Having a human experience doesn’t come without hurdles and, in one way or another, we are all in it together. Many of our diseases are stress-related responses from our body. Our emotions, our thoughts, the food/drinks we ingest, the environment we live in, are all things that can bring us into balance or, throw us right out of it.

There is a myriad of theories and therapies designed to restore the balance, allowing a smooth and natural energy flow. TCM, particularly in the form of acupuncture, is one of them. A very old practice with proved effectiveness.

Traditional Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is, with its thousand years of existence, rooted in the idea that we are a reflection of Nature.

We are seen in our wholeness, within the context of everyday life. Our relationships, our emotions, way of thinking, work, (family) history, lifestyle, but also the diet and the seasons influence our well-being.

We are tiny specks in the universe but, as such, also an intrinsic part of it. People and people’s stories are unique in that way and yet… so much the same. The Traditional Chinese Medicine embraces this (apparent) contradiction like no other and offers the opportunity to find balance. In a way that resonates with you.



Qi (often translated as energy) is everywhere, is everything.
There are in the (human) body certain energy pathways, called meridians in the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), where the Qi can be manipulated. You can compare ‘meridians’ to the fasciae pathways, where science is looking more and more deeply into: “Fasciae can be considered any tissue that can respond to mechanical stimuli. The three-dimensional fascia continuum arises from a perfect synergy between the different tissues with all their solid and liquid substances that run throughout the body, dividing, connecting, and nourishing it – from the superficial layer of skin to deep into the bones. These include, for example, muscle and nerve membranes, joint capsules, ligaments, tendons and blood and lymph vessels with the fluids circulating therein.”(Bordoni und Myers 2020; Bordoni et al. 2019; Bordoni et al. 2018).

When the energy is in balance, we feel healthy, energetic, and our thinking is clear.
Yin and yang in balance ensures a healthy body and a healthy mind. In TCM, people are seen as a whole: physical and psychological complaints are two sides of the same coin.

Our emotions and our lifestyle (diet, exercise, etc.) are also very important factors that can create either balance or imbalance. So here too –Food & Lifestyle– attention is paid to and tailor-made advice is given. I advise, knowing that one only follows advice when it resonates with one’s inner truth.

By inserting very thin sterile needles into the (meridian) acupuncture points we facilitate the self-healing ability of the body to restore the physical and mental balance. To support this, a TDP lamp (also called moxa lamp) and sometimes cupping are used.

Each treatment is further tailored to the individual because the different manifestations of imbalance (head, back, or stomach pain, insomnia, IBS, fatigue, etc.) can have different dynamics between the organ systems in everyone.

In this way a general mental and physical balance is created/restored, a relaxation… from where the body is again able to regulate itself.
In this Universal Intelligence that resides in each of us I trust!

Auricular acupuncture

I use some ear points as complement of the body acupuncture.

For stopping smoking and to (general) unstress I use a selection of ear points that proved to be extremely effective in the treatment of addictions, known as the NADA protocol.

For drug or alcohol abuse I only perform this protocol in settings where there is a whole curriculum of other therapies designed to treat addiction.

Counseling + Acupuncture or Cupping

Counseling is, the way I work, deeply connected with acupuncture. During the first consultation (through my empathic feelings, through what you tell me, through my intuition and acquired knowledge but also through the acupuncture diagnosis: Pulse and Tongue diagnosis and the ‘Ten questions’), I try toget an understanding of the nature of your imbalance. I then name what I ‘see’ and we look at it together.

In the consultations I underline the importance of becoming aware of the impact of thoughts on the body and vice versa so that you become more aware of your experiences, your perceptions, and your responses to events in your life.

A thought bubbles up, the brain interprets it as unpleasant and the body contracts. The other way around is also possible. There is here no linear axis of cause and effect. This blockage in the energy flow is, in itself, not even the problem. The problem is when it happens often and lasts too long. Then we call it stress, high blood pressure, depression, burnout, etc.
In addition, when we don’t bring it to our awareness, a series of “solutions” can present themselves which throw us even further off balance: The hand reaching for the glass of wine, the cigarette, the chocolate, or whatever else that offers solace for a few moments. And in this circle dance between the ‘ow’ and the ‘wow’, between the pushing away the pain and the rush to the anesthetic, our balance becomes even more disturbed.

