Joao Rosa – Acupuncture Cork

Acupuncture has been an effective tool for thousands of years and is still very well recognized and popular because it has been shown to be very effective in treating such a huge array of conditions, such as: shoulder pain, upper and lower back pain, all kinds of tendinitis… It’s also very effective in treating respiratory problems, dermatological problems,  urinary tract infections and is very well known as being effective with emotional issues.  

My name is Joao (pronounced like J’wow). I was born in the city of Oeiras, Portugal. It was in the Algarve where I established my clinical practice as an acupuncturist, phytotherapist (working with Chinese medical herbs and formulas), and a practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine. My primary focus here in The Natural Clinic is in the provision of acupuncture.


What Can Acupuncture Treat?

Acupuncture has been shown to be highly effective in treating injury and pain.
You can find release from many symptoms, including:

Neck pain
Shoulder pain,
Upper and lower back pain
Respiratory problems
Dermatological problems
Emotional and stress related issues
and more…

Acupuncture can help a wide range of issues, from urinary tract infections to anxiety and depression. The way I see it, we don’t have a thousand diseases, we have one disease with a thousand symptoms. As an acupuncturist, I’m here to create the necessary space for healing to happen. I feel truly blessed to be able to witness great changes in my clients’ wellbeing and I hope you too will be amazed at the wonderful improvements acupuncture can bring.

If you would like to know more, please call Joáo on 0852630800 or email
If you would like to discuss your situation before you try treatment, A 3o-minute consultation is also available on request.

Pediatric Acupuncture

Children respond very well to pediatric acupuncture and traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It’s incredible to see how fast we can restore their health (as well as restore your peace of mind). Treating your child in their early stages is important as it helps increase their potential to grow into their “best version” of themselves.

Will Pediatric Acupuncture Needles Hurt My Child?

Most of the time, acupuncture points and meridians can be stimulated without needles! But if we really do need to use them in order to stimulate the greatest change and allow your child’s system to rebalance, the needles we use are special, tiny (especially made for kids), sterile, single-use needles. While the parents are sometimes concerned about applying acupuncture needles, the child usually doesn’t even register them.  These special, tiny pediatric acupuncture needles are not the same as receiving an injection, they are much much smaller and do not go deep, and the duration of the treatment is very short (less than 1 minute, which is more than enough time for children’s sensitive systems). In Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, we will only apply the needly for about one minute for every year of a child’s life.

What’s involved in Pediatric Acupuncture?

The first consultation will take about 45 minutes. This is time to listen to you, understand what symptoms your child is experiencing and from there we will come with a diagnosis and a plan for treatment. After this, subsequent treatments only take about 10 minutes as children’s sensitive systems do not need a lot of work to gain great benefit.

And now I’ll leave you with Peter Firebrace translation of a part of Sun Simiao’s (one of the most important doctors in the history of Chinese Medicine) poem about pediatrics:

“Venerate the root! says Sun Simiao
Women and children first, that’s my kind of dao!

Follow the art of yang xiao, nurturing the small

Get the beginnings right, so they stand up straight and tall!

Yes, ten months have passed since the moment of conception

But life’s still fragile at its inception

Take good care now! Pay more attention, not less!

Nurture the young to avoid untimely death!

The Yijing, the Shijing, they all say the same thing!

There’s nothing more important than getting off to a good start

Treatment of children is an essential part of a doctor’s art!

In the small child the force of qi is still feeble

But you can help it along with herbs, moxibustion and needles!

So I’ve been listening, I’ve been gathering, collecting all the wisdom I can!

And I’ve set it all down to share with you

Theory, diagnostics, advice, effective treatments too

To help that little baby become a healthy woman or healthy man! (…)“

If you would like to discuss how Pediatric Acupuncture can help your child, please arrange a consultation using the form below.

About Me

I began my private practice in Acupuncture, Phytotherapy & Chinese Medicine from the University of Chinese Medicine (UMC) after I graduated in 2015, but I started working in acupuncture as an assistant since 2008. I’m always learning, testing, and improving. Finding better ways to treat my patients. In my “tool bag,” I have techniques like TuiNa, Chinese and Japanese Moxibustion (Koshiishi Kyu style) and Master Tung’s Orthodox Acupuncture, Mukaino Method, YNSA (Yamamoto New Scalp Acupuncture), ZSA (Zhu Scalp Acupuncture) and Dr Richard Tan’s Balance Method.

In 2010, my life and practice were changed when I became a father. My son was born with Angelman Syndrome, a condition with many similarities to cerebral palsy. My work touches on pediatric acupuncture as well as in relieving symptoms associated with Angelman Syndrome and Cerebral Palsy. I am president of AJPI, an association that I founded to encourage inclusion for disabled children in society.

I am in love with my job and I take each clinical case as my own “personal battle”. Some of my clients suffer from chronic diseases which tend to flare up in cycles. I teach them how to listen to their body, track and understand the changes they are experiencing so that they can respond early and avoid and reduce the severity of flare-ups. I still practice in Portugal (Faro, Albufeira and Tavira), I am also working in Ireland every week at The Natural Clinic.  I still try to make time to enjoy sunsets.

Book Your Acupuncture Session here,

An initial 1.5 hour appointment with Joao is charged at €90 and any necessary follow-ups are €70.

Joao is a registered member of AFPA, you can claim all or part of the cost of an acupuncture Appointment from LAYA, VHI and Aviva as well as Go Health and HSF but all are subject to your policy. We always suggest checking with your insurers first.