Dr Ngaio Richards

(Acupuncturist & Chinese Medicine Physician)

Ngaio Richards

Many people get jaded in long-term careers, however Ngaio who has been in continuous clinical practice for over 30yrs still stands in awe of this modalities capacity to turn people’s lives around.

Throughout her entire career she has nurtured a keen clinical interest in women’s health.

The demographics of the Mid North Coast very often means treating pain plus tangling with more general, complex and chronic health issues.


  • Pain relief/management
  • Working with women toward robust reproductive health
  • Supporting healthy and pain-free pregnancy
  • Fertility support (both natural & alongside assisted reproduction)
  • Assisting relief of menstrual issues
  • Mid-life transition support

Her primary tools steadfastly remain Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. Additionally, her approach to treatment is integrative in nature – meaning, there is an understanding that one condition may have multiple causes. For this reason she may also prescribe a combination of therapies (eg; nutritional, dietary) and lifestyle adjustments, with the aim of ‘treating the root, not just the branch’.

She is an intuitive practitioner who encourages a collaborative healing process through which the health issues on hand become opportunities to learn more about body/mind  and for her patient to learn how to proactively take even better care for oneself.

Determined to provide high calibre treatment and naturally a perpetual student, she endeavours to stay abreast of the latest research and regularly upskills via industry seminars presented by prominent and preferably independent thinkers. She is a meditator.

Ngaio is here to support your health goal, not another agenda. However, beyond becoming symptom or pain-free we could aim for robust energy levels and that fabulous feeling of ‘wellness’!


Sydney’s first pregnancy Acupuncture practice was established by the eminent Paddy McBride in the 1990’s. Upon leaving Australia Paddy bequeathed this amazing practice to Ngaio in 2001 after which, Ngaio established the thriving ‘House of Fertility & Healing’.

‘The House’ has moved location slightly but still remains solidly 21yrs later in Sydney’s Inner West. ‘The House’ now comprises a team of 8 awesome practitioners working 7 days a week, a heaving hub for pregnancy and fertility support. Ngaio continues to run The House remotely and also returns monthly to provide a few days service in clinic.


By appointment only from the following locations:

  • Hannam Vale NSW
  • Forgiving Foods, Laurieton NSW
  • Healing Room, Taree NSW

Please use our online booking system. Or call 0414 692 901 to arrange a suitable time.

Relevant qualifications

M. Hlth. Sc. (TCM) UTS  2000- 02,  Dip. App. Sc. (Ac) ACA 1988-91, MAACMA, CMBA

Registered Acupuncturist & Chinese Herbal Medicine Practitioner

Published articles

“A Bitter Pill” – Journal of Chinese Medicine, October 2006

“A Story About a Small, Feisty Warrior” – Journal of Chinese Medicine, February 2005

Speaking engagements


  • National speaking tour for Blackmores: Exploring the Synergy of TCM & Mineral Therapy on Seasonal Allergies – Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney


  • Presented paper on ‘A Story About a Small Feisty Warrior’ – ‘International Symposium on TCM & Animal Protection’  Co-hosted by WSPA & TCM community, Toronto Canada

Continuing professional education


  • Neuromuscular Facial Conditions – Michelle Gellis 
  • Long Covid Roundtable – ACNEM
  • Interpreting Blood Results – Dr Clare Pyers
  • Metabolic Health For Women Over 40 – Dr Lara Briden


  • Senior First Aid Certificate – Renewal (valid 3 years)
  • Nutritional & Environmental Medicine 1 & 2 – ACNEM


  • Scalp Acupuncture – Prof. Ming Qing Zhu & Dr Rachel Chang, Auckland New Zealand
  • Complete Tung’s Acupuncture – Dr Wei Chieh Young & Dr Michael Chung
  • Inter-professional education, collaboration & cross-pollination of ideasAlexandria IVF
  • Cosmetic Acupuncture – Dr Radha Thambirajah


  • Fertility Blood Markers – Dr Clare Pyers


  • Master Tung’s Acupuncture – Dr Robert Chu



  • Dr Tan Balance Method – Delphine Armand, Germany
  • Medical Pulse Diagnosis – Bob Doane


  • Distal Needling & Pulse Diagnosis – Bob Doane
  • Masterclass, Skincare – Cheryl Ross
  • Create Your Own Skincare Stage 1 & Advanced – Cheryl Ross
  • Cosmetic Chemistry – Amanda Foxon-Hill


  • Infertility & Gynecology – Professor Xu Xin
  • Tongue Diagnosis – Dr Giovanni Maciocia
  • Celloid Mineral Therapy Fundamentals & Adv. – Dr Pauline Roberts


  • Dermatology – Dr Mazin Al-Khafaji


  • Opening To The Source – Charles Chace
  • Woman’s Physiology & Pathology – Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallee


  • Fertility Symposium – TCM Kongress, Rothenburg Germany


  • Esoteric Acupuncture – Dr Mikio Sankey


  • Shang Han Lun – Dr Arnaud Versluys
  • Gynecology – Shanghai Uni of TCM, Shanghai China
  • Private clinical tuition – Gynecology, Respiratory, Paediatrics, Gastro-intestinal – House of Celebrity Doctors, Nanjing China
  • Clinical Practice, Herbal Medicine – The First Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing Uni Of TCM, Nanjing China
  • Private clinical herbal tuition, ‘Classic Formula’ – Prof. Huang Huang & Huang Bo, Nanjing China


  • Acupuncture for Pregnancy & Childbirth – Dr Debra Betts


  • TCM & Infertility – Jane Lyttleton
  • Clinical Practice, TCM Gynecology – Nanjing, China


  • Japanese Acupuncture – Kiiko Matsumoto

Volunteer positions


  • Obstetric Acupuncture, Bumi Sehat Birth Centre – Ubud Bali.


  • Acupuncture clinic for HIV/AIDS – Woolloomooloo

Introductory Package

Curious to try out some acupuncture and cost-effectively? Our Introductory Package is currently available. This investment in your health gives you an initial consultation / treatment + two follow up treatments for $242 (saving you $43).

And if you’re in a health fund with ‘Extras’ cover you can claim back more of this cost on top of the savings as well.

Hannam Vale

199 Deep Creek Rd,
Hannam Vale
NSW 2443
By appointment only


Forgiving Foods
Shop 8, Haven Plaza, Bold St
NSW 2443
By appointment only


Healing Room
Shop 4, Macquarie Mall
81-83 Victoria St,
NSW 2430
By appointment only