What is Traditional Acupuncture?


Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is one of the longest established forms of healthcare in the world. The diagnostic and treatment techniques have been developed and refined over thousands of years and continues to be a staple part of the health service in China.  

In the West, TCM and Acupuncture are growing in popularity as people seek new ways to heal their bodies naturally.

Treatment involves inserting tiny needles into specific points on the body which triggers the body’s self-healing ability, thus promoting physical and emotional wellbeing.


What Does it Treat?

Acupuncture can help a wide range of conditions including:

infertility, pain, headaches, hay-fever, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), sleep issues and low energy - to name a few.

It works effectively as a stand-alone treatment or alongside western treatments such as physiotherapy or drug therapies.  

The World Health Organisation (WHO) compiled a list of conditions for which acupuncture has been proven as an effective treatment. Some of these include:

  • Pain: headaches, lower back, knee, neck, menstruation, arthritis of shoulder, post-operative pain, sciatica, sprains. 
  • Pregnancy: morning sickness, labour induction, malposition of foetus. 
  • Other: side effects of radiotherapy and chemotherapy, depression, hay fever, high and low blood pressure, rheumatoid arthritis, stroke.

Acupuncture is also proven to have therapeutic effects on many more conditions which are not listed above.

Feel free to give me a call or email and we can discuss how acupuncture can help your individual circumstances.

0630108455 : Nicola@lilymint.nl

The Benefits


Acupuncture is a safe and natural treatment.

Often people find that they come for a treatment for one condition and they get other benefits such as sleeping better or more energy.  

It is holistic so it considers all the symptoms of the person not one specific thing or ‘label’ of a condition.


The Evidence

There is a growing body of evidence based scientific research documenting the benefits of acupuncture.

The British acupuncture council have summarised the scientific research and produced fact sheets detailing the effectiveness of acupuncture for over 60 conditions including: Female and male fertility, many pain conditions, insomnia, irritable bowel syndrome, headaches, hay fever. Take a look here



What to Expect

The first consultation:

 The first treatment lasts around 1-1.5hours.  It involves an in-depth discussion about you and your health; physical, emotional, spiritual and your medical history.

  •  I’ll examine your tongue and take your pulse on both wrists.  These are important diagnostic tools in traditional acupuncture.  
  • We will discuss your treatment plan and you can ask questions and decide if you are happy for the treatment to go ahead.
  • For physical or muscular injuries, a brief physical examination may be required and palpation of the acupuncture points will be used to decide on which points are clinically required.
  • The treatment involves inserting extremely fine needles into the body at specific points for your condition.  They are left in for 15-20 minutes while you relax.
  • Other techniques are sometimes used, including: Moxa – a Chinese herb put on the needle which burns to stimulate the area; Acupressure; Massage; Cupping.
  • Some clothing must be removed for the treatment, keeping underwear on.  You will be given privacy to undress and towels to cover your body.  As I treat an area I will move the towel to gain access but always retain your modesty.
  • You are welcome to bring someone into the treatment room with you.

Subsequent treatments

  • Last around an hour 
  • We have a chat about your progress and then get on with the treatment.  

About Me

Nicola Allen

Nicola Allen

The human body is amazing and I’ve always been intrigued by how it works, particularly the muscles and the brain. I studied sciences, physical education, and business, and my first career was in brand management.

After 12 years in corporates, I decided to change course. I re-trained as a qualified acupuncturist and now work in a field I am passionate about: helping people!

My family and I moved to the Netherlands in September 2014 and I’m proud to bring Lilymint Acupuncture to Amsterdam.

My goal is simple: to help my patients feel better and happier.


  • BSc Acupuncture
  • VTCT Massage


  • Traditional Acupuncture
  • Acupressure
  • Cupping
  • Moxa
  • Auricular Acupuncture

My areas of interest

I am a general practitioner, but I particularly enjoy helping with:

  1. Pregnancy and Fertility
  2. Pain and injury; backs, necks, shoulders, knees, sports injuries etc
  3. Women’s wellbeing – menstruation, menopause, migraines and digestion.
  4. Stress, energy and sleep
  5. Headaches 

Registered Practitioners

It is important to check that your acupuncturist is competent and safe. Acupuncture in the Netherlands is not currently regulated by government, however, there are certain regulatory bodies who ensure that their members are trained to high standard and participate in continued professional development. 

I am a member of ZHONG, or the Dutch Association for Traditional Chinese Medicine (NVTCG)

Zhong registered practitioners offer you the following assurances:

  • BSc degree level training in traditional acupuncture, Chinese medicine, and western biomedical sciences including anatomy, physiology and pathology.
  • Diploma Western Medicine.
  • Registered with the health insurance companies for refunds. 
  • Full medical malpractice and public liability insurance cover
  • Expert practice skills maintained by following an individual programme of continuing professional development (CPD)
  • Trained in First aid
  • Certificate of good conduct (VOGG)

Other associations who offer similar assurances for registered acupuncturist include: 

  • Dutch Association for Acupuncture (NVA)
  • Dutch Physicians Acupuncture Association (NAAV)
  • Dutch Professional Association of Chinese Medicine Yi (NBCG Yi)
  • Scientific Doctors Association for Acupuncture in the Netherlands (WAVAN)