We are closing with immediate effect.

Love Community Acupuncture is closing for the foreseeable future. We have received a recommendation from our professional body, the British Acupuncture Council, to postpone appointments in order to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

We are very sorry to leave our patients without access to affordable acupuncture, but we accept that there’s a risk of spreading the virus if we stay open. So it’s time for us to close our doors in the interests of greater safety for everyone.

If you’re booked in with us, we’ll be in touch soon to cancel and refund any advance payment.

If you feel adrift without your acupuncture appointment, we are offering short online or telephone appointments. Our acupuncturists will talk with you, perhaps do a little guided relaxation work, or demonstrate self-acupressure techniques to help you stay in the best possible physical, mental and emotional health. If you’re interested in this, please email us for more information.

We have really appreciated your support over the last few weeks. It’s been a challenging time for everyone, and we’re ready to play our part in supporting our community. We’ll get through this together.

If you have any questions about our closure, please either email us or call us on 07582 234578.

Please feel free to check back here for future updates. Thank you,

Karen Charlesworth, Chrissie Thomas and Mitchell Macgregor


Welcome to York’s most affordable acupuncture clinics!

Love Community Acupuncture is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to providing high-quality acupuncture care at an affordable price. And although the prices are low, of course there’s no compromise on safety, hygiene or effectiveness!

We have two clinics: our private clinic just off Bishy Road, and our multibed clinic at the University of York.

The backstory

Acupuncture was invented as a folk medicine 2,000 years ago in China, but at LCA we feel that in the West it has become an expensive private medicine. We have a strong belief in acupuncture’s ability to help particularly those people with complex chronic conditions that may not respond well to treatment with conventional medicine; in the UK, it remains a fact that people more likely to experience such complex, chronic conditions tend to be in lower income brackets, and by definition they are therefore excluded from accessing acupuncture. We set up Love Community Acupuncture in 2015 to enable patients on lower incomes to have acupuncture. Read more about the spirit of community acupuncture here.

All our acupuncturists are full members of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC), the professional body that oversees standards for acupuncturists in the UK, and which fully insures us to carry out treatments. The government’s Professional Standards Authority, which accredits the BAcC, ensures that those standards are equal to those of any other healthcare professional working in the UK. We are all licensed by the City of York Council, which also licenses the premises, for the practice of acupuncture. All this means that the safety and effectiveness of your treatment, and the care you receive, are equally high as those of other healthcare professionals – despite the low cost.

We take a lot of pride in our warm, personal ethos, caring for you and your individual health needs, and we aim to form a ‘healing partnership’ with you to improve your health and your overall wellbeing.

So if you think you can’t afford acupuncture – think again! Don’t you just Love Community Acupuncture?

Find out more by browsing the website – or you can email us.


Karen CharlesworthChrissie Thomas and Mitchell Macgregor