About Rita Halstead

treatment roomRita is a qualified, licenced and experienced acupuncturist. She studied at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine (CICM) in Reading and has been practising acupuncture in Leigh-on-Sea and Southend-on-Sea for over 25 years.

Rita is also a local tutor for CICM, teaching and helping acupuncture students in Essex.

Rita is enthusiastic about working with students as they grow towards qualifying and setting up in practice themselves.

Rita is a registered member of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC), the UK’s leading professional body for acupuncturists. Members of the BAcC are fully insured and adhere to a code of safe practice and professional conduct to ensure your health and safety at all times.

Rita trained in both Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and the Five Element Constitutional Acupuncture.

Traditional Chinese Medicine

TCM concentrates on your symptoms. It is well suited for treating a wide range of physical and psychological conditions. It is also very effective when treating musculo-skeletal problems. It provides an effective framework for treating complaints such as headaches, gynaecological problems, digestive complaints, chest conditions and many other illnesses. The aim is to find the cause of your disharmony and treat it.

Call Rita today on 01702 478559 to book your acupuncture appointment

Five Element Constitutional Acupuncture

Five Element Constitutional Acupuncture focuses on you the person rather than your illness alone. A combination of your genetic inheritance and the first few years of your life can leave you with subtle imbalances that affect your health and well-being.

Your constitution and what happens to you in life are important factors in determining your physical and mental health. A Five Element diagnosis seeks to understand and strengthen your constitution.

Rita has successfully completed many post-graduate courses since qualifying, including :

Back pain and joint pains
Gynaecology and Fertility
IVF and assisted Conception
• Adrenal fatigue and stress
• Mood disorders, Depression and Anxiety
• Skin Conditions
• Nutrition and healthy eating
• Neurological conditions
Battlefield Acupuncture
Japanese Acupuncture
Cosmetic Acupuncture
• Ear Acupuncture
• Electro-Acupuncture
• Acupuncture for male disorders
• Acupuncture for cancer patients
• NADA protocol for addictions


Having also qualified as an Iridologist and registered with the Guild of Naturopathic Iridologists (GNI), Rita takes a digital picture of your iris during your consultation. This picture is then analysed to assess your unique genetic strengths and weaknesses, and your inherited constitution. This gives you an opportunity to prevent illness and maintain your optimum health.

Contact Rita Today to find out more about acupuncture or call on 01702 478559