommend her highly enough.
As I said earlier she has given me back my life and for that I am truly grateful." David Hall - Laindon Essex Oct.2013

Testimonial (15) Quit smoking after a course of 5-Day session acupuncture treatment:

"I first went to Catherine a few years ago as I was suffering chronic pain in my shoulder; it was at this time that I discovered Catherine had a treatment to give up smoking. To be honest it wasn't something I ever gave much thought to as I enjoyed a cigarette and I had no plans on quitting. However, once the Smoking Ban was announced I thought that maybe I ought to try, so I plucked up the courage and booked the treatment that started on the 14th January 2007. I can remember the day clearly; I smoked as normal, no more and no less and had my last cigarette outside Catherine's house! The treatment was simple enough although the needles do cause a slight discomfort but Catherine is very good at putting you at ease, so you soon relax. I didn't know what to expect or more importantly whether or not it was going to work, so I decided not to think about it and just to 'wait and see'. The next morning when I woke up I found myself without the normal urge to have a cigarette with my coffee, a major achievement as far as I was concerned and it was the same throughout that day and then onward, it just got easier. I didn't suffer with any cravings and if anything I found the smell of smoke really nauseating, which is something I hadn't experienced before so there was no way I wanted a cigarette.

I can truthfully say that I still cannot believe that the acupuncture worked, it really was a miracle for me and I cannot recommend it enough, if you no longer want to smoke then please book the course you won't regret it." Joely, Horndon On The Hill

Testimonial (14)Chronic asthma for 23 years:

"After experiencing increasing bouts of chest infection every winter, which being asthmatic, led to my having to use antibiotics very often and also increasing amounts of steroid- containing inhalers which worried me, I decided to try acupuncture. After speaking to several well qualified acupuncturists on the telephone, I decided that Catherine sounded the most knowledgeable and experienced.

Catherine has been extremely thorough and painstaking in her analysis and treatment using both acupuncture and herbal medicine and I have already been able to halve the amount of inhaler I use. To my delight, also, my general health has improved. She thinks that eventually I should be able to stop using inhalers altogether. Her attitude has been both professional and relaxed." Mrs F, Billericay

Testimonial (13) Meniere's disease for 9 years:

"Having been diagnosed with Meniere's disease for a number of years using conventional medicine, suffering severe bouts of depression and symptoms brought on by Meniere's, I decided to try Acupuncture.

Choosing Catherine was the best choice I could have made. From the moment I spoke to her, I found her to be informed of not only my condition, but also various other problems people have. She is patient, understanding and listens to everything that I tell her, giving advice on how best to deal with the problem.

The Acupuncture itself is a little uncomfortable but Catherine is calm and reassuring and the benefit is well worth it. The Clinic is which she works is a pleasant and welcoming environment and Catherine make me feel at ease immediately.

I would definitely recommend Acupuncture to anyone and I cannot state highly enough of Catherine's professionalism and very pleasant manner." Mrs. Warner, Corringham, Essex

Testimonial (12): Free after of 18 months of Migraine:

"I first visited Catherine after suffering for 18 months with migraine. I had tried conventional medicine and visited a neurologist my daughter was concerned as I was also becoming depressed due to the constant pain she researched and found Catherine on the Internet and unbeknownst to me booked my first appointment. My first appointment was in Sept Catherine asked a lot of questions and looked at my tongue and hands. At this time she said I would probably suffer with endometriosis and Raynaud’s disease. I do suffer with Raynaud’s but seeing as I had a hysterectomy 16 years ago I did not pay any attention to the endometriosis. Catherine assured me she could help my migraine and said it would take between 5/8 sessions. I had immediate relief that lasted approx. 5 days I was ready to go back after a week and again felt immediate relief .Catherine explained that the pain could move about until she could completely get rid of the pain and I fact this was the case . It moved from my face to back of head to top of head so it was like chase but at each appointment Catherine would check on my progress and adjust the position of the needles accordingly. It took 6 appointments to completely clear my head with no return.
I intended to return to Catherine in the New Year but became poorly with abdominal pain which turned out my endometriosis had returned I had to have further surgery (Catherine had diagnosed this 4 months earlier)!!

