Dr Beverley de Valois

Dr Beverley de Valois

Dr Beverley de Valois studied acupuncture at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine in Reading and at the Zhejiang College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Hangzhou, People’s Republic of China.

After graduating in 1999, she joined the Lynda Jackson Macmillan Centre, a cancer drop-in and information associated with Mount Vernon Cancer Centre in Northwood, Middlesex.  Here, she has worked part-time as a Research Acupuncturist since 2000, and focuses on investigating the use of acupuncture to improve quality of life for cancer survivors.

In 2007, she was awarded a PhD by the University of West London for her research into using acupuncture to manage tamoxifen side effects in women with breast cancer.  She has just completed exploratory research into using acupuncture in the management of lymphoedema, funded by the National Institute of Health (NIHR) Research for Innovation, Speculation and Creativity (RISC) programme.

Beverley also practices privately, and runs the Women’s Clinic in Uxbridge, where she focuses on women’s health.  She is committed to the use of 5 Element acupuncture in her practice and in her research, and is an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Social and Community Medicine at the University of Bristol.

In 2011, she was elected a Fellow of the British Acupuncture Council  in recognition of her contribution to the acupuncture profession in the UK.


Published Research:

de Valois B, Young T and Melsome E (2011) Acupuncture in lymphoedema management: a feasibility study.  Journal of Lymphoedema, 6 (2):20-31.

de Valois B, Young T, Melsome E (2011) Assessing the feasibility of using acupuncture and moxibustion to improve quality of life for cancer survivors with upper body lymphoedema. European Journal of Oncology Nursing. doi:10.1016/j.ejon.2011.07.005.

de Valois B and Peckham R (2011) Treating the person and not the disease: acupuncture in the management of cancer treatment-related lymphoedema. European Journal of Oriental Medicine, 6(6), 37-49.

de Valois B, Young T, Robinson N, McCourt C, Maher EJM (2010) Using traditional acupuncture for breast cancer-related hot flashes and night sweats. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 16(10) 1047-57.

de Valois, B (2008) Turning points: clearing blocks to treatment in women with early breast cancer.  European Journal of Oriental Medicine, 5(6) 10-15.

Walker G, de Valois B, Davies R, Young T and Maher E. (2007). Ear acupuncture for hot flushes – the perceptions of women with breast cancer. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 13(4), 250-7. DOI: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2007.06.003

de Valois, B. (2006) Serenity, patience, wisdom, courage, acceptance: reflections on the NADA protocol.  European Journal of Oriental Medicine, 5(3), 44-49.

Walker G, de Valois B, Davies R, Young T and Maher J (2005) Opinions of research participants about study paperwork. Bulletin of Medical Ethics, No. 205, February, 21-24.

de Valois B (2004) A case study: using essential oils to treat scalp eczema. International Journal of Aromatherapy, 14(1) 45-47.

Walker G, de Valois B, Young T, Davies R, Maher EJ (2004) The experience of receiving traditional Chinese acupuncture.  European Journal of Oriental Medicine, 4(5) 59 –65.

de Valois B & Clarke E  (2001) A retrospective assessment of 3 years of patient audit for an aromatherapy massage service for cancer patients. International Journal of Aromatherapy, 11(3) 134-143.

de Valois B, Young TE, Robinson N, McCourt C, Maher EJ (2012) NADA ear acupuncture for breast cancer treatment-related hot flashes and night sweats: an observational study. Medical Acupuncture. 24(4): 256-268

de Valois, B (2013) Acupuncture and moxibustion in the management of non-cancer-related lower limb lymphoedema: three case studies.  European Journal of Oriental Medicine; 7(4):13-21. 

de Valois B, Young T, Thorpe P, Preston J, Degun T (2015) Improving wellbeing of prostate cancer survivors using the NADA acupuncture protocol: a clinical outcome study. Medical Acupuncture; 27(3) 194-205

de Valois B, Degun T (2015) Using the NADA protocol to improve wellbeing of prostate cancer survivors: five case studies. European Journal of Oriental Medicine; 8(1) 8-18

Book  Chapters:

de Valois, B. (2007) Acupuncture. In Enhancing cancer care: complementary therapy and support, Barraclough, J. (ed). Oxford University Press: Oxford, pp. 85-95.


de Valois, B. (2006). Using acupuncture to manage hot flushes and night sweats in women taking tamoxifen for early breast cancer: two observational studies.  Centre for Complementary Healthcare and Integrated Medicine. University of West London.