Apothecary Natural Health Centre

Hammersmith West London


Our Treatments


Physiotherapy

This well established form of treatment can be used to treat many physical conditions, including back and neck injuries, athritis, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, sports injuries etc. We can also offer rehabilitation for neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis, strokes and head injuries. Our approach involves hands on techniques including massage, mobilisation, manual traction and manipulation, as well as a full range of exercises, stretches, postural and lifestye advice.

At Apothecary Natural Health Centre we provide treatments tailored to you as an individual. As well as assessing and treating the affected area, we assess and rebalance the whole body and work with you to regain fitness and stamina.

Our aim is to help you get back to work, sport and the things in life you want to do.

Acupuncture

This is a versatile form of treatment which can be used to treat a wide range of conditions, both acute and longterm, and rebalance the body as a whole. During the treatment very fine needles are inserted into specific points along specific channels of qi (energy). The procedure is virtually painless and many people experience a feeling of relaxation during and after the session.

We assess and treat you as an individual, looking at all aspects of your health and lifestyle. Traditional Chinese methods of diagnosis are used, which include taking your pulse, looking at your tongue and observing your posture. We then discuss the best approach to treatment - often a combination of acupuncture and tuina massage - and work with you to support changes in your diet, exercise, relaxation and general lifestyle.


Tuina Chinese Massage

At Apothecary we have a particular specialism in tuina Chinese massage. This  versatile and effective therapy, probably the precursor of acupuncture alongside which it is often used, has grown and developed over the past few thousand years. It can be used to treat a wide range of conditions, both physical and internal, including: joint pain, injuries and imbalances; migraine and tension headaches, IBS and digestive imbalances, asthma and respiratory conditions, menstrual and fertility issues, insomnia and anxiety. The techniques are often gentle, but the effects deep and long lasting. It is usually administered through light clothing.

Cupping & Chinese Herbal Medicine

This traditional medicine uses combinations of herbs to treat a wide variety of conditions. It is especially effective for digestive problems, hormonal changes, fertility issues and skin conditions. A herbal prescription is created on an individual basis and will be changed as the condition changes. Patients usually see the practitioner every two weeks to be reassessed.

Cupping is an ancient technique used in many countries. Large glass cups are heated with a flame and pressed on to the affected part of the body for form a vacuum. The cups may be left in place of a few minutes or drawn along the skin. Cupping is particularly effective at releasing tight muscles and promoting healing by warming the area and increasing the blood circulation.


 

Chinese Medicine

Chinese medicine is an ancient system with a unique approach to health, which has evolved and changed over time so that it remains highly relevant today. It offers simple, but effective solutions to a wide range of both short and long term conditions.

There are five main styles of practice – acupuncture, tuina massage, herbs, qi gong exercises and dietary advice. They may be used individually or in combination and offer an effective alternative or complement to conventional medicine. Your practitioner will be able to discuss them with you and recommend the best approach for your condition.

Chinese medicine seeks to treat the root of health problems by treating the person as an individual and as a whole physically, energetically and emotionally. It looks for connections between the different areas of the body and takes into account all the factors which may be affecting a persons health and life, including accidents and illnesses, emotions and tension, work, diet and sport.

In addition to the hands on treatment practical advice on exercise, relaxation, diet and nutrition may be given.


Shiatsu

Traditional Japanese bodywork which is based on the principles and underlying philosophy of Chinese medicine. Like the Chinese techniques it works on the whole, focusing on channels of energy and pressure points. Where there is a lack of flow there will be symptoms or the beginnings of disease. The practitioner draws the atttention to this lack of flow to enable the person to awaken their healing potential. It is usually administered through light clothing and practitioners often use a futon mattress on the floor, rather than a treatment couch.