I cannot recommend Catherine enough to any one suffering with migraine. I will not hesitate to see her again." Lisa, Basildon, Essex

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Testimonial (11) Meniere’s Disease:

"Early in 2006 I began suffering from Meniere's-like symptoms which were very unpleasant and debilitating. I became almost house-bound and very depressed. Conventional medical treatment was ineffective and it seemed there was no hope to an end to the problem. I decided to try acupuncture and was fortunate to find Catherine.
The treatment took many months. Initially two or three times a week, then reducing to every two weeks , then to once a month as my condition improved.
I have no symptoms now. Catherine gave me my life back.
I found Catherine a most sympathetic and understanding person, who treated me gently in clean and comfortable surroundings. She always made me feel at ease and was confident that my condition would improve, which it did, of course.
Catherine is a lovely lady, whom I now regard as a friend." Judith Clarke, Hullbridge.

Testimonial (10) Shin Splints:

“I had a major problem with shin splints earlier this year and visited Catherine on the recommendation of a friend. Catherine’s manner is delightful, reassuring and very helpful. After six sessions the soreness in my shins was gone and I was able to resume my running and all round fitness training. I would recommend Catherine to anyone who is considering acupuncture.” Martin Warner, Billericay.

Testimonial (9) Stop Smoking:

“I have been seeing Catherine Huang since late June and although I am being treated for another condition, Catherine advised me that my smoking habits were adversely affecting that very condition.

She said that she would cure me of my compulsion to smoke and I reluctantly agreed as I have always loved smoking and have indeed smoked for the last 38 years. To cut a long story short, I found after a couple of treatments that I no longer had the urge to smoke (especially during stressful times) and after only about a month of treatment, I found that the very thought of smoking repugnant beyond belief.

I have even got to the state now that I can barely stand to see other people smoke!

Anyway, I am incredibly pleased because giving up smoking has definitely helped to improve the condition for which Catherine is so ably treating me. My wife is also over the moon that she no longer has to put up with the smell of tobacco on me and my clothes!" Kevin Howlett, Benfleet.

Testimonial (8) Meniere’s Disease:

“Further to my earlier testimony several months ago I would like to put on record that after numerous Meniere’s attacks earlier this year and up to the month of May, Catherine has closely monitored my symptoms and has changed the herbal formula that I take regularly and following acupuncture weekly my health is better than it has been for 18 months.

The tinnitus I suffer from has decreased to a bearable level, the dizziness (which was several times a day) every day and the Attacks which left me in bed all day and feeling very ill and depressed, have greatly improved.

I cannot begin to express my gratitude and thanks to Catherine over the past 18 months. She has been supportive, patient and very conscientious on each visit. She has never given up hope with my condition and her aim was to reduce the symptoms and attacks to a lesser degree and I can state she has definitely achieved that.

My overall feeling each day is just being able to get out of bed and feel more normal.I would highly recommend Catherine’s techniques and if anyone feels there is no hope of improving their health, whatever their problems may be, look no further than Catherine.

She is highly professional and a more caring person you would find hard to meet.” Mrs. E. Warner, Corringham

Testimonial (7) Embarrassing Bowel problem:

"I started to suffer from severe bowel leakage in 2000 and as you can imagine, I was devastated. I approached my GP who recommended Anusol (which was worse than useless) and as the months went on, my situation became more and more desperate. Within months, I was having to change my underpants sometimes ten or twelve times a day and the strain and humiliation was unbearable. What made it worse was that I never knew when it would happen. Some days were fine and other days were horrendous. I saw over the years several doctors and consultants and was tested for everything, and I MEAN EVERYTHING. I had tubes pushed where tubes shouldn't go and in the end they all admitted defeat and said that they didn't know what was wrong with me. To make matters worse, I was told to “live with it”. Finally in desperation, I sought an alternative cure. Fortunately (thank the good lord) the second person that I spoke to was Catherine Huang. She listened carefully to me during our consultation and asked me questions that I had never heard before from the so called “Experts”. Well, after a few weeks, I noticed fantastic improvements and although yes, I did have the odd bad day in the early days, I am now completely free of it. A miracle you may ask yourself? Well, it is to me. Never can I thank Catherine enough for her great work and support. What of me? For the first time in eight years, I can leave home without worrying about my personal hygiene and feeling a freak. Yours gratefully." Paul Murphy, Benfleet.

