Pip Bolland Acupuncture

for health and well being



          Acupuncture treatments in the centre of                        Skipton, North Yorkshire           

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Pip Bolland acupuncturist

About Pip

I am trained in Traditional Chinese Acupuncture and have a first class honours degree awarded by the Northern College of Acupuncture, York, one of the foremost educational and research institutions for acupuncture and Chinese medicine in the UK.

I provide personalised acupuncture treatments integrating mind and body, helping to empower patients to take charge of their own health and well being. Massage, cupping or electro-acupuncture and lifestyle advice can be integrated into an acupuncture treatment depending on your individual needs. I have a particular interest in women’s health having completed my final research project on the menopause with a focus on the treatment of anxiety with acupuncture during this phase of life.

Please see the conditions treated  for more details.

I am a registered member of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC). The BAcC is the governing body for Acupuncture  and training in the UK. I  practice according to a strict code  set out by the Council. Members are fully insured and I am  licensed with Craven District Council to practice acupuncture.

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Opening times​

Tuesday          10-7 pm

Wednesday      10-7 pm​ 

 Thursday         10-7 pm 

Friday              10-4 pm

Location - 28c Newmarket Street, Skipton, BD23 2JD

 (formerly at Craven clinic, Skipton)


Initial consultation & treatment 

(allow 1 hour & 40 minutes)

 Special offer £50 for Jan/Feb

(usual price £65)

Subsequent appointments 

(allow 1 hour)





Irritable bowel syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

In one of the series of large RCTs in the UK, directed by traditional acupuncturist and researcher Professor Hugh MacPherson, acupuncture was found to be superior to usual care on IBS symptom severity score at 6, 9 and 12 months but not significantly so at 24 months (MacPherson 2017): https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26980547

For diarrhoea-predominant IBS a large Chinese RCT showed electroacupuncture to be similarly effective to the drug loperamide in reducing the frequency of bowel movements (Zheng 2016): https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27310980

Two recent meta-analyses have found acupuncture to be more effective than drugs for diarrhoea-predominant IBS (Zhu 2018): https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29977312; (Deng 2017): https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29231356

Acupuncture may also help with the constipation-predominant version of IBS (Pei 2015) but there is much less research on this.


Acupuncture Alleviates Depression And Benefits The Brain

Acupuncture restores brain connectivity and benefits patients with major depression disorder (MDD). Utilizing functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), researchers at the Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine hospital document that acupuncture significantly increases the connectivity of the corticostriatum to other brain regions, an important brain circuit connection involved in rewards and motivation. In the same investigation, eight weeks of acupuncture treatments significantly decreased depression scores. Based on MRI results and clinical data, Guangzhou University researchers conclude that acupuncture regulates corticostriatal reward and motivation circuitry and improves patient outcomes for patients with depression. [1]

[1] Wang Z, Wang X, Liu J, Chen J, Liu X, Nie G, Jorgenson K, Sohn KC, Huang R, Liu M, Liu B, and Kong J. “Acupuncture treatment modulates the corticostriatal reward circuitry in major depressive disorder.” Journal of Psychiatric Research, 2017; 84:18–26.




The autonomic nervous system (ANS), which is comprised of the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) and the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS), regulates the internal conditions necessary for existence (homeostasis).Information is received from the body and external environment and a response is delivered by either the SNS, which releases excitatory signals, or the PNS which releases signals for relaxation. These signals direct the body to react in very different ways, such as increasing the heart rate and contraction force, or by reducing blood pressure and slowing the heart rate. It is exciting to know that studies show acupuncture has an effect on both the SNS and the PNS, as some further examples presented below reveal.

One of the most sensitive measures of the body’s ability to cope with stress is something called Heart Rate Variability (HRV). Rather than beating consistently at the same rate like a metronome, the heart actually changes its rate based on its fine-tuned response to the environment. A higher HRV has been associated with better health in all domains, including mental health and low levels of anxiety. Acupuncture has been shown to improve the body’s ability to cope with stress through improving HRV.

When the body is under stress, an area of the brain called the hypothalamus releases neurochemicals and research shows that acupuncture can calm this response.

Acupuncture has also been shown to increase the release of endorphins, the body’s own ‘feel-good’ chemicals, which play an important role in the regulation of physical and emotional stress responses such as pain, heart rate, blood pressure and digestive function. All of these acupuncture mechanisms have a direct effect on reducing anxiety.

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