Gender: Female

Pippa Whitmore

5.0 out of 5
I have so much to thank Ali for, not only did she help me recover from a second trimester miscarriage but after 6 years of doctors telling me I couldn’t carry a baby to term Ali helped me prepare my body and get pregnant the first cycle trying again. Ali helped me manage my gestational diabetes and her induction acupuncture meant the hospital could break my waters and I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy within 3.5 hours. Thank you Ali!

Kirsty Lomas

5.0 out of 5
From my very first appointment with Ali I began to feel hopeful that my health could be restored. I had been suffering with recurrent cystitis on and off for ten years and really was at my wits end. My doctor repeatedly prescribed antibiotics to clear up the infection but never helped to address the underlying causes which meant I was susceptible to infection in the first place. Since I began acupuncture with Ali I have managed to get my infections under control and managed to be infection free for almost a year now, I haven’t required antibiotics for 9 months which is unbelievable! I really believe the acupuncture has been the main reason for this improvement. Ali made me feel comfortable talking about the issues I had from the start and has been a great support throughout this process. I could not recommend her more highly!

Alessia Pountney

5.0 out of 5
I first saw Ali in Sept 12 and she used Acupuncture to clear my headaches, reduce spotting, period pain, sore breasts, improve cervical secretions and balance emotions. On session 5 I felt amazing, not stressed one single bit, like a switch had been turned off. By session 10 I had no clots, no pain, my PMS was under control and I had a 28 day cycle (was 34 days in the past). Ali used Acupuncture alongside my IVF and on 24th Sept 13 I was 5 weeks pregnant !! I am now 15 weeks and feel great! I would definitely recommend Ali she has helped me thorough a difficult journey to become pregnant and has always kept me positive and calm.

Lisa Rigby

5.0 out of 5
I have visited Ali approx 5 times during the past 7 months and would highly recommend her excellent Acupuncture approach.
I had previously received treatment for recurrent miscarriages and had one daughter.
I saw Ali before becoming pregnant with my second child. I had suffered two further miscarriages and was completely drained as well as losing all hope.
After the first visit I felt so so much lighter, optimistic and healthier!
Ali took the time to listen, understand and then offer some very valuable advice as well as wisdom.
Its been an eventful journey over the past 7 months and I am now 22 weeks pregnant with a very healthy baby :).
Thank you so much Ali, I shall return for post-natal calming!

Penelope Joy King

5.0 out of 5
Review for Alyia.
I have suffered with chronic eye irritation for over ten years: this involves all year round itchy eyes and eyelids; also inflammation which sometimes causes swelling.
I spent two years having appointments at the eye hospital but they said there was nothing wrong with the health of my eyes and prescribed dry eye drops which gave little relief.
I visit my doctor at least six times a year but he says there is nothing he can do for me, apart from give me anti-histamine and steroid eye-drops occasionally. The only relief I have had is by using steroid eye drops but these are dangerous if used too frequently and for long periods of time as they cause cataracts.
I have used every type of eye drop available and have also used countless supplements to improve eye health but nothing seemed to work and I began to believe I would always suffer this discomfort.
Acupuncture was the end of the road for me and I really did not hold out much hope. I was reasonably sceptical but also open to any possible relief for a chronic condition.
While I did not experience immediate results, I did feel much calmer after a couple of sessions and my skin got noticeably healthier and less dry (I have suffered with eczema for years and accepted it as non-curable).
Acupuncture seeks to rebalance the body and so I could understand the logic of its benefits in terms of allergic conditions as these often arise from imbalance and the body overacting. In this sense steroids help because they repress these reactions but they don’t in any way cure them.
I had a major setback a couple of months after first having acupuncture every two weeks for three months, but thereafter I got so much better and my family began to comment on it. I still had itchy eyes but the redness disappeared and subsequently my eyes did feel far less itchy and I began to feel I had my eyes back.
Alyia is highly professional – she doesn’t promise instant cures although she believes in them. She listens and responds sensitively. She is direct in her questioning but not intrusive and you get the feeling the answers to the questions are for your benefit, not hers. She is totally positive unlike most of the health professionals I have consulted and adapts her treatment to you as a person.
Sometimes I thought if this doesn’t work, I’ll come anyway because I feel much calmer afterwards. But the truth is my eyes are so much better – the first thing I noticed was the redness went – they were much clearer – my skin was clearer – everything seemed clearer.
I am not totally cured but for the first time in more than ten years I am beginning to believe I will not have to live with this condition for life. I can’t tell you how good that feels.

