After spending most of my working life in the corporate world, I decided to leave my pensionable job working for an investment Bank to open my own business.  Much to the dismay of my work colleagues, who thought I had lost my mind, Papillon Skincare & Laser Clinic was born.

I spent 11 exciting years treating skin issues of all types which led on to me winning Best Skincare Salon in the Beauty Industry Awards.  I went on to Join the board of the Irish Beauty Professionals Association and was active in organising the Annual Trade show, The standard of excellence awards which was awarded to salons who passed a very rigorous grading process, and the beauty industry awards which was a black tie event to celebrate the achievements of the industries finest. Life was good and there was never a dull moment, but even though I had the Latest skincare products and the latest technology in treatments, I came to realise that a lot of skin issues are a manifestation of what’s really going on deep within the body. Our constitution, diet, lifestyle and even our emotions all play an important part in our overall health as well as our skin health. To this end, I started to look at various alternative treatments in my quest for glowing skin!

It was during this time that I also began to show symptoms of peri menopause. I was only in my early forties, so I really didn’t want to start taking hormones yet. I decided for me it was best to get help in the most natural way I could, so I tried various self help treatments like Yoga, massage, nutritional therapy and meditation, which were all great and helped a lot - and then I tried Acupuncture.  Oh my goodness, my first Acupuncture treatment really blew me away! I just couldn’t believe how thorough my Acupuncturist was. She spent time asking me lots of questions and she read my pulse and looked at my tongue and explained that this helped her to make a full diagnosis, so she could then treat the root cause of the problem instead of just treating the symptoms. She gave me diet & lifestyle advice which was then followed by a wonderfully relaxing treatment.  I left feeling calmer, more relaxed and I couldn’t wait for my next treatment.

I was hooked! I managed to find exactly what I had been searching for to help with my overall health, (which also leads to glowing skin!) and soon after I made the decision to embark on four years of training to become an Acupuncturist!

After graduating, I was very fortunate to complete my post graduate clinical training in a leading WHO hospital in Hanoi Vietnam. This was such an amazing opportunity to experience this wonderful medicine in a hospital setting. I couldn’t wait to return home to open my own clinic where I have been practicing for over five years now and enjoying every second of every day I’m there, treating a wide range of issues to bring people back to optimum health. I continue to further my education in Chinese Medicine through post graduate courses, and now spend a lot of time concentrating on all types of women’s issues, from puberty to menopause, including support with fertility, both natural and through assisted treatments like IVF, ICSI and IUI.

Phil x


About Acupuncture

What is Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine?

Like flowing water that travels through streams and rivers, so it is that qi (energy) flows smoothly through meridian channels of the body.  It is the vital life force and energy that nourishes and promotes the body’s natural healing process.

Originating over five thousand years ago in Asia, Oriental medicine encompasses Acupuncture, massage, cupping, moxabustion, nutrition, lifestyle and other related modalities that balance the body in order to restore and maintain health.  This works by balancing the yin-yang energies of qi in the body.

According to traditional Chinese medical theory, pain and illness arise when the cyclical flow of qi in the meridians become blocked or unbalanced.  Oriental medicine restores the proper balance of qi and blood, thus supporting the body to help correct itself.  It has the ability to alter various biochemical and physiological conditions in order to treat a wide variety of illnesses and disorders.

When qi and blood flows freely and unobstructed through the meridian channels, the body is balanced. A balanced body is a healthy body.

What does an Acupuncture Treatment feel like?

Acupuncture is performed by inserting very thin, disposable, sterilized, stainless-steel filaments (as fine as a human hair) into specific points located near or on the surface of the skin.  Most patients report a feeling of calm and often fall asleep during treatment.

After the first session, most people feel less pain, increased mobility, and very peaceful.  Common side effects of ongoing treatments include increased energy, improved clarity to the skin, improved digestion and improved quality of sleep.

Situated at Dalkey, Co. Dublin

Treatment room are designed to provide you with utmost comfort and privacy.

What Patients Say About Me

Phil is a very caring and thorough practitioner. She has great ability to find the true cause of health issues. Her treatments are very relaxing and really stimulate the recovery process. I would definitely recommend Phil Carew Acupuncture Clinic to anyone.

Jacinta C.

Phil is an amazing acupuncturist; thoughtful, articulate and caring. You're in safe hands!


Phil Carew offers so much more than just acupuncture. She is a true holistic practitioner who's aim is to get to the root of what ails her clients. She radiates integrity, empathy and kindness, putting her skills as an acupuncturist on another level.

I am so happy to have discovered Phil. She is that rare specimen - a gifted intuitive healer - who gives so much of herself to the healing process.

Thanks a million Phil for helping me get my mojo back!


Phil is an amazing acupuncturist. She helped me with managing tension headaches and she really managed my treatments in an holistic way. I can't recommend her enough.

Laura C.