 

Prices

Initial assessment and treatment £60

  • Acupuncture (excluding facial)
  • Tuina Massage
  • Physiotherapy
  • Chinese Herbal Medicine*
  • Shiatsu
  • Reflexology

Follow-up treatments £55

  • Acupuncture (excluding facial)
  • Tuina Massage
  • Physiotherapy
  • Chinese Herbal Medicine*
  • Shiatsu
  • Reflexology

Facial Acupuncture with facial massage £70 per session or £490 for eight sessions

includes one free session


* The cost of herbs will vary according to the prescription

Rosey Grandage is a Chartered Physiotherapist and is registered with major health insurers (please contact us for more information). Normally, the cost of physiotherapy is covered by private medical insurance, although this depends on the patient’s individual policy. We would ask you to check with your insurer prior to commencing treatment and to obtain the necessary authorisation code.

Low Cost ClinicTuina 3

The aim of this clinic is two fold:

  • To provide an acupuncture and tuina massage service to those on low incomes.
  • To provide a supportive continuing learning environment for junior practitioners.

Junior practitioners who have recently completed a diploma in Qi Gong Tuina and/or a degree course in Acupuncture staff the clinic. There are experienced practitioners available should they wish to discuss a case.

Treatments: Acupuncture and Tuina Massage (excluding facial acupuncture)

Cost: £35 for an initial consultation and treatment; £30 for follow-up sessions

Open on Saturdays and Sundays 11am – 5pm

 

Practitioners

Rosey
Lead Practitioner Rosey Grandage qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist at St Mary's Hospital London and then, in 1991, went to China to study acupuncture, tuina and qi gong for two years. Since returning to London she has worked at the pain management centre at St Thomas' Hospital (1994-1997) and in private practice in West London.

She teaches on the BSc Acupuncture course at the University of Westminster and in 1999 set up a diploma in Qi Gong Tuina at the university. In 2002 she started Prospect Chinese Medicine and Physiotherapy Centre in Hammersmith and Prospect Seminars which organises seminars for students and practitioners of Chinese medicine. In 2006 Prospect moved across the road and became Apothecary Natural Health Centre. Here she has gathered a team of experienced and newly qualified practitioners focused on providing expert care for the local community.

She has sat on the executive committee of the British Acupuncture Council and is still a member of the professional conduct committee.

She has published articles on qi gong and the treatment of children in The European Journal of Oriental Medicine, written articles on acupuncture for the BBC/Open University website open2.net and the physiotherapy journal In Touch. Recently she has published an artilcle on tuina Chinese massage in The Journal of the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists. She has appeared on LBC radio.

At Apothecary she also runs Apothecary Gallery; a community interest company art gallery which provides affordable exhibition space for young artists, local artists and work which raises awareness of conservation and the environment.

Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists and the British Acupuncture Council.

As a Chartered Physiotherapist Rosey is recognised by Private Health Insurers.
Cheryll graduated from the London School of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1989 and then completed a postgraduate clinical course at Nanjing College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, China. She qualified in Swedish massage in 1984 and went onto further develop her skills by studying tuina massage from 1992-92 and again in 1996. She is qualified in Facial Acupuncture also Japanese Acupuncture.

She qualified as an autogenic training practitioner in 2002. Autogenic training is a method of deep mental relaxation and can be used to resolve many problems and to enhance the progress of other treatments. In addition she holds a certificate in counselling skills and attitudes.

She has taught advanced massage techniques to therapists and continues to teach on the Qi Gong Tuina Diploma at the University of Westminster.

Member of the British Acupuncture Council, MBAS
Alex and Jurgita are now running the low cost clinic at Apothecary for acupuncture and Tuina massage on Saturdays from 11am to 6pm. They graduated from the University of Westminster in 2014 having attained a BSc in Chinese Medicine: Acupuncture and have completed post-graduate courses in tuina Chinese massage. They are members of the British Acupuncture Council.

Alex has a particular interest in treating musculo-skeletal pain, headaches and digestive disorders Jurgita gained valuable experience from the Chinese Medical University in Taiwan where she acquired important additional skills for her practice. She has a particular interest in treating: musculo-skeletal conditions; digestive disorders and anxiety and stress reduction.

Both are registered with The British Acupuncture Council
Jonathan is a practitioner of Tuina and Shiatsu. He trained in Qigong Tuina at the University of Westminster and Tuina at the London College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (LCTA). He teaches and is a clinical supervisor at both institutions.

