Classical Chinese Medicine Practitioner
Mary has always had a compassion for holistic health. Her interest in Acupuncture began following years of having regular acupuncture treatments. Not only her long-standing problem was healed, but also she is experiencing a sense of wellness, physical, emotional and spiritual, of her life. She is passionate about helping others to restore balance and to experience a sense of wellbeing (body, mind and spirit) through treatments.
Mary believes that inner-cultivation is essential in developing her healing capacity as a Classical Chinese Medicine practitioner. To that end, Mary practises Tao training and Qigong regularly. Since qualifying Mary has continued updating her professional knowledge and skills with her mentors.
Mary is a member of the Acupuncture Society in UK, has full insurance and a strict ethical and medical code. She is dedicated to the delivery of the best patient care.
Member of Acupuncture Society UK
Licentiate in Acupuncture, College of Integrated Chinese Medicine
Mentoring Programme on Classical Chinese Medicine (taught by Dr. Hung D. Tran)
Graduate Programme, Tending Shen Five Element Acupuncture (taught by Niki Bilton)
BSc (Hons) in Acupuncture, Kingston University
Masterclass in Facial Enhancement Acupuncture Certificate
Emergency First Aid at Work, College of Integrated Chinese Medicine
"I could not recommend Mary more - Mary and her 5 Elements Acupuncture was one of the primary reasons that I was able to re-connect with my body and find the essence of who I was.
Mary helped me to re-establish a relationship with myself and I cannot thank her enough for her support. She is just wonderful."
Alice, Newbury (2019)
"Thank you for the treatments you provide they are highly beneficial and have assisted in my wellbeing. This is what is in my heart:
Our bodies are like cars, and inside the car sits our Soul and we are driving around all day long collecting and dropping off toxins.
Treating the body with love and respect, like you would a best friend, will balance your mind, body and soul to
be at its best for work, rest and play.
Mary's treatments have been supportive to me as a whole as she facilitates a space where my body
can let go and TRUST in the process each time.
This has helped me endlessly as I am now able to quickly process and cleanse on a day to day, and month to month basis. Prior to Mary's treatments my body was not communicating efficiently and now is.
I highly recommend Mary as a Master in her field who is continually learning herself and is passionate about helping people to live a full life."
Tracy, Newbury (2019)
"I always come away from our sessions feeling so much more relaxed and balanced. The benefits have been significant, overall a feeling of being much more in balance physically and emotionally. I feel much stronger as a result. I appreciate Mary's thoughtfulness and thoroughness, the way she checks constantly to see what my body is telling her and her care in finding the right treatment and responses. Of all the various therapies I have tried, acupuncture with Mary has been the most effective.
Benefits have included the gradual return of some feeling in my feet, greater resilience emotionally and greater ease in riding out some of the challenges life throws at you, improved management of pain in lower back and shoulders … and while it hasn’t gone away, I realise that my dodgy knee troubles me less. I also have more energy. So, it is very positive all around.
The sessions themselves are relaxing. I tend to see things in terms of colours and patterns and I find it interesting to note both colour and physical reaction to the treatments.
Thank you for bringing balance and healing to my busy life. It has, and continues to, make a very positive difference to my life."
Clare, Hungerford (2019)
"Over a year ago, I went to Mary Chan suffering from severe anxiety and depression, as well as some other digestive and sleep disorders associated with those conditions. I was scared about having needles put into my body (as I was completely new to acupuncture) but felt so desperate to try anything that may work that I swallowed my fear and went.
Nearly a year and a half later, I have Mary to thank for an absolutely incredible experience which I believe has helped me more than the SSRI tablets that I was taking for nine years (Citalopram). I had acupuncture most weeks for six months and now I enjoy an hour’s session every other week. I also proud to think of Mary as my friend.
Mary customised a flexible program for me, made up of a mixture of treatments including tuning forks, Moxibustion and fine-needling. I think I was lucky to have felt the effects from the very first session and I can certainly testify to an impressive improvement in my condition, as part of a multi-approach strategy including walking and counselling.
As for my fear of needles…they are so thin that I do not even feel the vast majority of them! In fact, I usually ask Mary to insert some more because I feel they work so well. I do hope that Mary is able to help you heal yourself too."
Suzi, Bucklebury (2019)
"I just want to write a little note to say thank you for all the help & support you've been giving me for the last year. You truly are a miracle worker. Quite honestly you've changed my life for the better and you're still helping me transform into a stronger, happier and healthier person.
I honestly don't know how to thank you enough. I can't believed how much I've changed since last year, it's amazing. I'm so proud of where I am now and I know life will just keep getting better.
I can't really comprehend all the changes you & acupuncture have made in my life. I also don't fully understand how it all works, but that's part of the magic!! You have a wonderful skill, you just seem to always know what to say & how to help - you truly are heaven sent.
I really just wanted to write to give you my heart-felt thanks. Please know I'm so grateful for all you do for me, for all the support and loving energy you give. My life is so much richer because of all you do and the energy you give off, so thank you from the bottom of my heart."
Laura, Newbury (2018)
"In the past I had acupuncture for a specific immediate symptom. Now, with Mary, it is a way of life. I believe whole-heartedly in her way of healing and maintaining health. I won't ever stop it now.
