- BSc (Hons) Acupuncture
- LicAc MBAcC
- Dip ITHMA
Personal website: www.odetteaguirre.com
Odette is a degree-qualified Acupuncturist, a Fertility Coach, and a practitioner of various forms of Bodywork, Aromatherapy, Chinese Medicine Nutrition and Qigong. She is a member of The British Acupuncture Council, and graduated from The London School of Traditional Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
She currently works privately in both the charming West Hampstead Acupuncture clinic as well as Ashlins in Walthamstow. Thanks to her strong desire to make a career helping people in the community, Odette has been volunteered as an acupuncturist for a number of charitable causes and associations throughout London, and in October 2016 she opened her community acupuncture practice Dao Nu in order to be able to make acupuncture available to everyone.
She has done various specialized studies in Gynecology, Obstetrics, Fertility and IVF support. She uses Chinese Medicine diagnostic techniques to find imbalances which are usually the root of the problem, in order to formulate an individual fertility treatment plan that is adjusted at each stage of the female cycle or IVF process. Her treatments are focused on improving the chances of getting pregnant, managing the negative side effects of IVF medication and supporting the fertility process physically and emotionally.
Odette has done extensive training with Susan Johnson, a renowned Master Tung’s Acupuncture practitioner. She explains that “Dr. Tung’s system utilizes meridian points in new ways and also includes extra points, can provide perfect keys to the treatment of particularly challenging conditions, in addition to a wide range of common ailments” that’s why they are so effective. Master Tung's points are fondly described as 'magic' because in most cases, these points deliver instant and lasting results. Master Tung Ching Chang has been referred to as the greatest acupuncture technician who ever lived.
She is well known for her integrative approach of various disciplines as part of a holistic healthcare. She combines traditional Chinese medicine techniques such as acupuncture, moxibustion, auricular acupuncture, cupping and gua sha with Master Tung’s points and life style advice particularly on nutrition, exercise and relaxation, tailored to the individual needs for improved results.
Her passion for ancient Chinese philosophy and traditional Chinese medicine came thanks to her interest of Chinese martial arts and Qigong, which she has been practicing for the last 20 years. Since then she has been deeply inspired by the Taoist understanding of health, nature, life and death.
But most of all, Odette loves what she does, she is very passionate about Chinese Medicine and so proud to be able to provide her patients with an effective treatment that addresses the underlying causes of the manifesting symptoms in order to bring the whole body back to balance and regain health without the use of synthetic drugs.
Odette has a special interest in fertility and gynecological conditions including unexplained infertility, recurrent miscarriages, endometriosis, PCOS and ovarian or uterine cysts.However, regardless of what the western medical diagnosis is, she doesn’t treat individual symptoms; she improves fertility and women’s health by treating the whole person (body, mind and emotions) to restore their optimal health. She often helps women who want support with IVF and other assisted fertility procedures. Treatments work physically by balancing blockages in your body functions or energy channels to stimulate free flow of Qi. This is believed to help with hormonal and adrenal imbalances. They also work emotionally by reducing stress levels or correcting any unbalanced emotions caused by everyday life or simply the anxiety of trying to get pregnant that many couples experience.
She successfully treats a broad range of musculoskeletal conditions and sport injuries, such as sciatica, neck, shoulder and back pain.
She also treats stress related conditions including IBS, depression, insomnia and headaches. As well as treating a range of conditions from unexplained western diagnosis or ineffective treatment.
I have been seeing Odette regularly since undergoing IVF and I have found each session to be so beneficial. It alleviated the side effects from the medicines I had to take for the IVF, and also I found her knowledge of wider Chinese medicine (for diet/lifestyle advice) really helpful throughout.
I fell pregnant on the first round of treatment and having taken over four years to do so I feel this is in large part thanks to the support of the acupuncture sessions I had with Odette. Her empathy and understanding is a key part of why each session is enjoyable and relaxing.
It has gone on to help me still in pregnancy - to manage nausea, and increase my energy levels. I hadn't originally intended to continue with the treatment, but all the positive aspects I've experienced changed my mind!
I began seeing Odette regarding fertility treatment after my sister-in-law told me of her experience with an acupuncturist in helping her become pregnant. I was immediately impressed with her deep knowledge about fertility, her experience, as well as her compassion in working with me. I appreciated how much time was spent answering any questions or concerns at each appointment and help with any additonal health problems during our sessions. She helped me understand some shoulder/arm pain I had been having for years and seen many specialists over, giving me simples stretches that have greatly reduced much of the pain and tension I had been experiencing. And best of all after a few months of treatment, my husband and I are expecting our first child. I will continue to see Odette throughout my pregnancy. I feel like I have had an easier time with morning sickness and other early pregnancy side effects due to her expert care.
