Practitioner Profiles

Houri Alavi Lic.Ac., BA, M.B.Ac.C

My professional background has been in teaching and working with families and children from different ethnicities and cultures. I was drawn to acupuncture in my 20s, through my own treatment experiences, and developed a deep interest in the treasure house of Chinese medicine and philosophies such as Daoism. I went on to train and qualify from the College of Traditional Acupuncture in 2004. Since then I’ve worked consistently in the field, with a focus on using acupuncture to support fertility, pregnancy, preparation for birth and during childbirth. I’m particularly interested in how acupuncture can support emotional health and I’ve recently completed training to incorporate Tuina (Chinese massage) in my practice approach.

I’m a member of the British Acupuncture Council and the Acupuncture Childbirth Team, Brighton & Sussex. I work (and practise yoga) at Unit 4 Natural Health Centre and also at home in Hove.

Initial consultation – £65
Follow up sessions – £50

To contact Houri, call 07814 500418 or email:

Elaine Gibbons AdvLicAc, MBAA

Elaine has been practising acupuncture since 1993.  She has always worked with a particular interest in pregnancy, gynaecology and fertility.  She is passionate about supporting and promoting women’s health and well-being.  Elaine also has a qualification in nutrition which ideally complements her interest in chinese medicine and nutrition to promote health and well-being.

Elaine works from Unit 4 Natural Health Centre, 20-26 Round Hill Street, Brighton  BN2 3RG and from her home clinic in Albourne, Sussex just 20 minutes from Brighton in a beautiful wooden cabin, with stunning views of rolling countryside, a wood-burning stove and ample free parking.

Elaine has recently published her book: ‘YES YOU CAN create a life you love’ available on amazon kindle and paperback.

She lives in Sussex with her family.

Initial consultation – £75
Follow up sessions – £55

To contact Elaine, call 07905 743268 , or email:

Training and Professional Memberships

Houri and Elaine are fully qualified and experienced acupuncture practitioners.  They both trained at the College of Traditional Acupuncture in Leamington Spa. They keep their information in the fertility and pregnancy field as up to date as possible in this rapidly changing area. They have both undertaken additional acupuncture training in many areas including the fertility and pregnancy field, confidently and frequently integrating acupuncture with Western gynaecology, fertility and obstetric treatments.

They were founder members of the Brighton and Hove Natural Fertility Centre from 2005-2011, and have good links with local fertility clinics, consultants, nurses and midwives.