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Sian, Dublin

For over ten years, from my mid-teens, I had a chronic skin problem which appeared all over my body but was particularly aggressive and unpleasant on my hands. Simple things like zipping my own coat or interlinking my fingers could be near impossible, depending on how bad it was at any given time. It was dry, itchy, cracked, painful, irritating, and often embarrassing. I tried everything to cure it, going from one specialist to another. I changed my diet, stopped using particular products, stopped wearing particular types of fabric, took numerous anti-biotics and used various sterile creams. And while the symptoms might disappear for a while, the condition always came back. I eventually figured it was something I could do nothing about and sought to adapt my lifestyle to it.

I visited Classic Five Element Acupuncture initially to manage stress and help with a shoulder injury. To my amazement, after just one session with Declan my stress subsided, the pain in my shoulder eased, and most remarkably of all, the skin problem which had tormented me for more than a decade disappeared entirely, and has not returned. It has completely cleared and I am free to use my hands for work, play and everyday creativity. I even started rock climbing recently, which I never would have imagined being able to do! I have returned for acupuncture time and time again, and have always felt more grounded, present and at ease on leaving. I am very grateful to Declan to have the full use of my hands again. Sian



Come and learn about this ancient and effective system of medicine at Ireland's premier Five Element Acupuncture College.

 Looking to know more about your health? Want to do something different and something you love?

Join us Saturday, Sat 25 Nov 2017 at the Marine Hotel, Sutton Cross, Dublin 13 !

To register, ring 01 830865 Declan Rothwell

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See video of testimonials of students at


 Dr. Edgar Mocanu, Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and formerly Director of the HARI Clinic, has endorsed Declan Rothwell for Acupuncture. We are delighted to be given the opportunity to work with women and men to boost their chances of success with fertility issues and assisted fertility.

Research has shown that acupuncture can significantly boost your fertility - the acupuncture we practise works by stimulating your body's natural ability to heal itself. This means that hormone levels are balanced, blood circulation is improved and healthy maturation of sperm and eggs is stimulated.

Testimonial from Sarah in Meath

A massive thank you for all your advice, treatments and expertise with my acupuncture treatments! I truly believe, after trying for 2 years and with only 4/5 treatments with you, you finally helped me make one of my dreams come through! I am 7 weeks gone and the happiest girl alive. Thank you again for teaching me to relax and calm down! I can't thank you enough and highly recommend you.

Testimonial from Jennifer in Co.Dublin

I went to receive acupuncture from Declan for many reasons which he helped me with greatly.

At the time of receiving my treatment I was trying to conceive my first child. After a course of treatments I fell pregnant. Two years later I was having trouble conceiving again hence I went back to see Declan and after a few treatments I had my second pregnancy.

Declan has also treated my children, he is a very kind and understanding fertility acupuncturist and I would happily recommend him to anybody'.

Testimonial from Anne in Dublin 3 

'Having spent 18 months trying to have our second child my husband and I decided that given our respective ages we couldn't afford to wait and it was time to seek professional help. We attended the HARI unit in Dublin's Rotunda hospital and after multiple tests, laparoscopies etc we were told that there was no clinical reason that they could find that would prevent us from conceiving. The Consultant recommended that I try acupuncture as I had a history of endometriosis and while he had cleared it out with the laparoscopy there was no permanent clinical treatment option available.

I started treatment with Declan at the beginning of 2011 and while I was initially quite cynical about alternative forms of medicines I soon found that I was starting to feel better in myself. The physical treatment had an impact but I also think that the fact that Declan took the time to listen to me and to really try to understand what was happening helped immeasurably.

The acupuncture revealed that my lower abdomen (where my ovaries etc were located) was cooler in temperature than my chest or upper stomach. This made total sense to me given that I was a regular hot water bottle user!!

In March 2012, we started on the IVF programme and I also attended Declan every week. I felt that we had to give ourselves every possible chance of making it work and that by taking a holistic approach to the challenge we faced we would optimise the probability of a positive outcome.

I am delighted to report that the treatment worked and we now have a beautiful baby girl! One can never know the impact that acupuncture had on the process but the one thing that I can say conclusively is that I now have an even body temperature and that can only be down to my sessions with Declan. I am eternally grateful to him and the staff of the Rotunda for helping us to have our new baby'.



Recent Research by the University of Regensburg has shown that acupuncture is one of the most effective therapies for back pain. The research published by Archives of Internal Medicine, showed that acupuncture can provide significantly more relief from lower back pain than conventional therapies. The Chinese needle treatment was 74% more likely to lead to a sustained reduction in pain or improved ability to function normally than physiotherapy, medication and advice on exercise.

New College of Five Element Acupuncture in Dublin

We are delighted to announce that the College of Five Element Acupuncture opened its doors on 12 September 2012 . Declan Rothwell is the Principal and we are teaching a professional 3 year course in Classical Five Element Acupuncture. It will be part time allowing students to continue to meet work and family commitments. The Course complies with the core curriculum and membership standards of the Acupuncture Council of Ireland. Upon graduation, you will be eligible to apply for membership of this organisation. 

This is perhaps, a time to review what you are doing and retrain in a growth area - the health care sector. Students will obtain a professional qualification in acupuncture and have a new career that they can start up immediately after graduation. There is strong interest from the UK and further afield as this is the only Classical Five Element Acupuncture College in the European Union. See for more information or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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What our clients say...

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I have been attending treatment and at the risk of sounding dramatic I would say that it is one of the top life changing experiences of my life. My motivation for commencing treatment stemmed from general physical unease and exhaustion. Many of my friends and family found it strange that I was attending without the presence of any particular ailment or condition. I felt, however, that things ‘just weren’t right’. Thankfully my intuition was right because my experience of treatment has been a far deeper one. Whilst many physical issues have been aided, (indeed some have ceased to exist to such an extent that I have forgotten about them completely!), I value more the emotional and spiritual road that has been opened up for me. It is a fascinating and energizing experience, one of which I continue to feel privileged to receive.

Hillary, Dublin, 13

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