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Acuhealth provides a patient-centred experience.  We actively encourage you to participate in formulating your therapeutic management plan. 

Acuhealth’s team of professionals are committed to providing the highest quality of individualised health care. We seek to integrate each client's personal perceptions and goals as to health and wellness into their treatment, viewing each person as more than a mere collection of symptoms. Whether the treatment requires the skills of a single health care provider, that of our broad based clinical team, and/or consultation to outside professionals, our best judgment is directed towards the timely resolution of the patient's health care problems.

Practitioner Biographies

   Paul Byrne             |        Caoimhe McGlinchey           

Gillian Searson         |             Nancy Jiao Li

              Professional Association



Paul Byrne began his oriental journey some twenty-eight years ago practicing and teaching martial arts, tai chi, and qi gong. In the mid eighties Gary Collins, practitioner and columnist with Irelands Sunday Independent, introduced him to Traditional Chinese Medicine. 

Educated under the governance of the Acupuncture Foundation of Ireland he studied under Jin Huide and Wu Jidong, professors of the Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and went on to gain certification in Tuina (Chinese Medical Massage) with Dr Meng of Lincoln University.

In 2004, he went to China to work in the acupuncture department at First Provincial Hospital, Nanjing, working under the renowned Professor Qiu Xian Ling, Chief Physician of the Department of Acupuncture and Moxibustion. 

He has studied Traditional Chinese Acupuncture at the Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine.  

Since becoming a licensed practitioner, he has progressed his studies under Giovanni Maciocia, one of the most highly respected practitioners of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine in Europe, and attended courses with Peter Goldman in Sound Therapy.

Currently Paul is undertaking postgraduate studies in Qigong and Qi projection therapy with Prof. Tianjun Liu who is Professor of Department of acupuncture and Tuina at Beijing University of TCM, and a consultant Qigong expert at the Qigong Administration Centre of the China Sports Commission.

In 2007, Paul undertook a further internship in China where he received Certification in Advanced Clinical Practice from Dalian Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine. 

Paul is a founding member of the Zita West affiliated Network taking an holistic approach to achieving optimum reproductive health. Covering a wide range of treatments and approaches to help boost fertility, enhance IVF, improve pregnancy, enhance birth outcomes and support post-natal recovery.





Caoimhe McGlinchey has been successfully working as an acupuncturist in general practice since 1998. Caoimhe has continued training in many branches of Chinese Medicine since qualifying over 15 years ago. Caoimhe treats a variety of problems in her practice but has specialised in gynaecology (infertility, menstrual disorders, pregnancy and menopausal syndrome). Caoimhe treats all stages of women’s wellness, from enhancing fertility, assisting IVF/ ICSI cycles, to pregnancy care, post natal care and menopause. She has recently completed a post graduate Diploma in Paediatric Acupuncture. By working in conjunction with other health caregivers Caoimhe is able to provide the most comprehensive and effective care for her patients. 

Caoimhe is a registered member of ACHI, IRCHM, AFPA and ETCMA which have strict codes of ethics and practice.

Caoimhe was a Faculty Member and Academic Board Member at the Acupuncture Foundation of Ireland for over a decade. She taught Point Location Modules, Chinese Herbal Medicine modules and was clinical assistant to final year students. She travelled to the Nanjing China to supervise and monitor graduates completing Licentiate Programmes. She was Secretary of the ACHI (Association of Chinese Herbalists in Ireland) from 2003 – 2011.She was the first Chairperson of  the AFPA( Acupuncture Foundation Professional Association) from  2008 to 2011 and sat on the AFPA board from 2000 – 2005 and 2007 – 2012. Caoimhe also sat on the Acupuncture Steering Group which was formed after facilitation days held by the Department of Health and Children. She has a particular interest in increasing recognition for the practice of Acupuncture and Herbalism through Regulation from the government and throughout Europe. She is currently the Hon. Secretary for the ETCMA which represents over 18,000 acupuncturists in more than 14 countries throughout Europe.





Gillian Searson qualified top of her class from the Acupuncture foundation of Ireland where she studied under Professor Jin Huide and Dr Wu Jidong, from the University of Traditional chinese medicine, Nanjing. She completed post graduate training in the first affiliated hopsital in Nanjing under the guidance of the renowed Dr Qiu Xian Ling, chief physician of the acupuncture and moxabustion deptartment.
On returning to Ireland she continued her post graduate training completing a diploma in Tui Na (chinese medical massage) with Dr Meng of Lincoln University, and a certificate in Chinese Patent Herbs with Professor Jin Huide.
With a keen interest in emotional issues and fertility (both natural and assisted), she became a founding member of the Zita West affiliated Network.
Gillian continutes post graduate training with the Academy of classical Chinese Medicine (ACCM) under the guidance of the distinguished Daoist Master Jeffrey Yuen.
She is a member of the AFPA and served as secretary of the Board from 2008-09. In her role as secretary she sat at the Acupuncture steering group which was formed to enable Acupuncture become statutory regulated in Ireland. Gillian also works as a teachers assistant in the Acupuncture Foundation for acupuncture point location.





Nancy Jiao Li studied Western Medicine for four years before following her long family tradition in Chinese Medicine.

After finishing her studies in China she came to Ireland and enrolled in the Acupuncture Foundation of Ireland where she spent a further 3 years studying under Professor Jin Huide and Dr Wu Jidong both from Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Nancy has wide experience working in TCM hospitals in Shengyang, China, working under her father Dr Li, a world-renowned acupuncturist and herbalist who has won medical awards in Europe and America for his herbal formulas.

Nancy has acquired specialist training from her father and practices techniques that are not widely available in Europe including eye and abdominal acupuncture.  These protocols have been shown to be highly effective in addressing long term chronic conditions that have proven difficult to clear with other specialist treatments. 

Nancy has continued her studies since graduating and has studied facial rejuvenation under Virginia Doran.

As a result of her deep understanding and lineage within TCM circles she is often called upon by fellow acupuncturists for advice on difficult cases.

She is currently a member of AFPA.



Professional Association

The Acupuncture Foundation Professional Association (AFPA) is Ireland’s longest established professional association representing Acupuncturists and Chinese Medicine Practitioners since 1987.

Services for the public.

  • Professional regulation of members, ensuring high quality safe treatments.
  • Patient Charter,
  • Public Information Service.
  • National Register of Acupuncturists.
  • VHI, BUPA/Quinn Healthcare; VIVAS , HSA cover for professional treatments.
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