Jonathan trained as a Shiatsu practitioner at the Kikai Centre in London and has studied in a post graduate intensive programme with Sonia Moriceau at the Healing Shiatsu Education Centre, in the Black Mountains since 2000.

As well as the Healing Arts Jonathan is a practitioner of the Chinese Internal Martial Arts of Taiji and Bakua and the Japanese Art of Aikido

Member of the Shiatsu Society
Monica graduated from the University of Westminster in 2013 with a degree in Chinese Medicine: Acupuncture, has completed training in tuina Chinese massage in 2012 and is now furthering her studies with an MSc in Chinese Herbal medicine.

During her treatments Monica combines acupuncture, tuina massage, cupping, dietary and life style advice to help her patients gain good health and joy in life. She has an interest and experience in treating digestive disorders, sleeping problems, stress/anxiety and pain management. She believes that it is an understanding of different natural therapies and practical advice, used in combination with modern medicine, which creates lasting results for patients.

She has worked at Be Well London, a multidisciplinary clinic, where she gained experience of working with a wide range of practitioners and an insight into how and why different therapies work.
Acupuncture including Facial Acupuncture, Tuina Massage, Qi Gong and Chinese Herbal Medicine

Scott is a graduate of the University of Westminster. His interests include musculoskeletal conditions (where he often uses a combination of tendon stretching, needling and moxa), dermatology and digestive issues. He studied extensively with the late Phil McQueen whose seminars taught him to deal successfully with a wide range of musculoskeletal problems using advanced acupuncture techniques. He also worked with John Tsagaris for several months learning his beauty and cosmetic acupuncture techniques. He is experienced in treating a wide range of conditions especially using Chinese herbal medicine to aid digestive and stress related problems.

Member of British Acupuncture Council
Kirsty is a counselling psychologist practicing an integrative approach, her main model is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) but she also includes psychodynamic and person centred therapy when necessary, aiming to provide a holistic approach that meets individual needs. She has extensive experience of working with a broad range of presenting difficulties, particularly depression, anxiety disorders, interpersonal and relationship difficulties and specialises in the treatment of trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PSTD). She has developed her private practice over 12 years working with a wide range of patients and presenting issues. She has also written and edited various BBC publications on a range of issues affecting adolescents.

Accredited by the Health & Care Professionals Council (HCPC) as a registered practitioner psychologist, Chartered member of The British Psychologist Society (BPS), full member of the Division of Counselling Psychology. Post MSC Counselling Psychology (Chartership), MSc Counselling Psychology, Post Graduate Diploma Integrative Therapy, BA (Hons) Psychology & English Literature.
Accredited Feldenkrais Method 'Awareness Through Movement' teacher
 

Qi Gong

Classes teaching simple exercises, stretches and meditation techniques. Qi gong is an ancient Chinese system of self-treatment based on the idea that the body is formed of both physical and energetic (qi) aspects. The exercises help to rebalance the body on both levels and to connect with the energy of nature and the world on a wider scale. This is a deep and effective form of self-treatment and relaxation.

Suitable for all levels.

Fridays 9.30 – 10.30am
£10 per session

Wednesday 7 – 8pm Once a month. For practitioners and students of Chinese medicine – come and practice qi gong, discuss qi, diagnosis and treatments.

Yoga

Agi’s classes encompass the whole of the Hatha yoga experience. She combines Hatha yoga with Vinyasa flow focusing on breath and movement connection. She strongly believes that yoga is for everyone and tailors her class to the fitness and energy levels of those who she is teaching.

Suitable for all levels.

Tuesdays 6.45-7.45pm
£50 for five classes
£12 for a single class

‘Awareness Through Movement’ with the Feldenkrais Method

The Feldenkrais Method is a unique approach that helps you move and live in your body with greater ease and awareness.  These classes can help with your mobility, posture, breathing, coordination and overall sense of wellbeing.

They can also relieve back pain, joint pain and other injuries.

