Lily Lai Acupuncture, PhD

Acupuncture Practitioners in Hemel Hempstead

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Speedwell Pharmacy
Healthsuite Consultation Room 4
161 London Road, Apsley
Hemel Hempstead

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Opening hours

Monday to Wednesday: 9am - 8pm

Thursday to Friday: 5pm - 8pm

Saturday: 9am - 5pm

Sunday: Closed

Key Services

fertility acupuncture, Pain managent and relief, Polycystic Ovaries


  • Actively working alongside GPs in medical research
  • Experienced acupuncturist at NHS pain clinic
  • PhD in herbal medicine and primary care
  • Double degree by Middlesex and Beijing University
  • Expertise in polycystic ovary syndrome

Who are we?

Lily Lai is a Hertfordshire-based expert in acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine and has been in clinical practice for over 10 years. She provides natural solutions to health problems and is particularly well known for her expertise in pain management and in hormonal problems such as polycystic ovary syndrome and fertility issues. She believes passionately in using traditional Chinese medicine alongside modern standards of clinical practice and research to provide the best care possible for her patients.

Trade Bodies / Associations

Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine, Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Herts and Essex Fertility Centre, Acupuncture for Conception and Childbirth Team (ACT Herts)

Specialist Services

We offer natural solutions to health problems and are particularly well-known for our expertise in pain relief and pain management, polycystic ovary syndrome and fertility issues. Take advantage of our free, no-obligation telephone consultation to find out if Chinese medicine is suitable for you.

Clinical expertise and a passion for integrated care

Lily holds a PhD in primary care and herbal medicine from the University of Southampton as well as a double degree awarded by Middlesex University and Beijing University of Chinese Medicine. She is a member of the Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Register for Chinese Herbal Medicine and is a Herts and Essex Fertility Centre listed acupuncturist. Her prior Chinese medical and clinical training was based on a 2-year placement at the NHS Whittington Hospital Pain Clinic in North London and a 6-month clinical placement in Beijing hospitals where she developed a passion for integration of acupuncture and herbal medicine with conventional treatments and services.

Research expertise and working with medical experts

As part of her research work and passion for working with biomedicine, Lily continues to work alongside GPs and healthcare scientists in medical research. Her own research focuses on reproductive wellbeing with particular emphasis on polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and was responsible for conducting the first research study in the UK to investigate the effects of Chinese herbal medicine for symptoms of PCOS. Lily's research enables her to remain at the forefront of research into conventional and complementary medical approaches. She has previously worked with the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists to review complementary medicine research and continues to actively share her clinical experiences and research with patients, medical professionals and researchers.

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"I had a lot of un-diagnosed joint and muscle pains since June 2005 (and the doctors thought it might be rheumatoid arthritis but there was a considerable wait to see a specialist). Being very scared of needles I visited Lily as a last resort. The pain killers that the doctors were prescribing were not having any effect and I was desperate. The Osteopath that I visited also thought that it might help. Lily was very calm and reassuring, explaining exactly what was going to happen. She was very gentle and constantly checked that I was ok. Within five days of my first treatment I was able to walk up stairs without crying and I also stopped taking the pain killers. At a later date I mentioned some digestive problems and these are much better now after one treatment. I also do not sleep very well and get headaches but these are now gradually improving. I have also had an acupressure treatment which I found wonderfully relaxing."


"A friend had just started treatments with Lily to treat her infertility and recommended her. I had tried acupuncture before and hadn't been very comfortable with the practitioner but decided to try Lily anyway. Lily was extremely professional from the very start. I felt she really cared about her work and her patients, and was very understanding and very thorough. She told me I would need at least 12 treatments - by the 9th week, I was pregnant! The treatments made me feel better generally, my periods improved immediately as did my basal body temperatures. It was an added benefit that she is a good listener and helped me work through the stress the infertility had caused. I cannot recommend Lily highly enough, she helped me all through my pregnancy and I am sure the lifestyle changes she recommended helped me get pregnancy again very quickly - I now have two lovely boys!"

Mrs D, Aylesbury.

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