"I first came across Odette when I was 11 weeks pregnant and with a terrible migraine that had lasted 5 days. As I was no longer able to take my migraine tablets I was desperate to find an alternative solution.
I managed to get an emergency session with Odette where she treated me in between patients and the 30 minutes I had with her made me feel human again. Following that session I decided to have a regular acupuncture sessions with her throughout my pregnancy to prevent migraine.
She is amazing and thanks to her I did not have a single headache or migraine throughout my pregnancy and 5 months after. I'm back seeing her now occasionally for migraine treatment and general well-being as life as a mum can be quite tough on your body.
I have introduced her to my friends and would recommend her to anyone who is or has been suffering from migraines. She is an amazing person and a fantastic acupuncturist!"
I went to see Odette for treatment for some chronic health problems including lower back trouble and thyroid imbalance - the sorts of problems that conventional medicine offers only very limited solutions for. Odette was very attentive and professional during our treatment, knowledgeable about both the problems and the range of solutions that TCM offers to address them including acupuncture, cupping, diet and herbal medicine. Although I only had one treatment with Odette because I live abroad, I was inspired to see a TCM practitioner regularly by this visit. Thank you and good luck!!
For the past three years, Odette has been my personal Acupuncturist and the official therapist for warrior arts. She has successfully treated all manner of injuries including back pain, shoulder injuries and neck problems. I have no hesitation in recommending her as an expert in her field.
Dave Verma, Martial Arts Teacher at Warrior Arts
Odette's advice and treatments have been absolutely life-changing for me. I went to Odette with a history of chronic asthma and recurring insomnia and chest infections. She took a holistic approach, which I really appreciated. She took time to understand my lifestyle and to get to know me. Almost immediately, I felt a positive difference. Now, I know what being truly healthy feels like. I couldn't recommend Odette more-she is everything a healer should be and more.
I feel very lucky to have found Odette as she has helped me enormously with my fertility problems/poor reproductive health.
In September 2015 and at the age of 41 I started treatments with Odette where she took a full medical history and listened patiently about the long term stress/emotional factors in my life that were now causing me serious ill health and preventing me from being able to conceive a child with my partner. Odette’s treatment is unlike any other acupuncture session I have had before as she starts off each session with a consultation about how everything is going in life, then she starts the treatment with a healing, relaxing massage before the acupuncture begins.
Odette gave me a lot of guidance about how to improve my nutrition and what books to read about boosting fertility. I was spurred on by Odette’s encouragement to properly address my health issues with my GP. I had various fertility tests performed in October 2015, which diagnosed that I had elevated FSH and low ovarian reserve. I also was given the bad news that I had multiple fibroids and that combined with my poor hormone results things were not looking good for my baby making hopes. My GP then referred me to UCLH for expert consultation.
As soon as Odette learned all this she advised me to take traditional Chinese herbal medicine so that together with the acupuncture and my improved diet we could work towards improving my health. I listened to Odette and started taking herbal medicine targeted at addressing the fibroids and balancing my hormones. When I met with the hospital consultant in January 2016 he was not entirely hopeful about my fertility prospects and actually didn’t think much about my alternative therapies and instead spoke of surgery for the fibroids and drug therapy.
However, the western medicine practitioners are now baffled that my new hormone test results taken in February 2016 show that my FSH score has lowered and is entirely within the normal range for my age now and my AMH (ovarian reserve) has increased. My ultrasound scan taken in March 2016 shows that my fibroids have in fact begun to shrink significantly. Sadly I cannot receive any IVF treatment from the NHS as I am now age 42, however my GP is much more hopeful of my chances of conceiving either naturally or with IVF and I am due to see the hospital consultant again about my prospects.
Thanks to Odette’s healing treatments I am now on the road to recovering my reproductive health and God willing I will be able to conceive a healthy child.
Odette has helped me consistently over the last year or so. She has treated me for irregular periods, very effectively. She is always supportive, understanding and intuitive. Although I have been stubborn sometimes and not followed her advice about lifestyle and diet, whenever I do, the results are immediate. Her treatments have regulated my periods and provided much needed insight and support to think more constructively about my body. I don’t know what I would have done without her the last year. I really believe that she is largely responsible for maintaining my health through some stressful times. She is a wonderful, kind and skillful person. Thank you Odette.