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Hove Community Acupuncture

High quality, low-cost acupuncture in Brighton & Hove

Book your appointment online and join our expert team who  help hundreds of local people each month

The Low Cost Acupuncture clinic was the first of its kind in the UK which made affordable treatment available using traditional acupuncture in the hands of professional, experienced practitioners at a multi-bed community clinic.


The sessions are available to everyone without restriction, for first-time patients and continuing treatment. The low-cost team are committed to making the highest quality of acupuncture treatment as accessible and affordable as possible.


As part of our Safe Clinic Covid-19 policy, we continue to maintain extremely high cleaning and sanitation standards, as we did during the peak of the Covid pandemic. Your safety is our priority. We request patients continue to wear masks unless exempt. All practitioners wear masks. 

Modesty is always respected, and most people find the atmosphere inviting, comfortable and relaxing.


If you would prefer private one-to-one sessions, please visit the main Acupuncture page.

Clinic Times

Mondays    1:30 - 6:20pm

Tuesdays   10am - 6:15pm

Thursdays  2 - 6pm

Saturdays  1:30 - 5:30pm


You pay £22, £27, £32 or £37 for treatment- the choice is yours based on what you can afford. 

Pre-booking is required


Meet the team

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Jesse De Freitas, LicAc, BSc (Hons)

Hove Community Acupuncture Team

Jesse's passion for the energetic arts began nearly twenty years ago when she began to practice Tai Chi and Qigong. She's worked for over ten years as a carer and health care assistant to children with special educational and medical needs, during which time she realised that the mainstream modalities could have only limited benefits for their mental, emotional and physical health. It became clear to her that somatic and energetic treatment was the missing link for these young people to thrive!

Jesse has trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Five Element Style Acupuncture receiving a BSc (Hons) from the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine in Reading.

She is passionate about helping people of all ages to overcome their emotional and physical health hurdles. She is deeply inspired by the movement to increase the accessibility of acupuncture to the public and is thrilled to be practising in a Community Acupuncture clinic. Jesse looks forward to welcoming you at the Centre!

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Rufus Jordan, LicAc, BSc (Honours)

Rufus is a very experienced acupuncturist, working in busy one-to-one and multi-bed clinic practices since graduating from the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine (Kingston University) in 2008 with a first class BSc (Honours) degree in Acupuncture.

Rufus practices a combination of Five Element Constitutional acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) acupuncture and also combines other treatment modalities such as massage, cupping, moxibustion, and electro-acupuncture. 

An integral part of his practice is offering specific advice and support (based on traditional Chinese Medical theory) in making lifestyle changes (e.g. diet, exercise, sleep, work/life balance, etc.) to empower his patients to obtain and sustain good health and wellbeing.

During his 4-year degree course Rufus volunteered as an auricular (ear) acupuncture practitioner for a charity in Brighton, Pathways To Health. In October 2008 Rufus spent 6 weeks travelling around China, which included observing and practicing acupuncture in a mainstream hospital in Guangzhou. 

Rufus has continued his professional development as an acupuncturist by attending practical workshops and online webinars including: pain management, musculo-skeletal conditions, sports injuries, mental health, gynaecology, fertility, pregnancy, menopause, men's health, electro-acupuncture, and traditional Chinese nutrition.

Before becoming an acupuncturist Rufus studied a Telecommunications Engineering Degree in Plymouth and spent 10 years working in the field of IT at American Express in Brighton and then continued to maintain his interest in IT working in a charitable organisation in Whitehawk, Brighton for a further 10 years whilst studying his acupuncture degree.

Rufus’ inspiration for becoming an acupuncturist came from his own personal experience of the wide ranging benefits that acupuncture can give patients when he suffered with a prolapsed disc in his lower back in 2001.

Rufus is a keen endurance runner, swimmer and cyclist. He loves living in Brighton & Hove for both its natural surroundings, regularly being called up to The Downs and down to the sea, as well as the City’s diverse culture and entertainment. Rufus’ greatest pleasure in life is spending time with his son.

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Jackie Manning-Brown, LicAc BSc(Hons)

Hove Community Acupuncture Team

Jackie became an acupuncturist after having treatment herself and being completely blown away by the unexpected benefits she experienced, not only on a physical level, but also emotionally as well.

