My first experience of acupuncture was as a client, suffering with a chronic eye inflammation and frequent headaches. Coming from a medical family, I had tried conventional medicine before opting for acupuncture. My initial scepticism was replaced by relief at feeling better, and has led to a fascinating career.
I have practiced Chinese medicine for over 20 years. I have a great deal of experience working with women’s reproductive health and fertility, and also giving acupuncture as a support during IVF and other ART procedures. I find that Chinese medicine can make a profound difference to specific health issues, as well as overall health and wellbeing.
I believe that acupuncture is a great option for the treatment of chronic (long-term) muscle and joint pain and stiffness. I also use massage therapy as part of my acupuncture practice. I have studied western and Chinese massage, and for a few years I taught on the Swedish massage module at the University of Westminster.
What I appreciate about acupuncture is the versatility and elegance it offers for helping to balance both physical and psychological health. Although an ancient medicine, it feels modern. I find that clients often leave their initial session relieved to hear that seemingly unrelated symptoms are part a pattern long recognised by Chinese medicine.
Five years ago I completed a Masters degree in psychotherapy. I now divide my working time between acupuncture and psychotherapy. I studied Chinese herbal and use my knowledge of herbal medicine to guide the dietary advice I give my clients.