Julie Kelham’s passion for Chinese Medicine began over 15 years ago when she trained in Auricular Acupuncture to treat addiction issues. She practices Integrated Acupuncture which is a combination of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Five Element Acupuncture.
In her practice, Julie Kelham sees people with a wide range of health issues. Her main interest and area of clinical work is Women’s Health and Wellbeing (particularly optimizing fertility, gynaecological issues, and supporting women through the Menopause), and she has developed a depth of knowledge and expertise in these specialized areas.
What Julie Kelham deeply values and respects about Chinese Medicine is the holistic and individual approach which it offers, whereby each treatment is unique to each person supporting their physical, emotional and mental health on an energetic level. Julie creates a space where people feel listened to and supported with the challenges in their lives.
Previously, Julie trained as a Social Worker and has worked in the Drug/Alcohol, Mental Health, and Social Housing Field. She has worked with a diverse range of people with complex needs and brings this experience to her acupuncture.
Julie Kelham is a member of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) and works within a strict code of conduct maintaining a high standard of practice. She has an ongoing commitment to personal and professional development which includes clinical supervision and specialized training.
Availability & Fees
Tuesdays 2:15pm to 8:45pm
Wednesdays 1:30pm to 6:30pm
Fridays 1:30pm to 5:30pm
Saturdays 9:00am to 1:00pm
Acupuncture – £50 for 45 minutes
- BSC (Hons) in Chinese Medicine
- Licensed Acupuncturist
- Member of the British Acupuncture Council
- Diploma in Social Work
I have been suffering from chronic neck pain for a number of years as a result of a whiplash injury. Julie was recommended to me for her superb expertise in acupuncture and her empathetic nature. I have had 3 sessions so far and the results have been better than I ever expected. She took the time to get to know me and talk through the full history of my neck pain. The treatments have been tailored each session and I’ve found electro acupuncture works wonders! I no longer have the constant nagging pain and look forward to continuing the treatment. Having Saturday and evening appointments available is great with work and I can’t recommend Julie highly enough.
I first went to see Julie on recommendations for acupuncture treatment for backache. She made me feel at ease and explained to me clearly what to expect. Julie is extremely thorough and attentive. The treatment I have received has helped me greatly. I’m very thankful and would recommend Julie without any hesitation.
– H.R. (Bristol)
“I undertook a course of acupuncture for the first time recently on the recommendation of several friends and health professionals. I was suffering from symptoms of anxiety and sleeplessness, and I found the treatment both relaxing and effective. Julie was an empathetic practitioner, who listened and thought carefully about each stage of my treatment, and the details were recorded. She worked in a calm and confident manner, and was happy to explain what she was doing and why. I am very happy to recommend her methods and approach.”
– Chris (Bristol)
I really cannot thank Julie enough for all her support, advice and caring since I first started my treatments. She has listened so well and supported me on my ‘bad’ weeks as well as my better ones. Julie handled my case so sensitively and I have appreciated her help so much.
“ [Julie Kelham] is a very good acupuncturist and is very focused, precise and caring. She is a great listener and would give you a 100% of undivided attention. Julie has a very open, gentle and friendly approach which made me feel very safe. Her style of practice is very inclusive, she always explains what she is doing and why. During the sessions I felt the immediate impact of the treatment and was surprised at its strength and effect. I would definitely recommend her. ”
Julie was very thorough with her patient history and gave me time each treatment to update her with how I’d been and my current symptoms. My night and day time sweats have vastly improved since Julie has been treating me and I found her very professional.
“ My experience with Julie has been very positive and she has been able to identify the key points to treat and has done so with great results.”
Julie, my acupuncture practitioner, is very good; she made me feel at ease and talked me through my treatment. She is a very caring person.
Women's Health Testimonials
“I started seeing Julie because I suffered from endometriosis, which caused me continuous pain and had made my life increasingly hard. After just a few appointments I began to benefit from Julie’s treatments and now, my life has changed completely. I no longer experience pain or any other symptoms of endometriosis and truly feel myself again. Julie has been kind, thorough and empathetic, always using her knowledgeable of natural health to contribute to my healing process. I feel that Julie has not only treated the condition but has helped me to confront it, overcome it psychologically and become more confident in caring for my body and preparing to start a family. ”
– Nicola (Bristol)
Julie provides an extraordinary depth and knowledge of healing through her practice. I came initially with peri-menopausal symptoms. Her wise counsel, sensitive and adept approach allows a really deep healing process. I have been carried through an intense and highly potent time for a woman with ease and strong guidance and it continues. Although my initial enquiry was about coming into the menopause, Julie has helped me uncover and work with so much more beyond the symptoms. She can hold you with a great gentleness, and bring a light, poetic touch with her Chinese medicine knowledge and love of her work and the power that her healing can bring. The healing is deep and profound and has helped carry me in to realms of self-knowledge and life I could not have imagined some years ago.
