'As a result of a head injury, I was left with extreme muscle tension in my neck and back which would not disappear, no matter how much I tried to stretch it. Having acupuncture sessions with Helen has been extremely positive. She talked to me beforehand about what acupuncture could do for my problem, and before each session she is always very thorough in doing medical checks of pulse etc and asking about how I've been feeling. ​With a real understanding of the problem and how I'm feeling each week, Helen can tailor the treatment specifically to help. I have noticed a huge improvement in the state of my muscles, and I have a lot more mobility in my shoulders and back since I started having acupuncture. Not only is Helen very skilled at the practice, she is very warm, friendly, and sympathetic to your problems. I would highly recommend her to anyone.'

‘I have been having acupuncture for a few months now and it has helped enormously in reducing pain. It is relaxing, painless and helps with my often low energy levels too.’

Lucy ​

‘All I can say is that acupuncture really works. I drive over 30,000 miles a year for my job and suffer problems because of this. Acupuncture enables me to do my job without discomfort.’

Mark ​ 

'Helen was very professional at all times, yet very warm, gentle and easy to talk to. She quickly understood my needs and listened to my concerns. She then devised a treatment to suit me personally. I found the treatment very beneficial and felt generally better and also much more relaxed. Helen was always happy to explain what she was doing and did everything she could to make me comfortable. I would thoroughly recommend Helen to anyone.’


'Since starting acupuncture I have been feeling generally better and calmer.   I have also noticed how much my stress levels have reduced, leading me to feel much more relaxed.'

'I have always had problems with my back.. The treatment helped very much before I became pregnant and after the birth as I was able to have treatment weekly. This helped the pain immensely.'


'Before I arrived I was in considerable pain and discomfort night and day. After several treatments my agility is so much better and no pain. The treatment was very professional.'


'I've seen Helen for treatment for my back and highly recommend her. She is very knowledgeable and answered all my questions and gave me acupuncture treatments and also back massages which were so relaxing! I had wondered whether I would feel the needles at all, but was pleased to find there was no discomfort at all. Helen is chilled out and an easy person to talk to about any health concerns. Will be recommending to my friends!'


​'Helen is wonderful. She is very knowledgeable and seems to be able to deal with anything. If you're new to acupuncture or you're familiar with it I would recommend Helen.'


'I had not tried Acupuncture until I injured my back and experienced excruciating back pain which did not respond to analgesics. Helen Stafford was recommended to me and I had two acupuncture treatment sessions, which provided immediate, complete and very welcome relief from pain. She also suggested that I see a Chiropractor to deal with the injury, again with positive results. I have no hesitation in recommending Helen and the very positive effects of Acupuncture.'


'I suffered a persistent back pain that eventually became a continuous intense sharp ache in my left hip. This was beginning to make daily life something of an ordeal. It was suggested that I try acupuncture, which I approached with an open mind with no expectations. The day after treatment by Helen, I was both surprised and delighted to find the pain gone - a wonderful relief. The same pain recurred about three months later ... and once again a single treatment was effective. This time I had some follow-up treatment as well, which I think helped and which I found restful. Helen is very easy to talk with and has a very pleasant and gentle manner.'


​'I would highly recommend Helen for anyone considering Acupuncture, she put me at lease through the whole experience and was very professional. Treatment was very effective and as I bonus I found it very calming and relaxing, I felt revitalised after every session.'



Helen is registered with SImplyhealth

                      EXETER ACUPUNCTURE CLINIC ​  

Bookings: 01392 221122      Enquiries: 07814 304424

MSc. BA. LicAc. MBAcC

​Member of the Obstetrical Acupuncture Association

​​Helen Stafford Acupuncture

     01392 221122

Helen Stafford  MSc, BA, LicAc, MBAcC

Exeter Acupuncture Clinic @

Cathedral Chiropractic and Acupuncture Clinic

6 Southernhay West,

​Exeter, EX1 1JG

Bookings: 01392 221122

Enquiries: 07814 304424


Some of the diseases, symptoms or conditions listed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) for which acupuncture has been proved—through controlled trials—to be an effective treatment:

  • Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy
  • Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)
  • Biliary colic
  • Depression
  • Epigastralgia, acute (in peptic ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis, and gastrospasm)
  • Facial pain 
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Headache
  • Hypertension, essential
  • Hypotension, primary
  • Induction of labour
  • Knee pain
  • Low back pain 
  • Morning sickness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Neck pain
  • Period pain
  • Postoperative pain
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Sciatica
  • Sprain
  • Stroke
  • Tennis elbow

 Some of the diseases diseases, symptoms or conditions listed by the WHO for which the therapeutic effect of acupuncture has been shown but for which further evidence is needed:

  • Abdominal pain (in acute gastroenteritis or due to gastrointestinal spasm)
  • Acne vulgaris
  • Bell’s palsy
  • Bronchial asthma
  • Cholecystitis, chronic, with acute exacerbation
  • Cholelithiasis
  • Earache
  • Female infertility
  • Facial spasm
  • Female urethral syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia and fasciitis
  • Gouty arthritis
  • Herpes zoster
  • Insomnia
  • Labour pain
  • Lactation, deficiency
  • Male sexual dysfunction, non-organic
  • Ménière disease
  • Neuralgia, post-herpetic
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome
  • Postoperative convalescence
  • Premenstrual syndrome
  • Raynaud syndrome, primary
  • Recurrent lower urinary-tract infection
  • Retention of urine, traumatic
  • Sjögren syndrome
  • Sore throat (including tonsillitis)
  • Tobacco dependence
  • Ulcerative colitis, chronic



Exeter Acupuncture Clinic - Helen Stafford Acupuncturist