Irina Szmelskyj

DipAc, MSc, MBAcC

  • Registered Acupuncturist with over 15 years' experience
  • National Research Excellence award winner
  • International speaker and presenter
  • MSc lecturer and examiner
  • Co-author of the international best-selling textbook Acupuncture for IVF and Assisted Reproduction, ISBN 978-0702050107
Photo of Irina Szmelskyj, Award-winning acupuncturist

Profile

Certificate in Acupuncture, Northern College of Acupuncture, York, UK, 2003

Diploma in Acupuncture, Northern College of Acupuncture, York, UK, 2004

Master of Science in Acupuncture (passed with distinction), University of Wales, 2004

Post-graduate training in Gynaecology and Early Pregnancy Ultrasound Scanning, The College of Radiographers, Bournemouth University, 2013

Recipient of The National Research Excellence Award

One of Irina's biggest achievements to date is her highly praised scientific trial of acupuncture treatment of insomnia that Irina carried out as part of her MSc dissertation. The study was commended by both internal and external examiners. Due to a very high standard of her research, Irina was awarded MSc in Acupuncture at Distinction level by the University of Wales. In 2006 The British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) recognised the excellent quality of Irina's research into acupuncture treatment of insomnia, bestowing upon her their 2006 Research Excellence Award.

Co-author of an international best-selling textbook

One of Irina’s specialisms is the management of fertility and IVF patients as well as supporting miscarriage and pregnancy loss patients. She presents on the topic at various national and international conferences and teaching institutions and has co-authored the international best-selling textbook Acupuncture for IVF and Assisted Reproduction ISBN 978-0702050107.

Irina is a member of The British Acupuncture Council, the UK's governing body for acupuncture practice and training.

Irina has extensive experience in the treatment of the following conditions:

• Pain related disorders

• Fertility and IVF supportive acupuncture

• Insomnia

• Women's health related complaints, including menstrual pain and menopausal issues

• Wellbeing while undergoing cancer treatment

Irina was born in Ukraine and permanently moved to England in 1995 after marrying Alan Szmelskyj. They have been married for over 20 years and have two children. When not working, Irina enjoys playing the piano, reading, travelling, narrow boating and playing with her family and two Burmese cats. Irina is multilingual and completely fluent in English and Ukrainian and has a good working knowledge of Russian.

Conferences and Presentations

Jan 2019 Invited guest lecture at The Northern College of Acupuncture, York. Topic "Acupuncture and fertility: an integrated approach"

Jan 2018 Invited guest lecture at The Northern College of Acupuncture, York. Topic "Acupuncture and fertility: an integrated approach"

Oct 2017 Invited speaker at the 6th National Congress, Associazione Medici Agopuntori Bolognesi, Bologna, Italy

Jan 2017 Invited guest lecture at The Northern College of Acupuncture, York. Topic "Acupuncture and fertility: an integrated approach"

Jan 2016 Invited guest lecture at The Northern College of Acupuncture, York. Topic "Acupuncture and fertility: an integrated approach"

Nov 2015 Invited guest lecture at The New Zealand School of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Topic "Limitations of Acupuncture and IVF Research"

Apr 2015 Invited speaker and expert panel member at The British Medical Acupuncture Society's Spring Meeting, Newcastle. Topic "Acupuncture and in vitro fertilisation (IVF) research design: are we asking the right questions?"

Mar 2015 Invited speaker at The Acupuncture Fertility Network Conference, Gloucestershire. Topic "Conventional medical infertility investigations: Interpretation And Implications For Acupuncturists"

Mar 2015 Speaker at The 17th International Acupuncture Research Symposium, King's College London. Topic "Acupuncture and in vitro fertilisation (IVF) research design: are we asking the right questions?" (http://www.arrcsymposium.org.uk/speakers.html)

Jan 2015 Invited guest lecture at The Northern College of Acupuncture, York. Topic "Acupuncture and fertility: an integrated approach"

Nov 2014 Invited guest lecture at The New Zealand School of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Topic "Outcome measures"

Nov 2014 Speaker at The Annual Zita West Fertility Acupuncturists Network Seminar, The Royal Society of Medicine, London. Topic "Mechanisms of acupuncture in reproductive medicine: summary of research"

Apr 2014 Invited guest lecture at The Lincoln University, Lincoln. Topic "Acupuncture and fertility: an integrated approach"

Jan 2014 Invited guest lecture at The Northern College of Acupuncture, York. Topic "Acupuncture and fertility: an integrated approach"


Major Academic Publications

Szmelskyj, I., & Szmelskyj, A. (2017). Acupuncture for infertility in polycystic ovary syndrome. JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association, 318(15), 1501. http://doi.org/10.1001/jama.2017.13382

Szmelskyj, I. (2015). Acupuncture in Assisted Reproduction. In J. Bold & S. Bedford (Eds.), Integrated Approaches To Infertility, IVF And Recurrent Miscarriage. Singing Dragon.

Szmelskyj, I., & Aquilina, L. (2014). Acupuncture for IVF and Assisted Reproduction: An integrated approach to treatment and management. (A. Szmelskyj, Ed.) Acupuncture for IVF and Assisted Reproduction: An integrated approach to treatment and management. http://doi.org/10.1016/C2011-0-05861-1

World Leading Expertise in Acupuncture for Fertility and IVF care

Our acupuncturist, Irina Szmelskyj, is a co-author of the international best-selling textbook on acupuncture management of fertility and IVF patients. 

"Acupuncture for IVF and Assisted Reproduction"
by Irina Szmelskyj and Lianne Aquilina, edited by Alan Szmelskyj
ISBN 978-0702050107

Photo of the book Acupuncture for IVF and Assisted Reproduction

What Our Patients Say

In almost 50 years of combined experience, we are proud to have received hundreds of patients' positive feedback messages. Below is a small selection of some of them.

Having never had acupuncture before I was a bit nervous, but irina has been fantastic. Supportive, understanding and successfully! I cannot thank you enough for all your help.

I can’t speak highly enough of Irina. She made me feel like I was her only patient. Her expertise in fertility made me completely confident that I was in good hands and she answered every question with detailed, evidence-based knowledge. Irina gave me hope and positivity when I felt I had none and she filled with me confidence that this pregnancy would be different. Irina is professional, sympathetic, and thoughtful. I just wished I had found her seven years ago.

I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Irina. She has such vast knowledge and experience in her field. I feel more confident that I can succeed with her help and she's so kind and caring throughout my treatments.

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