Joy King May 2014.

Orietta Z L Houghland

Aliya’s acupuncture expertise is second to none. I had an extremely positive and value for money experience of her treatment throughout my pregnancy and postpartum from 2011 and till March 2012 when my baby was born. Her acupuncture was a relaxing experience and the wisdom of the Chinese medicine behind the acupuncture enabled Aliya to cure the cause of the symptoms. I found her treatment had a positive impact on the health of my overall pregnancy and in an easier birth. Although I had previously had a previous child I had suffered a miscarriage after. Aliya was able to keep this 3rd pregnancy of mine strongly rooted to full term.

Aliya treated me for several conditions, some common during pregnancy and after: emotional states, morning sickness, carpal tunnel syndrome, mastitis, dry skin conditions, flu, sinus pain, migraine, digestion issues, back ache, swollen legs, exhaustion and many more. I was fortunate that I had received acupuncture in the past so my body was able to respond quickly. Even Aliya was quite surprised when with just one session she was able to cure the carpal tunnel in my wrists.

In terms of the overall pregnancy and health of the baby, Aliya helped me keep the pregnancy grounded. My baby weighed 9.2lb and was a perfectly healthy boy who is very relaxed and happy. She was able to relax me with each session and I felt this had a positive impact. This was very important to me as I had previously suffered a miscarriage. When it came to the actual birth I had an amazing experience in comparison to my first child. I got to 9cm at home in just 2hrs! I managed on a tens machine and good breathing only. My contractions were very effective and not too painful at all. I totally believe the acupuncture had prepared my body well for this.

Her two most memorable sessions were: for the migraines that were blindingly painful in my last weeks before birth when I was feeling ill and had become very tired looking after my toddler – my GP’s only help was for very strong opiate based pain killers. However, Aliya was a miracle worker and with one session cleared my headaches within a few days. The other one was postpartum for mastitis (a painful breast feeding condition). Again I felt I was left high and dry by western medicine as I had been on antibiotics and paracetamol for a few weeks but it had not cleared fully. The GP said they could not help me any further unless my symptoms were extreme. Again with only one treatment Aliya cleared the symptoms fully and even cured some others relating to my dry skin which were apparently connected – according to Chinese medicine.

Overall I can recommend Aliya highly for anyone seeking a healthy pregnancy, birth and post natal recovery. I rate her expertise and feel each session was well worth the money. Her understanding of Chinese medicine and supportive, caring manner made every session a haven of tranquillity when I needed it most.

Thank you Aliya!

Penny Tate

4.7 out of 5
I first went to Ali in October 2010 having been booked off work by my GP with stress. I had always been able to cope with stress at work, however I guess doing 12-14 hour days for a long period of time soon took its toll. The stress manifested itself as chest pains due to the tension I held across my back and I also felt like a failure – “why could others cope and suddenly I cannot”

What impressed me with Ali was that she took the time to listen to me. She did not only treat the symptons of the stress but my whole body. We set 3 goals and they have all been met.

Ali would quite often give me a post card at the end of the session on which she had written what treatment she had done and then sometimes there was some “homework” for me to do. I have kept all the post cards and they have been really useful to look back on to see how far I have come and also as reminders of what I should be doing to look after myself.

Anyone thinking of trying acupunture for the first time, all I will say is go with an open mind. There were times it was rather painful and I did not really understand how this was going to help me. But the results soon started show. I have no chest pains, I am mentally and emotionally stronger. I am sleeping so much better without dreaming or having to get up to go the the bathroom.

I am back at work having managed to over come the stress by only using natural means – no drugs.

I still go every now and again to have a top up or an “MOT”.