I feel so relaxed and safe with Mary. I'd trust her with anything she does. She is so in tune and aware she often knows what's going on in my body before I've said anything. I feel so lucky to have found Mary!"
Laura Penneycard, Newbury (2017)
"Mary gave me an 'emergency' acupuncture treatment whilst I was suffering from laryngitis, I'd completely lost my voice. Having never had acupuncture before I didn't know what to expect but I didn't even feel the needles go in!
The treatment worked wonders, by that evening I was already feeling an improvement and by the next day my voice had returned. I couldn't recommend Mary more highly, she made me feel very at ease during the treatment and most importantly it worked!"
Lucy Beckley, Thatcham (2017)
"After three sessions of treatment from Mary, the irritated nerve in my spine was calm and I was soon back to full fitness. The treatment (Lower Back Pain) was 100% effective and I have had no recurrence of the symptoms.
Impressed by the whole body approach of the treatment and by Mary’s confident and caring manner, I am happy to recommend Mary Chan Classical Acupuncture."
Frank Colman, Newbury (2016)
"I came to see Mary for help with stomach acid, and whilst I had had acupuncture before and found it really helped I do have a sensitive body and I found that for me the tuning forks were a godsend. It is a very gentle way of receiving healing energies without the needles but with exactly the same effect. I would thoroughly recommend this method and Mary for her gentle and knowledgeable treatments."
Lorna Richardson, Reading (2016)
"The key reason for seeking Acupuncture treatment was because a doctor advised me that nothing could be done to relieve arthritis in my wrists. Amazingly, the pain & discomfort has reduced to less than 5% - most of the time I do not have any pain at all, the outcome has exceed all my expectations!
Mary took time to understand why I came for the treatment and made sure I was aware of what was happening each step of the way. It was easy to build a great rapport with her that made me feel comfortable to discuss my emotions as well as physical ailments."
Hayley Brommell, Caversham (2016)
CONDITIONS COMMONLY TREATED
Acupuncture has a proven track record. The British Acupuncture Council compiles and provides the latest evidence based research on acupuncture.
It currently lists over 60 health conditions where acupuncture has proved effective:
Arrhythmias and Heart Failure
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Chronic fatigue syndrome
Colds and flu
Coronary heart disease
Eczema and Psoriasis
Gastrointestinal tract disorders
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
Nausea and vomiting
Post-traumatic stress disorder
Mary offers treatment in Newbury, Berkshire.
Neal's Yard Remedies,
Monday: 10am - 5:30pm
Tuesday: 9:15am - 5:30pm
Wednesday: 9:15am - 5:30pm
Thursday: 9:15am - 5:30pm
Friday: 9:15am - 5:30pm
Saturday: 9:30am - 6pm
While we are going through lockdown, Mary's VIRTUAL CLINIC is offering treatments online as well as a free 15-min consultation:
Wednesday: 1pm - 4pm
Thursday: 1pm - 4pm
Other days: by appointment only
Should you wish to book in for the virtual clinic (either for a free consultation or treatment) or reschedule your Neal's Yard appointment to July (hopefully when we could get back to normal life), please either give me a call on 07717865135, Whatsapp me, send me a text message or email me directly.
Frequently asked questions
What happens when you come for treatment?
The first session will last approximately 2 hours, which includes a detailed consultation of your health, lifestyle and symptoms. During the consultation, Mary will also take your pulses on both wrists, look at your tongue, and palpate any areas of tenderness or pain. You will also receive a preliminary treatment in this initial consultation.
Follow up treatments typically last 45-60 minutes. Each treatment is unique to you and points are carefully chosen to suit the best treatment care.
It is best if you do not come to your appointment on an empty stomach. You should have something to eat beforehand. It does not have to be a full meal, it can be something small such as a piece of fruit.
What does it feel like?
The needles used are extremely fine (about the width of two fine head hairs), sterile and disposable. In most cases there is a very slight “prick” as the needle enters the skin, sometimes followed by a tingling or numbness as it reaches the acupuncture point. The sensation is quite acceptable and only lasts 1-2 seconds. Responses to treatment can sometimes include tiredness, and very occasionally minor bruising may occur. All such reactions are short-lived.
Is it safe?
Chinese Medicine offers a natural, efficient and promising alternative medical discipline. Acupuncture with a trained and fully qualified practitioner is one of the safest forms of healthcare. It can be used effectively alongside conventional medicine and is suitable for people of all ages, including pregnant women and children.
How many sessions will I need?
Every individual is unique and response varies. Weekly treatments are normal to begin with, reducing in frequency as your body responds. The effect is usually felt within five or six treatments. Occasionally just one or two treatments are sufficient.
Should my doctor know?
If you have been prescribed medication we recommend you tell your doctor that you plan to have acupuncture. Do not stop taking your medication. You should tell your acupuncturist about any medication and supplements you are taking. BAcC acupuncturists are trained to recognise potentially serious underlying health conditions and will refer you to your GP if they consider it appropriate.
Will my health insurance pay for acupuncture?
Most health insurance policies cover the cost of treatments with licensed acupuncturists. You should check with your insurer directly.