The perspective from which a Chinese medical practitioner views health and sickness hinges on concepts of “vital energy” or Qi (pronounced chee).

Just as the western medical doctor monitors the blood flowing through blood vessels and the messages travelling via the nervous system, Chinese medical practitioners assess the flow and distribution of this “vital energy” or Qi within its pathways, known as “meridians” or “channels”. This energy regulates all physical emotional and mental processes. Imbalances or blockages in an individuals Qi results in illness or pain.

The goal of Chinese medicine is to restore balance and harmony in the body utilising the following methods.

  • Acupuncture

    The insertion of ultra fine, sterilised, single-use needles into specific points on the body to re-establish the free flow of qi.

  • Tui Na Massage
    Tui Na

    literally translated as “push & grasp”, Tui Na is form of Chinese Medical Massage.

  • Cupping

    A glass or bamboo cup is applied to the skin and the pressure in the cup is reduced

  • Moxibustion

    Moxa, a dried herb known as mugwort, is burned either directly or indirectly over acupuncture points or areas of pain.

  • Nutrition & Lifestyle
    Nutrition & Lifestyle

    The Chinese method is based on the idea that no single part can be understood except in its relation to the whole.

  • Herbal Medicine
    Herbal Medicine

    In certain cases, it can be beneficial to include herbal remedies to achieve optimal results in treatment.

Insurance Cover

I am recognised by all the major health insurers in Ireland through my professional association A.F.P.A. These include, VHI, QUINN Healthcare, Hibernian Health, and HSF. Other health insurance schemes also cover acupuncture such as the Garda Medical Scheme and ESB. Please check with your insurers if your individual policy covers you for acupuncture.

Infants and Children

Chinese medicine has specialised in treating children dating back to the Song Dynasty (960-1279)

The key to facilitating healthy growth and development is to prevent or resolve acute conditions and address underlying weakness by strengthening the child in the early stages, ultimately decreasing the likelihood of chronic illness later in life.

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Fertility / Pregnancy

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine has been treating fertility and pregnancy for thousands of years. Shenacu has speclaised in treating these areas undergoing further training with Zita West, Jani White and Sarah Budd.

Gillian specialises in the treatment of Fertility/ Infertility (male and female) and pregnancy.

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About Shenacu

Shenacu provides Acupuncture alongside Tui Na (Chinese medical massage), moxibustion, cupping, lifestyle and nutritional advice which are all aspects of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Shenacu Acupuncture is owned and operated by Gillian Searson. The clinic is located in Sandyford, Dublin.


I am recognised by all the major health insurance providers in Ireland. These include VHI, Laya Healthcare, Avivas Health and HSF. Other health insurance schemes also cover treatments, such as the Garda Medical Aid and ESB, among others. Please check your individual policy or contact your provider for further information.

086 818 7867

80 Cluain Shee, Aikens Village
Sandyford, Dublin 18