To become (more) aware of one’s mechanisms and one’s emotions, and allowing a better flow of energy (with the needles and/or cupping) to facilitate the body’s self-healing ability, is part of the method. Gradually you will experience your emotions/thoughts without them throwing you off balance.

Read more about ‘Counseling + Acupuncture or Cupping’ on my LinkedIn profile.


Cupping and lymphatic drainage massage

Cupping therapy helps with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation, and as a lymphatic drainage (it allows toxins to be released via the lymphatic system when massaging with the cups).

Think of neck/shoulder pain, work injury, the tension from repetitive mouvements (e.g., holding and/or striking an instrument), but also of cellulitis, acne, knee arthritis, migraines, drainage of the congestion of addictive substances in the body, etc.

But think also of a cupping massage as pure relaxation.

Cupping, a modern use of an ancient therapy!

About me

A walk with my father, the person who passionately introduced me to alternative/complementary medicine.

Licensed in Philosophy in Porto, Portugal, and with a diploma of French Language and Culture I started teaching in the south. From there I took, a few years later, a lift to Amsterdam. I had been here before and, as strange as it may sound, I had felt totally at home. It was also here that my beautiful daughter was born.
The passion for this city… is still there!

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has always fascinated me. During the studies of Psychosocial therapy, I had a Counseling setting, under supervision. I loved it and the clients were very pleased. But my experience with acupuncture, as a client, showed me that the work of those tiny little needles would enrich every consultation! However, I did not complete the 4-year course of TCM/Acupuncture until much later. It was preceded by a few courses and some jobs in the healthcare services, social welfare, and cultural sector. I have also had a spiritual center for many years and since 2015 I am the owner of an event organisation.
That acquired knowledge (of the human nature) I wouldn’t have missed it for the world. I benefit enormously from it in my acupuncture practice, although my method relies heavily on intuition.

We share the same primal fears, but we all have different mechanisms to cope with them, and we walk our paths in different ways. What I do as an acupuncturist/counselor can be summed up in this eloquent and humble quote from one of my former psychosocial therapy teachers:

“I don’t follow your path, but I will walk this bit with you.”

“Prevention is better than cure” and I give much attention to prevention. But if you have already (chronic) symptoms from hormonal disbalance, indigestion, poor sleep, stress, depression, burn out,… or you feel lonely, gloomy, you have relationship problems,… We then find out which treatment suits you, and we start a trajectory.

I am a licensed member of the acupuncture association NVTCG Zhong and Q.Health is affiliated to the umbrella association KAB. Your treatment will be (most probably partially) covered by most Dutch Health Insurance companies in case you have an additional alternative medicine package. Please check with the insurance company if your personal package covers acupuncture treatments. Click here for more information.

I attend to clients in English, Dutch, or Portuguese, on Mondays from 16:00 to 21:30.


Intake & 1st acupuncture treatment (75 min) € 85
Follow-up acupuncture treatment (45 min) € 60
Counseling + Acupuncture or Cupping (90 min) € 95 *
Auricular acupuncture (25 min) € 30
Cupping and lymfedrainage massage (25 min) € 30
In regard to the Corona situation here some official measures:
  • The acupuncturist will use a mask and gloves if requested by the patient
  • The patient has to bring his/her own towel and thin, small cushion
  • Chairs and tables of the clinic will be desinfected
  • The treatment table will be covered, as usualy, with a disposable sheet

* The price of ‘Counseling + Acupunctuur or Cupping’ is exclusive 21% VAT onto the Counseling’s price. The invoice will be itemized so that you can submit the acupuncture fee to your insurance.

You can book a single session for ‘cupping’.

For ‘acupuncture’ and ‘counseling + acupuncture or cupping’ I work with trajectories. Normally, 4 to 5 sessions (once a week) and then 2 or 3 more with a bigger interval of time in between them. But of course, there is not a ‘one size fits all’, so your own case will define my advice. In any case, it is always your decision!

Appointments cancelled 24 hours before the treatment will be fully charged.​



Teresa Pinto

Prinsengracht 493,
1016 HR  Amsterdam

Cell Phone:

+31 6 5313 9686



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