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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 in the last 10 years.  Being able to offer people of all walks of life a more natural and joined-up approach to their health is immensely rewarding and I could not have chosen a profession that gives me greater satisfaction.

I specialise in female subfertility and polycystic ovary syndrome.  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.  

Besides clinical experience and knowledge, I very much value the contribution that scientific research makes and incorporate it actively into my clinical work.  I also hold in high regard the importance of a more integrated and collaborative approach with GPs and other healthcare professionals so that patients can receive the best care possible. 


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 (cardiovascular, 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 Fertility Network (AFN), NHS Directory of Complementary and Alternative Practitioners and am named on the Mount Vernon Lynda Jackson Macmillan Centre Complementary Therapists Register.  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.  

To ensure that these skills remain up to date, I continue to attend and present at clinical and research conferences.  I also lecture undergraduate and postgraduate students of both conventional and complementary medicine in the UK and China.