Testimonial (6) Back Pain:

"After suffering back pain for 20 years, with the last year at times being unbearable, the Hospital said they were unable to find a reason or cure. The pain was far worse at night, meaning a full night’s sleep never happened.
Acupuncture was suggested. After five sessions with Catherine I have now got considerable relief and a full night’s sleep." Carol Brooke, Leigh-on-Sea .

Testimonial (5) Chronic Nerve Pain:

"After being told that Chinese acupuncture is more effective than the Western method, I changed my acupuncturist and was fortunate to find Catherine. I originally went to her for a long term problem of nerve damage following a very traumatic fall which resulted in a fracture and thereafter, long term nerve damage. I have never looked back once Catherine made such great progress with my problem which no one else seemed to be able to improve. Since then, however, I have had other health problems and indeed, I know I can approach Catherine with almost anything and she will certainly be able to help me. Catherine’s experienced treatment is very professional but very personal and friendly. She has a very good manner, which builds a good rapport with her clients. Oriental philosophy is something the Western world should listen very carefully to, as I believe it would be of great benefit to us all." Lizzy, Benfleet, Essex.

Testimonial (4) Insomnia:

"Having suffered from sleep problems for many years, which includes getting to sleep, night waking, cold sweats and vivid dreaming, and having tried many therapies such as hypnotherapy, cognitive behavioural techniques and reflexology, to no avail, acupuncture was my last attempt at help before grabbing the sleeping pills.

After thoroughly searching through various governing bodies I decided to visit Catherine a few months ago. On my initial visit Catherine made me feel very relaxed and assured and we went through a very detailed consultation of my medical history, sleep problems and a session of acupuncture. I have to be honest and say that the first few visits left me feeling a little unwell, but found myself sleeping a little better. Catherine explained thoroughly the reasons for this and was always at the other end of the telephone if I had any concerns. This unwell feeling soon passed and having now had a course of six treatments I am sleeping better than I have for years which I never thought I would, thanks to Catherine.

Catherine is the utmost professional, listens intently and gives you a very detailed explanation to any question you may have. I am so pleased to have met her and would recommend to anyone having sleep problems please give Catherine a visit." Cheryl, Upminster , Essex.

Testimonial (3) Lower Back Pain:

"I had suffered pain in my lower back for some years, managed with the aid of painkillers. My husband, who was successfully being treated by Catherine, booked me in for a session. I was not pleased, and most sceptical, even more so when she suggested that my “ying” was blocked!

As instructed I lay on the couch whilst Catherine skilfully inserted various needles. She then said lay peacefully and “think good thoughts”. I really was very relaxed when I suddenly felt what seemed like someone scratching from the centre of my pain down to my leg. “Who did that” was my reaction, but looking around my Husband was sitting across the room reading the paper, whilst Catherine was working at her desk. I relaxed again until time to remove the needles. When I got up no pain. Since then, some 5 years ago, no pain and no painkillers.

I still do not understand things-but in my case acupuncture given by Catherine worked. November,2011" Mrs Janet Humphrey. Nipsells Chase. Mayland, Essex.

Testimonial (2) A case of Chronic Diarrhoea:

"Having been to the Doctor with a pain in my stomach and been given some pills that did no good at all, I went back to the surgery and told them that the tablets had not been effective and that the pain was now constant day and night. I was sent to the hospital for tests on various machines 3 in all and each one could find nothing wrong internally and I was told there was nothing wrong with me, even though there was a pain in my bowel both night and day. After two years of this I was ready to try anything so I contacted Catherine and tried Acupuncture as a treatment, and it worked. Catherine said it would take some time but she would cure me and she did, it did take some time, but after two years of pain it was well worth it, I am now free of any pain." Mr. E G Green,Hutton. October 2012, Essex.

Testimonial (1) An elderly patient suffering from complications of Multiple Myeloma

“My father was great believer in acupuncture. I decided on a practitioner of the highest qualifications. My choice was Catherine Ying Huang in June ‘05, and she is a credit to her profession.
I needed help pain-wise, which involved various parts of the body; sinus, knee, hip, hands, and shoulders. It was some challenge. Catherine’s concern and patience with my problems, as well as her understanding of the various treatments I received each time I visited, proved such a boost. I also developed arthritic swollen knee; after a number of treatments and excellent care, there was success at last.
A friend indeed, Catherine is positive with her advice. Acupuncture treatment has given me so much encouragement. My many thanks to an excellent lady - one I would also recommend.”
Mrs J. Elsdon, South Benfleet, Essex

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