Marie Lord

5.0 out of 5
The joyous news if you do not wish to read any further is that I am 13 weeks pregnant and I do believe it is due to Fertility Acupuncture with Ali at Meridian Acupuncture and I cannot recommend this highly enough to you!! My issues were long cycle periods (32/33/34 days+ and getting longer) with a late ovulation date and I had recently developed Acne. I first visited Ali on 5th July 2012, by the 2nd session I’d noticed my appetite was under control again, I was sleeping very well and my digestive system was back up to speed. I had also lost 5lbs within a fortnight without doing anything out of the ordinary!! On the 3rd session sweating and dryness had disappeared, any headaches I was getting had stopped and I felt as if I was getting my life back in balance and reducing stress. On the 4th session the Acne had reduced dramatically (I was on medication – face gel – from the Drs but was using this rarely as it really dried out my skin) and still no headaches. Ali advises me she targeted some strong points to regulate menstruation and boost my fertility, when I returned on my 5th session I informed Ali that my period had started on Day 27 (Amazing by my track record!!), I had tender breasts, and was off the smell and taste of coffee … On the 6th session in October I was pregnant!! I now know I had conceived on 19th August 2012, just over 6 weeks after my first session.
So, in summary, all I can say to you is, if you are unsure do give it a try, I have no idea how this worked but it did and I am immensely grateful to Ali for her expertise.

Marie Lord.

N Rowland

5.0 out of 5
Ali was recommended by a friend who was studying acupuncture and thought that Ali’s gentle and caring nature was exactly what I needed. We are unable to conceive naturally and after several failed fertility treatments it was time to try something different. When I first met Ali I was having difficulty sleeping, it took me a long time to go to sleep and I would wake between 4 -5 am and not get back to sleep, after just 1 session I was going to sleep as soon as my head hit the pillow. I was also experiencing painful and irregular periods and within a couple of sessions I had no pain and a much healthier period and most importantly for my husband I was no longer like a demon.
From my first two ivf cycles I produced 9 eggs on the first attempt and 7 on the seconds since working with Ali my egg numbers have increased to 17 on the third attempt and 16 on the 4th attempt. On both occasions the hospital encouraged us to leave the embryo’s to develop to day 5 blastocyst stage which wasn’t an option on previous attempts we had 2 good quality blastocyst’s to put back. Sadly we haven’t been successful on either occasion but the improvement in the number and quality of eggs has given us hope for the future.
Ali has been a wonderful support and helped me in so many ways, she has regulated my period, improved my quality of sleep, helped to reduce my stress levels and improved egg quality and number of eggs. She is always very encouraging and at the end of every session she gives you a card with helpful suggestions and positive mantra’s, I have kept all of them and when I need a boost I have a read through and make sure I’m following all her advice.
I would highly recommend Ali as I have seen firsthand the difference acupuncture can make.

Claire Rankin

5.0 out of 5
I found Aliya when my husband and I were almost at the point of believing we would never conceive and carry to term a baby. We had suffered the turmoil of consecutive miscarriages and then failing to conceive for over a year. I remembered seeing a piece about the benefits of acupuncture and much to our relief after some searching I came across Aliya’s name.

At my first treatment Aliya immediately put me at ease and gave me the confidence that we would get there. Aliya identified a number of areas we needed to work on and overtime we addressed them all. Acupuncture is a wonderful treatment method and Aliya is a gifted practitioner. Believe it or not Aliya knew I was pregnant before I did!

This wasn’t a quick process, it took time, but I believed in Aliya and trusted that she could help us. I think that for me was one of the most important things. Aliya is just lovely and I can’t think of a nicer person to help you through one of the hardest times of your life.

Aliya goes the extra mile and fitted me in for treatments to ensure that the pregnancy stayed strong and rooted. After some early bleeding I had a treatment and on the way home it felt as though our little embryo was burrowing deep into my womb. I continued to see Aliya throughout my pregnancy and I’m pleased to say the treatments all worked as I delivered a very healthy baby boy after suffering with gestational diabetes.

After our baby was born Aliya did a wonderful light treatment for him, which he loved.

I often hear people say they didn’t get on with acupuncture, to which I always say, well you should go and see Aliya.

We’re just so thankful that I found Aliya as everyday we now get to see our miracle baby enjoying life and growing happily.