I picked up a virus after a fourteen hour flight. Went to my doctor and had all sort of tests and treatments to no avail.  Four sessions with Phil got me back to myself.      Thanks Phil, you're a savior!

Eamonn H.

I went to Phil after having constant migraines for the past 2 years.  I was taking prescribed medication but nothing was working.  After a course of treatments I was pain free and medication free.  Thanks to Phil's help I'm smiling again!

Pauline R.

I went to Phil with pain in both of my thumbs.  The pain had been affecting my work for the last 6 month as I am a hairdresser.  I am happy to say after 2 treatments the pain is gone and I have had no issues since.  Thanks Phil!

Anna M.

Dear Phil,  Thank you for recent restorative course of Acupuncture.  I always feel heard, acknowledged, understood and respected when talking to you.  Until the next time, warm regards, Mary


I have attended Phil over the last few months to treat sciatica and an overactive bladder.  I have found her acupuncture treatments to be highly effective and noticed an improvement from the first session.  I had tried physiotherapy and medication for these issues but with little success.  I can't recommend Phil highly enough, she is thoroughly knowledgeable and professional and explains everything in great detail.  I was surprised to find her treatments so relaxing, often nodding off!  I always feel wonderful after a session with her.

Michele W.

Phil was able to completely remove the pain and numbness in my arm.  She's very professional and takes the time to explain what she's doing and what she's targeting in the treatment.  I highly recommend her and will definitely call her up whenever I feel any persistent pain or tension in my muscles.

Giorgio Pavesio

Phil treated my 88 year old mother in the comfort of her own home. My mum has very recently been bereaved of her wonderful husband. Apart from being totally heartbroken and very anxious of living on her own, she has a few underlying issues ie; severe relentless pain from arthritis in her neck, hands and feet, digestive issues and sleep problems.

As a family caring for our mother, we have seen a huge improvement.  she is more relaxed in herself, less anxious and has increased energy to which we put down to Phil's caring intuitive compassionate treatments. My mum says she notices huge improvements in herself as well. She looks forward to Phil's weekly arrival and the tender acupuncture treatments with infra-red lamp, plus the fabulous massage with Phil's special therapeutic oils. she says she feels less anxious, less arthritic pain, much improved digestion and sleep, overall a feeling of better well being.

Thank you Phil! you have made a huge difference to my mums life in coping during the grieving process.

Claire Rogers
I went to Phil for the first time a few months ago. I was in pain but sceptical about acupuncture, but after two sessions my pain was gone and could go back to work. I love to think that I didn't need to take any pills that could affect my liver health to kill the pain. Thank you so much Phil. I highly recommend Phil Carew Acupuncture Clinic
Ivana Margerini

I went to see Phil with frozen shoulder as I'd heard acupuncture was effective in the treatment of the condition.  And it certainly was.  I did about 12 sessions with Phil and I really felt it helped a lot by reducing the amount of time I was in the "freezing" stage, alleviating the symptoms and loosening up the shoulder.  Using acupuncture in conjunction with physio helped enormously, and the holistic approach that Phil adopts helped me to be aware of what might be contributing to the condition - stress etc.  Phil is a truly caring person - shes good humoured, warm and very personable and I would highly recommend her to anyone, especially if you are new to acupuncture.


Absolute professional.  Symptoms relieved and felt so much better after just a few sessions. Most definitely return.

Jane O'Connor

Phil's acupuncture treatments have provided me with overall wellness and healing.  The mind and body feels invigorated after each appointment.  Phil's gentle and knowledgeable approach ensures one feels comfortable in reviewing focus and goals.  I look forward to each session and feeling renewed each time! Thanks Phil! Would highly recommend to anyone in need of self care!

Maria Fernanda Escobar

I've had 3 sessions so far and I'm very happy with the treatments and advice I get from Phil!  Acupuncture helps so many things, I went to see her for my neck and back and have also received treatments for other issues I didn't know I could!  Great welcoming experience!

Ciara Cullen

Just want to say that it was the best thing I ever done going to Phil's treatment rooms in Dalkey.  Just 4 weeks ago I was unable to walk very far without tripping up and was on medication for the treatment of Sciatica which was very debilitating - my confidence was gone.

But today just 4 weeks later I rarely take any medication for my sciatica and am walking much better with no trips or falls - it has been life changing for me,  thanks so much Phil!

I would advise anyone thinking about going to Phil for acupuncture not to wait, you will feel better almost immediately!

Michael McGuinness

I literally fell in Phil's door with severe Long Covid 6 months ago. One of the most demoralising things about the early stages, was the sense from the medical community that nothing could be done. However the needles worked their magic, initially on my mood and sleep. Phil's knowledge of the condition and her kindness helped me begin to pace and recover. I still have a way to go and I have been able to build in other supports, including medical, but my weekly Acupuncture is a key part of my recovery. Many Thanks!  Nell

Nell R