Irina Szmelskyj


Award-Winning REGISTERED Acupuncturist

  • National Award-Winning Acupuncturist

  • Registered with the British Acupuncture Council

  • Registered with the British Acupuncture Association

  • Registered with the British Medical Acupuncture Society

  • 18 years’ experience

  • International speaker

  • MSc lecturer and examiner

  • Specialist IVF and fertility acupuncturist

  • Co-author of the International Best-Selling Textbook on the management of fertility and IVF patients ‘Acupuncture for IVF and Assisted Reproduction’, ISBN 978-0702050107

Irina Szmelskyj Principal Acupuncturist
Irina Szmelskyj, Registered Acupuncturist in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire

Professional Credentials

  • Certificate in Acupuncture, Northern College of Acupuncture, York, UK, 2003

  • Diploma in Acupuncture, Northern College of Acupuncture, York, UK, 2004

  • Master of Science in Acupuncture (distinction), University of Wales, 2004

  • Post-graduate training in Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture, 2004

  • Numerous fertility and IVF courses attended between 2004 and now

  • Fertility, gynaecology and early pregnancy ultrasound scanning, The College of Radiographers, Bournemouth University, 2013

  • Member of The British Acupuncture Council

  • Member of The British Medical Acupuncture Society

  • Member of The British Acupuncture Association

Main Scientific Publications
  • Pain related disorders

  • Fertility, IVF, early pregnancy support

  • Insomnia

  • Women's health related complaints, including menstrual pain and menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes and mood swings

  • Cancer treatment side-effects support

Personal Information
  • Irina was born in Ukraine and moved to England in 1995 after marrying Alan Szmelskyj. They have been married for over 25 years and have two children.

  • When not working, Irina enjoys playing the piano, reading, travelling, narrow boating and playing with her family and two Burmese cats.

  • Irina is fluent in English and Ukrainian and has a good working knowledge of Russian.

Conferences and Speaking Engagements
  • Invited Guest Lecturer at The Northern College of Acupuncture, York, UK. Title "Acupuncture and Fertility: an Integrated Approach". 2011 to present.

  • Invited speaker at The 6th National Congress, Associazione Medici Agopuntori Bolognesi, Bologna, Italy. October, 2017. Presentations titles:

    • “Acupuncture Treatment During IVF”

    • “Advanced Infertility Medical Tests and Investigations: Interpretation and Implications for Acupuncturists”

    • “Acupuncture and IVF Research Design: Are We Asking the Right Questions?”

  • Invited guest lecturer at The New Zealand School of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, New Zealand. Title "Limitations of Acupuncture and IVF Research". November, 2015

  • Invited speaker and expert panel member at The British Medical Acupuncture Society's Spring Meeting, Newcastle, UK. Title "Acupuncture and In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) Research Design: Are We Asking the Right Questions?". April, 2015

  • Invited speaker at The Acupuncture Fertility Network Conference, Gloucestershire, UK. Title "Conventional Medical Infertility Investigations: Interpretation and Implications for Acupuncturists". March, 2015

  • Speaker at the 17th International Acupuncture Research Symposium, King's College, London, UK. Title "Acupuncture and In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) Research Design: Are We Asking the Right Questions?". March, 2015

  • Invited guest lecturer at The New Zealand School of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, New Zealand. Title "Outcome Measures". November 2014.

  • Speaker at The Annual Zita West Fertility Acupuncturists Network Seminar, The Royal Society of Medicine, London, UK. Title "Mechanisms of Acupuncture in Reproductive Medicine: Summary of Research". November 2014.

  • Invited guest lecturer at Lincoln University, Lincoln, UK. Title "Acupuncture and Fertility: an Integrated Approach". 2011-2014. 

Book acupuncture for IVF fertility

World-leading expertise in IVF and fertility acupuncture

Our acupuncturist, Irina Szmelskyj, is a co-author of a leading textbook on acupuncture treatment of fertility and IVF patients.

The book ‘Acupuncture for IVF and Assisted Reproduction’ (ISBN 978-0702050107) reached No1 best-seller ranking in the UK, the USA, Canada, Australia, France, Germany, India.

What our acupuncture patients say

Saffron Walden, Essex
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"I have just had my first meeting with Irina to discuss acupuncture as I am having IVF. I left the meeting feeling more positive about my IVF journey than I have done in months. Not only did she explain how acupuncture can help, she also has really good knowledge of the IVF process and how different drug protocols can help depending on your need for fertility treatment. I think I have found a gem - thank you Irina!"
Ely, Cambridgeshire
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"Irina is exceptional in her knowledge about acupuncture and fertility. She is friendly and professional and goes beyond the call of duty to support her patients, offering genuine care and much-valued advice as well as treatment. I would highly recommend her."
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
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"I can’t speak highly enough of Irina. She made me feel like I was her only patient. Her expertise in fertility made me completely confident that I was in good hands and she answered every question with detailed, evidence-based knowledge. Irina gave me hope and positivity when I felt I had none and she filled with me confidence that this pregnancy would be different. Irina is professional, sympathetic, and thoughtful. I just wished I had found her seven years ago."
Duxford, Cambridgeshire
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"The passion of Irina about her job and fertility is just incredible. No doubt that her care, her responsibility and knowledge make her one of the best acupuncture practitioner for this topic. I drive 1.5h (45minx2) to go to her sessions and I will certainly keep doing it! I highly recommend her."
St Neots
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"I came away feeling fully informed, very relaxed and positive following on from my first consultation /acupuncture treatment. Irina is very professional, friendly and makes you feel that you are in the very best hands. The acupuncture was completely pain free and the heat treatment very soothing. I am particularly grateful for all of the advice that Irina gives me, she takes into account the whole picture of your presenting complaint. I like her honest approach and realistic expectation to each individual case. I would not hesitate to recommend Irina (True Health Clinics)."
Sandy, Bedfordshire
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"Irina was fantastic. She was so informative and I came away feeling very positive about trying to conceive. I have seen various doctors and consultants, but none have been as informative as Irena! She made me feel at ease and the whole process was not as daunting as I thought. I would highly recommend this clinic to anyone!"
Milton Keynes
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"Irina is always personable and professional.I travel for an hour for my appointments and she is worth it by far the best Acupuncturist I have ever had."
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"Irina is so knowledgeable, she was more informative than my fertility doctor. She has a calming effect."

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