She became fascinated to find out more and has since trained in both Five Element and Traditional Chinese Medicine styles of acupuncture at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine in Reading. Jackie graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Acupuncture. She then went on to gain a Diploma in Tui Na.

Jackie feels privileged to be able to use acupuncture for a range of physical and emotional symptoms enabling healing to take place in a profound and natural way. She is particularly excited to be working in a Community Acupuncture clinic offering high quality affordable healthcare.

In her spare time, Jackie loves walking on the Downs and swimming (in the sea if it’s not too cold!). She also likes to practice ‘qigong’, a gentle form of movement and breathing, practised for thousands of years in China designed to benefit health on many different levels.

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Drea Campos Little, BAcC ANP Lic Ac

Hove Community Acupuncture Team

Drea is a certified Acupuncturist and Naturopath, completing her train at The College of Naturopathic Medicine in London. She is a registered member of both the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) and the Association of Naturopathic Practitioners (ANP).

Drea has also undertaken post-graduate training in Acupuncture for Fertility & IVF support, Acupuncture for Common Conditions in Pregnancy, Acupuncture for Managing Menopause and Facial Cosmetic Acupuncture.

Drea strives to give every one of her patients the time and attention they need to find their own healing path whether this is to support them with a specific complaint or simply to help keep everything in balance. She combines the art of Acupuncture with Naturopathic Principles to create a treatment plan that is tailored to each person.

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Paul Morris, BAcC Lic Ac

Hove Community Acupuncture Team

Paul studied at the International School of Chinese Medicine in East Grinstead and graduated in 2015 with a degree in Acupuncture. He also studied Tui Na at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine. His studies are ongoing and has recently done a course on ear acupuncture (NADA protocol).

He says: “Working in Hove Community Acupuncture Clinic is a great opportunity to help people in the community that otherwise might not have to opportunity to experience the benefits of acupuncture. Acupuncture is a safe non-toxic way to achieve health and wellbeing and in my opinion is a great modality for preventative health.

Before training as an acupuncturist he studied Tai Chi and Qi Gong and is passionate about sharing traditional healing arts.

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Claire Diola, BSc (Hons) TCM BMed AAC

Hove Community Acupuncture Team

Claire received a First Class Honors Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Middlesex University and the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine and has over 15 years experience in practice. Her studies included a six month placement in China working in the Xiyuan and Zhongri Hosptials in Beijing. Since graduating she has undertaken additional training in a variety of areas including pain management, acupuncture for children, women’s health, fertility and pregnancy as well as stress, mental health and addiction. 

Claire is passionate about community and accessible acupuncture and supporting as many people as possible on their individual healing journeys. She is registered with the Association of Acupuncture Clinicians and is a very popular member of the team known for her skilled and caring treatments. 

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Charlie Whitestone, LicAc MBAcC BSc Hons

Hove Community Acupuncture Team

Charlie is a highly skilled practitioner with many years of experience offering acupuncture at the low-cost clinic in Hove. She studied acupuncture at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine in Reading and has spent her whole adult life studying and practicing Chinese energetic and healing systems, including qi gong, nei gong, tai chi, acupuncture and tuina. Charlie holds a degree and licentiate in Acupuncture and a post-graduate diploma in tuina.

In 2007, Charlie launched ACMAC (, to gather information about multi-bed practice, list all the UK multi-bed clinics, and to offer support and encouragement to help new clinics get started. 

What to expect

On arrival, your acupuncturist will ask about your reason for attending to receive treatment, and talk with you about your general health. They will then check your pulse on your wrists and look at your tongue. Acupuncture points can be anywhere on the body, the most common areas being your lower legs and feet, and lower arms and wrists.


Needles are gently applied and then either left in place for between 15 - 30 minutes, or may removed immediately.

Your acupuncturist will advise you about when to have follow-up treatments, and how long a course of treatment might take.


The team is committed to treating all patients with the same care, respect & quality as private one-to-one acupuncture sessions.

Not sure what is the best service or team member for you? Feel free to get in touch for guidance and advice.

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