The method understands there is a relationship between our mind, body and feelings. And as we become easier in our bodies and in movement, we can feel more at home in ourselves and at the same time, we can experience fresher vitality!

Classes are suitable for everyone and all levels of fitness welcome.

Tuesdays 6:45-8pm
Wednesdays 1-2:15pm

£60 for six classes
£12.50 for a single class
To book or if you have a question about any of our courses please contact us by email or phone.

Courses

Physio 1Tuina Short Courses for Practitioners of Chinese Medicine

Musculo-Skeletal External Conditions: 5th – 9th October 

Working systematically through the body we explore the relationship between physical and qi, formed and moving, yin and yang. Examining the physical body through observation of posture and range of movement and palpation we revise anatomy and gain a deeper understanding of structure. We use cases which are of interest to the participants and discuss practical advice for patients, including qi gong, stretches and exercises.

Internal Conditions: 6th – 10th July

Each day we explore a different zang fu from the perspective of its related element and then take this theoretical knowledge into practical techniques for diagnosis and treatment. The emphasis is on quiet, deep, focused work to understand the movement of qi in balance and imbalance. We use cases which are of interest to the participants and discuss practical advice for patients, including diet and qi gong.

SandraTeaching 21Our teaching is grounded in classical Chinese medicine thinking which constantly sights the person within the natural landscape, recognising each person as both a unique individual and a microcosm of the universe. This classical, subtle style of tuina is the perfect adjunct to acupuncture and herbs; combined with qi gong it can be used for both diagnosis and treatment. On these intensive 5 day courses we teach a versatile range of techniques to enhance your practice. Learn how to work with qi and the physical body in a deep and effective way. You will explore qi through hands-on techniques, the classical theories of yin yang and wu xing (5 elements) and the practice of qi gong and yang sheng (nourishing life).

The style of tuina taught is subtle, deep and versatile, being rooted in an understanding of qi and drawing on daoist philosophy; it is used to treat both musculo-skeletal and internal conditions. The practice of qi gong is key to developing both an understanding of qi for diagnosis and treatment and effective hand techniques. You will be using tuina and qi gong throughout the course to assess, diagnose, treat and really unite theory and practice.

Tuina Chinese Massage Course1The earliest records of tuina being practiced in China date to the 2nd century BCE and, along with acupuncture and herbal medicine, it remains central to the development and practice of Chinese medicine today. As would be expected over this long period there are a variety of styles of practice and the techniques are often used in conjunction with acupuncture and/or herbal medicine and supplementary advice on diet, exercise and the practice of qi gong. The word tuina simply comes from two techniques: tui – downward stroking and na – grasping and lifting. In some areas of China massage techniques are called anmoan – pressing and mo – circular rubbing.

Entry Requirements: The course assumes an existing knowledge of Chinese Medicine: Acupuncture/Herbal Medicine and membership of a professional body: BAcC, ATCM, AACP, BMAS

To Apply: Email: info@apothecarycentre.org.uk with your CV and reasons for wanting to do the course. Numbers are limited to 14 people.

Venue: Apothecary Natural Health Centre, 33 Greyhound Road, London, W6 8NH
Cost: £350, concessions £250.

Qi Gong for Practitioners and Students

A Qi Gong Group specifically for students and practitioners who want to come together to practice qi gong and to learn about using qi in diagnosis and treatment

Once a month on a Wednesday 7 – 8pm

Contact us for more information: info@apothecarycentre.org.uk

Tutor Rosey Grandage is an acupuncturist, tuina practitioner and physiotherapist who studied qi gong as an apprentice in China from 1991-2 and has been teaching Qi Gong, Acupuncture and Tuina since 1999. She works in Wales and London, and has spent 5 years converting her barn using traditional and eco-friendly materials.


Tuina Courses

Open to practitioners already qualified in Chinese medicine: acupuncture and/or herbs, these 4 – 5 day courses offer an intensive practical training in this versatile ancient massage which is such a useful addition to practice. In China it is normally taught with acupuncture, somehow in the west the two have become separated to the detriment of both.