– L.F. (Bristol)
“Acupuncture has helped me manage many of the aspects of having endometriosis including the pain and my menstrual cycle. It has also supported me on my pathway to motherhood. Having had a lot of acupuncture in the past I have found Julie to be a very warm, open and capable practitioner who is willing to discuss and work in partnership. Throughout my course of treatment with Julie I felt that she was completely committed to finding a way forward for me and to maximising my health and wellbeing. Apart from anything else, I always felt fantastic after her treatments.”
– Sarah (Bristol)
I came to have acupuncture to help reduce the symptoms of PCOS. I had found my GP to provide limited solutions for irregular periods, fatigue, digestive problems and fertility complexities. Julie was thorough in gathering all the necessary information about my physical and emotional health without being intrusive and I felt we developed a trusting relationship around my treatment. I have seen huge improvements with my cycle being regulated, PMT almost disappearing along with other symptoms which had been affecting my life.
– Lauren (Bristol)
“ I went to receive acupuncture for some peri-menopausal, menstrual problems. Any apprehension I had was fully allayed by Julie’s warm, easy approach and her professional manner. At all times I was fully involved in the treatment plan and the reasons for it. The course of acupuncture has helped stabilise my menstrual situation, and I would have no hesitation in recommending Julie to others who may benefit.”
“When I first came to Julie at the Alma Vale Centre, my husband and I had been trying to start a family for over 3 years. After trying naturally for two years, we had just spent the previous year having fertility treatment (IUI) which had all been unsuccessful. I started having acupuncture with Julie as I started my first round of IVF. Julie supported me throughout the procedure. The IVF was hugely successful (resulting in nine blastocysts) and I am now 4 months pregnant! I am sure Julie was instrumental in making the IVF work on the first attempt, and she is now supporting me during my pregnancy, which is going well. As you can imagine, I am very pleased I made the decision to go to Julie!”
– Rebecca, South Glos.
“A friend recommended the Alma Vale clinic to me, after I had a miscarriage. I had polycystic ovaries, which made getting pregnant difficult. Julie’s treatment and advice was centred around me and my circumstances rather than an off the shelf prescription. Amazingly I got pregnant within a couple of months of beginning treatment! Julie kept me balanced throughout and post the birth of our daughter. She even got rid of a cold really quickly!”
– Eleanor (Bristol)
“I saw Julie for a course of treatment to support IVF and I immediately liked her gentleness and respectful way with me. Julie has a natural therapist’s gift for listening intently and putting me at complete ease. I greatly looked forward to our sessions as she provided a dependably kind and supportive space for me while going through a testing time. Medical tests were not in my favour but my IVF was successful and I partly attribute that to Julie’s expert care. I can’t contemplate how big my thank you to her is.”
I have been having acupuncture for a few years now and I really feel that it balances me out so well. When we began to look into fertility treatment (having experienced the menopause aged 19, amongst other gynaecological issues, as well as my partner having a low sperm count, we were told that our chances of success were low!); I was recommended Julie and Jill at the Alma Vale Centre, as specialists in this particular field of acupuncture. Both Julie and Jill were absolutely wonderful, throughout the process. The treatments were fantastic, and left me feeling calm, relaxed, and most importantly, confident, and more in control of what was happening at the time. The impact of the treatment I received from Julie and Jill was massive. They are so expert in their knowledge and advice, and the treatment we received (and still do) is always so thorough. I feel the effects immediately and this continues after treatment.
We were successful with ICSI treatment on our first attempt! We feel so lucky but I know that we couldn’t have done this without the acupuncture and treatment from Julie and Jill.
We now have beautiful 5 month old twin boys, and I continue to have acupuncture with Julie to rebalance everything following the fertility treatment and pregnancy.
– Laura (Bristol)
Just to say a massive thanks for your part in making the IVF successful – I’m 18 weeks pregnant and all seems to be going ok. Still can’t quite believe it worked!
– Teresa (Bristol)