Welcome to York Community Acupuncture

Providing quality, low-cost Acupuncture

Welcome, and thank you for visiting York Community Acupuncture.

York Community Acupuncture aims to provide people with access to the wonderful world and healing benefits of acupuncture without being too costly. We are able to do this (and still earn a living wage) by treating more than one person at a time. Once your needles are in place, we leave you to relax for about 30 minutes which means we can be treating another person. Distal acupuncture is mostly practised in community clinics meaning the acupuncture points in your arms and legs can be used to treat the whole of your body - yes, your back pain can be helped without a single needle going near your back! This means you won't have to expose any part of your body apart from your lower legs and lower arms, so loose clothing that can be rolled up is always helpful.

Our Approach

We will always take a full history from you about the reason why you are attending. Due to the setting of the community clinic, people might be in earshot of you although we do play background music. If you have something difficult to talk about in this setting you can arrange a phone call before your appointment or email us. Sometimes a community setting is not the best place for someone with very personal and difficult issues to discuss.

Low-cost acupuncture does not mean low quality. You will receive acupuncture that is specific for your condition by fully trained and insured acupuncturists. We offer a sliding scale for follow-up appointments. This means you choose what you can afford to pay us. We don't ask questions about your income, but we hope you pay what you genuinely can afford. We much prefer people to pay a little less if it means they can come a bit more frequently and get better sooner. Then you will spread the word to your friends how acupuncture helped you!

We are affiliated to the Northern College of Acupuncture which is an educational charity and on occasions we may have students conducting placements. You will be asked beforehand if you are happy for students to be included in your treatment process. Students will be fully supervised at all times. For more information about the Northern College of Acupuncture, please click here.

We are more than happy for you to give us a call or send us an email so that we can talk about acupuncture and if it will help your condition.

What can Acupuncture help with?

Acupuncture is a wonderful complement to orthodox medicine, but it is not a substitute for it. You need to take responsibility for your own health and see your GP if you think you have a problem that is serious. We can use acupuncture as an adjunct to orthodox treatments such as easing the side effects of chemotherapy, but it is often wise to discuss this with your GP. Acupuncture can be very helpful in painful conditions, whatever the diagnosis and many other conditions too.

Sometimes people are just not feeling themselves or have an underlying grumble that they just put up with – just like the odd noise that your car makes, but it still drives ok, so why get anything done about it? Acupuncture is great at helping people with these such grumbles – nothing is seriously wrong but if left long enough you may start to suffer further problems, just like a car eventually will. Acupuncture will help your body right itself so you feel better in yourself.

If you are unsure whether acupuncture can help you, please contact us either by telephone or email for a chat. The British Acupuncture Council have produced research factsheets on many conditions which you may find useful to read. See here

Sessions & Fees

York Community Acupuncture Clinic is open Mondays between 1pm and 5pm

Initial consultation and treatment:


Allow up to 90 minutes

Subsequent Appointments:

You choose what you can afford to pay in the range of £20-30

Allow 45 minutes

We accept payment online, cash, by card, or by cheque.

We usually suggest weekly treatments for 3-6 weeks until we know how you will respond to acupuncture. You may need less than this, you may need more depending on your reasons for attending.

About Us

Helen Singleton

Helen qualified as a Physiotherapist in 2000 from Salford University and started her career in the NHS at Scarborough Hospital before moving on and working in private practices and in the Ministry of Defence, both in the UK and overseas. Helen first started using acupuncture for pain relief in 2001 and since then realised how acupuncture can help to treat so many more conditions than just musculoskeletal injuries.

Helen graduated from the Northern College of Acupuncture in 2014, completing a Master’s of Science degree in acupuncture, her research looking in to acupuncture and knee osteoarthritis. Continuous learning is essential to Helen to ensure the best care is given to her patients and she regularly attends courses to further her knowledge and progress her skills. Helen is also a Clinic Supervisor, the Clinical Educational Lead and a tutor on the biomedicine and bodywork team at the Northern College of Acupuncture based here in York.

Having worked in community acupuncture clinics before, Helen knows the value of receiving regular acupuncture at a cost people can afford and is excited to bring this concept to York.

What My Clients Say...


York Community Acupuncture runs from Tang Hall Community Centre, Fifth Avenue, York, YO31 0UG.

What3Words location: buns.bells.divide

The building is wheelchair accessible and there is a wheelchair accessible toilet.

There is a small carpark or on street parking is free on Fifth Avenue.

Opening Hours:

Monday: 1:00pm - 5pm

Other locations:

There is a teaching clinic and multibed teaching clinic at the Northern College of Acupuncture. Please see here for more details.

Helen also works at a Community Acupuncture Clinic in Beverley. See here for more details.

Get In Touch

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about how acupuncture could help you, or to arrange an initial appointment. You can also call us on 07704 677928 but please note if we don't answer, we could be busy seeing patients and we will get back to you as soon as we can. You can email us on yorkcommunityacupuncture@gmail.com or fill out the form below.

All enquires are usually answered within 24 hours apart from over weekends, and all contact is strictly confidential.

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