About Your Acupuncturist


Lianne Aquilina MSc BSc Hons MBAcC DipAyt

  • Award for Studies in Health, Life and Social Sciences
  • Coauthor Acupuncture for IVF
  • Healthcare Researcher
  • Acupuncture Guest Lecturer
  • Ayurveda Therapist
  • 15 Years of Clinical Experience

Acupuncture Title

  • Lead Acupuncturist at Aquilia Acupuncture, Stamford Lincolnshire
  • Specialist Acupuncturist, Letchworth, Hitchen North Hertfordshire

Biography, Award, and Activity

2000, Lianne obtained an NVQ level three in Diagnostic and Therapeutic support.

Acupuncture Degree
2002, she studied Traditional Acupuncture at the University of Lincoln where she obtained a First Class (Hons) degree in Complementary Medicine, specialising in traditional Chinese Medical Acupuncture 2005.

Health Care Studies award
2005, Lianne obtained an award and prize for Studies in Health, awarded by Professor B. McGaw BSc Hons, Ph.D., C. Biol, C. Chem, FRSC, C, Sci. Dean of The Faculty of Health, Life and Social Sciences at the University of Lincoln.

BSc Primary Qualitative Research Project
2006, her qualitative research conducted on 'The Therapeutic Relationship' is published by Palgrave in 'Professional Perspectives in Health Care', edited by Carol Wilkinson, USA.

Patent Chinese Herbal Medicine
2006, Lianne qualified in Chinese patent herbal medicine at The Northern College of Acupuncture. Lianne has a diploma in Ayurveda therapy.

Advanced Acupuncture Certification
2009, Lianne qualified in Advanced Acupuncture, certified at the Guangdong Province Second Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, which is affiliated with the Hospital of GuangZhou University of Chinese Medicine, China.

Acupuncture Educator Clinical Supervisor
2008, she was invited by the University of Lincoln’s acupuncture programme leader to join their team as their BSc Hons Acupuncture Clinical Supervisor where she taught acupuncture clinical practice for 8 years.

Acupuncture Classics
2009, Lianne obtained a distinction for a Masters of Arts (MA) module 'Reading Chinese Medical Classics' - a specialist module offered by The College of Traditional Acupuncture (CTA) postgraduate education department affiliated with Oxford Brookes University, UK.

Observational Researcher
2012, she was invited by the British Acupuncture Accreditation Board (BAAB) to be the Accreditation Research Observer and Reporter for the accreditation of a Master of Science (MSc) course in Chinese Acupuncture, Southbank Univeristy, London.

Acupuncture Visiting Guest Lecturer Acupuncture for Fertility, IVF and Early Pregnancy Support
Lianne is also a visiting guest lecturer to undergraduate MSc and BSc students on the use of traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture in the treatment and management of infertility and IVF.

Coauthor Acupuncture Textbook
2015, the book she co-authored was published by Elsevier and has since become the best selling international textbook. The book is entitled 'Acupuncture for IVF and Assisted Reproduction: An Integrated Approach to Treatment Management.'

Acupuncture Articles
Lianne has published in the Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine/Journal of Chinese Medicine/European Journal of Integrated Medicine and is a Contributing News Columnist for the Acupuncture Now Foundation (ANF) USA.

Fertility Research
Lianne's research consisted of the exploration of Stigma surrounding subfertility in society and healthcare. Lianne outlines implications and recommends management strategies as well as future healthcare and service research.

Masters of Applied Health Research
2017, Lianne Aquilina was awarded a Master of Science (MSc) in Applied Health Research from the Health Science Department University of York, UK.

Lianne's research included "A review of the reporting quality of key design and analysis components of cluster randomised controlled trials: a sample of monographs from health and education." This was a retrospective review of cluster randomised controlled trials funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), Health Technology Assessment (HTA) programme and a sample of trials in the field of education funded by the Educational Endowment Foundation (EEF). The consolidated standards of reporting randomised controlled trials (CONSORT) statement cluster extension was used as a benchmark for the quality of reporting of cluster trials.

Acupuncture Academic Teaching Activity
Lianne currently is a Master of Science Research Supervisor and Acupuncture Online Tutor at the Northern College of Acupuncture, York, for the Online Global MSc in Advanced Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

Italy Congress Visiting Guest Speaker
2017 Lianne Aquilina and her colleague Irina Szmelskyj were invited guest speakers at the 6th Congress on "Infertility and IVF" Italy. Topics included:

  • Optimising Natural Conception
  • Regulating the Menstrual Cycle
  • Advanced Acupuncture for IVF
  • The Social and Psychological Impact of Subfertility and Fertility Treatment
  • Management of Recurrent Implantation Failure (RIF)

Research Spokesperson
2018 Lianne was appointed as a media research spokeswoman regarding acupuncture research, public and professional relations.

Research Review
2019 Lianne Aquilina with Mark Bovey coauthored a research resource for health professionals and researchers "A review of the evidence base for IVF or ICSI and Acupuncture: Systematic Reviews and Meta-analyses." A new resource for the British Acupuncture Council, UK. Click here for a link to the briefing document.