Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Practitioners

Avicenna Centre for Chinese Medicine has a selection of carefully chosen skilled practitioners.  Each are experts in their field, well-known for their specialist treatments - so you can benefit from the best that Chinese medicine has to offer. 

These experts include Chinese doctors, herbal therapists and acupuncturists, as well as Western trained doctors with additional training in Chinese Medicine.  Together, they can assist in managing an incredibly wide range of acute and chronic conditions.

Avicenna's Main Practitioners


Mazin Al-Khafaji

Mazin started his studies in Chinese medicine and the Chinese language in 1979, and gained his Doctor of Chinese Medicine from Shanghai College of TCM in 1987.

He is respected worldwide as an inspirational  teacher and clinician and co-author of the textbook Manual of Acupuncture.

Mazin specialises in: Dermatology, auto-immune & allergic disease.

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Ying Fan

Ying Fan graduated as Doctor of Chinese Medicine from the prestigious Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, subsequently gaining an additional Master of Chinese Medicine in both Western and Chinese Medicine Dermatology, and has been the recipient of several scholarships and awards.

Ying Fan specialises in: dermatology, immunology, gynaecology, general internal medicine.

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Virginia Wood

Virginia is an experienced acupuncturist and herbalist and has been practising Chinese medicine since 1988. She qualified in herbal medicine in 1994 at The London School of Chinese medicine under Mazin Al-Khafaji and Michael McIntyre. In 2012 she completed a specialised diploma course in dermatology with Mazin Al-Khafaji.

Since then she has worked in England, New Zealand and more recently in Italy where she taught Chinese herbal medicine in various schools.

In 1997 she studied under Dr Xu in Nanjing and has since specialised in gynaecology, particularly infertility, working with midwives and in hospitals assisting in births.

She teaches Yoga and has a particular interest in yoga therapy. She runs a Yoga Teachers Training program licensed by the Yoga Alliance.

Virginia specialises in: General health, gynaecology and fertility, Yoga therapy.

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