Rosey Grandage, Kang Xian Li and Sandra Hill have run qi gong tuina courses together for more than 15 years and have real dedication, knowledge and enthusiasm for passing on these skills and ideas.

Musclo-Skeletal Conditions: 

Dates: 20th – 24th April
Venue: Apothecary Natural Health Centre, 33 Greyhound Road, London, W6 8NH
Cost: £350, concessions £250.

Internal Conditions:

Dates: 6th – 10th July
Venue: Apothecary Natural Health Centre, 33 Greyhound Road, London, W6 8NH
Cost: £350, concessions £250.

 Advanced Tuina Chinese MassageAdvanced Tuina Chinese Massage1

These monthly advanced sessions explore treatments for specific areas of the body and conditions. They are an opportunity to discuss cases, fine tune skills and learn new techniques. They are open to those who have completed their training in tuina

Thursdays 7 – 9.pm:

Cost: £10

Contact us for more information and to sign up


qi gong1Qi Gong

Apothecary Natural Health Centre runs weekly courses in qi gong

Fridays 10 – 11am

This class is open to everyone who wants to learn and practice the ancient Chinese art of qi gong. The style taught draws on  Daoist roots of quiet observation and practice. We start each session with some stretches and warm up exercises and then move on to standing and sitting qi gong. Rosey Grandage spent several years during the 1990’s studying acupuncture, tuina and qi gong in China at both government hospitals and as an apprentice.

Fortnightly Wednesdays 6 – 7.30pm

This class is for students and practitioners of Chinese medicine and offers both qi gong practice and a space to discuss and explore concepts, cases, treatment, advice, yang sheng and really anything of interest to the group. The focus is on nurturing your own qi and developing your perception and understanding of qi so you can diagnose and work with qi during treatments.

Qi Gong classes
Teacher: Rosey Grandage
Cost: £10 per class

To book and for more information: info@apothecarycentre.org.uk

Teaching Team

Sandra Hill Sandra Hill is a Chinese medicine practitioner, writer and teacher with a particular interest in Classical Chinese texts and yang sheng. After completing an MA in Fine Art, Sandra Hill lived in Japan for 3 years where she studied tai ji, qi gong and shiatsu, as well as interning with acupuncturist and researcher Dr Hiroshi Motoyama. On her return to the UK she studied acupuncture at the International College of Oriental Medicine, where she later taught for many years. Sandra studied the classical Chinese medical and philosophical texts with French sinologists Claude Larre and Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallée, and co-founded Monkey Press in order to make their work accessible to an English speaking audience. She co-authored A Guide to Acupuncture with Peter Firebrace, and they later established the Orientation clinic and teaching centre in London. Sandra is the author of Reclaiming the Wisdom of the Body, Oriental Paths to Health and Chinese Medicine from the Classics: a beginner's guide. While maintaining the hands-on practice she developed while studying in Japan, her teaching is inspired by the philosophy of health found within the classical texts.
Rosey Rosey Grandage is a physiotherapist and Chinese medicine practitioner who has a particular interest in tuina and qi gong. She founded the Qi Gong Tuina Diploma at University of Westminster in 1999 and has continued to develop the programme and teach qi gong tuina since then. Her knowledge of China, Chinese philosophy and literature came, originally, from a degree in International History and Politics. Her focus on Chinese medicine, tuina and qi gong grew from several years studying in China. She lived in Beijing, Tianjin and Urumqi for two years from 1991 - 2, studying at government colleges and as an apprentice. Throughout the 1990s she spent several weeks each year in China furthering her studies and practice. In addition to qi gong and tuina, she is interested in the concept of yang sheng - nourishing life and this plays a central role in her teaching and practice.

Together with Sandra Hill she has developed a teaching programme which is rooted in a knowledge of the classical Chinese texts and a deep understanding of qi.

For an additional biography see the information on the Practitioners page.
Kang Xian Li is a Chinese medicine practitioner and teacher with a particular interest in qi gong, tuina and herbal medicine. She trained and worked in China, before moving to London in 1999. Since then she has set up a busy practice in north London and taught on the acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine courses at University of Westminster.
 

