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Mel Hackwell, Acupuncturist

Melanie Hackwell is a member of the AFN (Acupuncture Fertility Network).

Acupuncture is a holistic therapy which very much focuses on the mind and body together which makes it a great therapy integrated with IVF.

Research has shown that Acupuncture treatment can reduce stress and anxiety during the IVF process, improve blood flow to the reproductive organs, alleviate stress and anxiety, optimise endometrial lining, support positive IVF outcomes and decrease inflammation and pain.



Melanie Hackwell is a member of the AFN (Acupuncture Fertility Network).
I only practice acupuncture for Fertility and Women’s Health.  I have been practicing this speciality for 10 years and hold a BSc in Acupuncture, as well as receiving clinical training in China, and extensive post graduate training in Fertility.  I am currently working on my Advanced Level Diploma in Fertility Acupuncture and have just completed training with Paul McKenna in Hypnosis and Neuro Linguistic Programming and am currently putting a programme together to use Hypnosis and NLP as an adjunct to my Fertility patients.

One of the most important aspects is that I was once sitting where you are today.  I am fully versed with the pain and intense emotions that go along with trying to conceive.  A large amount of empathy is given to my patients which I feel is essential in the healing process.

Like all acupuncturists, I will conduct a detailed case history.  However, with Fertility Acupuncture I will also delve into the immune system in great detail along with any previous illnesses one may have experienced, as well as vaginal microbiome history.  I have good relationships with various specialists such as andrologists, immunologists and endocrinologists and will point you in the right direction if this is appropriate.

Increasingly, due to various environmental factors, I am seeing more and more men requiring treatment and I have post graduate experience in male factor fertility.

I will also give you an honest opinion of how long I feel treatment will be required.  I do however ask that you give me time to tackle the underlying issues that I see on a daily basis.  In order to have the best results, I will need to see you regularly for a period of months.  I will often have people approach me a week before starting fertility treatment.  While I am happy to help and the acupuncture will provide relief from the stress that a patient is under, more time is required to clear the underlying issues that I see so often in clinic.

I am delighted to have a chat with anyone who needs more information or just so we get to know one another.  I feel it is so important to build a close relationship to my patients so they trust in the support and advice that I give them.


About Acupuncture

Combining Eastern medicine with Western medicine has been shown to be incredibly effective for a wide range of health conditions and this is certainly true when it comes to using acupuncture.

Fertility clinics and menopause doctors are increasingly recommending acupuncture to their patients whilst women who are in the peri-menopause and menopause are turning to Acupuncture to support hot flushes, night sweats, irritability, sleepless nights and other debilitating menopausal symptoms.

What is Acupuncture?
Chinese Medicine theory is based on the healthy functioning of the body being governed by the flow of “Qi” (or energy) through a system of channels (or meridiens) under the skin.  When this flow of qi becomes blocked, illness occurs.  When acupuncture is performed, fine needles are inserted at various points along the channels and the body’s balance can be restored and the illness is resolved.


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