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Dr. Lily Lai

PhD Herbal Medicine in Primary Care
BSc (Hons) Traditional Chinese Medicine
Bachelor of Medicine (Beijing) TCM
Fully Registered and Insured with the RCHM and ATCM


About me

I've been in clinical practice offering acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine in Hertfordshire for the last 10 years.  My specialism is in offering natural solutions to health problems and I'm passionate about helping women, men and children achieve their best when it comes to health. 

Because of my clinical training and research, I'm particularly well known for my expertise in pain management and in hormonal conditions such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and fertility issues - especially on the run up to and during IVF treatments.  Since 2010, I've worked with GPs and health researchers to develop more scientific evidence for herbal medicine.  I was awarded a PhD in 2015 by the University of Southampton Primary Care department for my research into the effects of Chinese herbs for polycystic ovary syndrome.  

My research has enabled me to remain at the forefront of PCOS and fertility research using conventional and complementary medical approaches.  This has included working with the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists to review complementary medicine research.  I continue to actively share my experiences and research through scientific publications and by presenting talks and seminars to patient support groups, local charities, and at conferences in the UK and overseas. 


I've received clinical experience working in both private and NHS settings including:

  • Whittington Hospital NHS Pain Clinic (Archway)
  • Chinese National Healthy Living NHS Walk-in Centre (London)
  • Asanté Academy of Chinese Medicine (Archway)
  • Beijing Xi Yuan Hospital for Chinese Medicine (gynaecology, respiratory, neurology wards)
  • Beijing China-Japan Friendship Hospital (neurology, gynaecology wards)
  • Ang Mo Kio Acupuncture Clinic (Singapore)
  • Centre for Traditional Chinese Medicine (Highgate)
  • Acuherb Chinese Medicine Centre (Manchester)


I'm registered and insured with the Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ATCM) and the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine (RCHM).  This ensures that I adhere to professional standards of ethical conduct, hygiene, sterilisation and safety in the practice of Chinese medicine.  I prescribe Chinese herbal medicines only from RCHM-approved suppliers who must meet minimum quality and safety standards and pass rigorous inspection procedures from independent auditors.  

I am also a member of the Acupuncture in Conception and Childbirth Team (ACT Herts), Acupuncture Fertility Network (AFN), NHS Directory of Complementary and Alternative Practitioners and am listed on the Acupuncturists Register for Herts and Essex Fertility Centre and Mount Vernon Lynda Jackson Macmillan Centre.  Besides my practice, I have also volunteered with Mind in Dacorum, a mental health charity based in Hemel Hempstead.


I continue to update my clinical knowledge by regularly attending courses delivered by eminent practitioners such as Mazin Al-Khafaji, Jane Lyttleton, Debra Betts and Sarah Budd.  

I also lecture, supervise and mentor undergraduate and postgraduate students of both conventional and complementary medicine in the UK and in China.