Shop

Our shop specialises in a wide range of natural and organic herbal products, including:


Granary Herbs 11Granary Herbs:

Echinacea, Elderberry and Swedish Bitters Tinctures, Arnica, Lemon Balm, Calendula, Comfrey and Healing Creams
Granary Herbs first came into being in 1991: ‘If you love herbal remedies as much as we do you have come to the right place’. says Christine Brown who founded the company. Its primary aim has always been to provide high quality herbal tinctures and creams. Christine runs the business and has a deep knowledge and understanding of her craft, growing her organic herbs in a traditional walled garden.


Chinese Herbal Oils, Balms and PlastersChinese products1

Sourced from a variety of Chinese herbal companies we stock Red Flower Oil, Woodlock Oil, Tiger Balm and Herbal Plaster to ease joint and muscle pains.


Faithinnature 11Faith in Nature:

Shampoos and Conditioners, Soaps, Hand Wash, Face Wipes, Essential Oils
Believes that everyone should benefit from what the earth provides. They’re passionate about keeping prices affordable and using only the best natural ingredients – because ‘only by ensuring that everyone can afford to go natural can we truly make a difference.’
Locally made, as green as possible,harnessing the healing powers of nature, but not abusing it in the process. Naturally derived, cruelty-free sources is what makes these products work so beautifully: ‘Do good by the planet, everything else just falls into place’

  • No animal tested products. No animal ingredients. No ingredients tested on animals (with a cut off date in accordance with BUAV (Cruelty Free International) requirements of 1988, and for our Household Cleaning range, a cut off date of 2003). All products are Vegetarian, and most are Vegan.
  • No Genetically Modified ingredients.
  • No synthetic colouring or fragrances.
  • No SLES, SLS or Parabens.
  • No artificial preservatives.
  • No BPA plastic (and we use rPET bottles wherever possible).
  • No Methylisothiazolinone (MI)

Farmers 11FARMERS’ Welsh Lavender Hand Cream, Foot Cream and Lip Balm

Farmers‘ creams and balms are made by hand with care. The product formulations are unique and have been created by creams designer Helen Lowe, a leading artisan in the development of body care products. FARMERS’ Lavender is grown on a hill farm in mid-Wales and made in north Wales, overlooking the Atlantic. Helen’s focus is on ingredients that are beneficial – there are no artificial colours or perfumes and they contain naturally derived ingredients which are not tested on animals. Our smart aluminum jars are made in the UK. As Christmas 2013 approached the London Sunday Times Style beauty editor, Edwina Ings-Chambers, selected FARMERS’ as her favourite new brand:

“The hand and foot creams are rich but not sticky, and come in sweet tins that take you back to childhood; and the lip balm, which comes in a jar with tin lid, is a good salve. It all looks so charming, you just want to keep on using it.”


Zaytoun 11Zaytoun CIC: Award Winning Palestinian Olive Oil, Soap and Dates

Aims to delight customers with delicious premium quality artisan Palestinian products that are fairly traded, naturally organic and ethically sourced, from small-scale farmers on the West Bank. The aim is to support these farming communities through trade rather than aid. In 2009 they helped pioneer the world’s first Fairtrade certified olive oil.


Wristwarmers 11Swiss wrist warmers

We stock bright and beautiful wrist warmers that were hand-knitted with care by octogenarian Ursula in Switzerland. They come in a variety of colours and are machine washable.

 


We also have a good range of loose organic herbs for teas.homepage link shop

You can pick and mix or choose one of our ready made mixtures including:

  • Melissa, Peppermint and Licorice for the digestion
  • Rosehip and Hibiscus
  • Rosehip and Cinnamon for winter warming
  • Oat and Rosemary to invigorate and raise the mood
  • Elderflower, Elderberry and Yarrow to cure a cold

Gallery

Featured at our London branch is a community interest company art gallery. Our main areas of interest are promoting the work of local artists, working with young emerging artists and using art to raise awareness of the environment and conservation.

Learn more about the gallery and its exhibitions here.