BS (Hons). MAcS TCM
I achieved a Bachelor of Science degree in Acupuncture after training for 3 years at Lincoln University. Since qualifying in 2010 I have been a proud member of the Acupuncture Society. My previous studies focused on the principals and practice of acupuncture, the traditional way of understanding the nature of illness, and the disciplines of anatomy, physiology, pathology, diagnosis and psychology.
I have completed additional training in Cupping , Moxa and Tui Na (an ancient and versatile massage technique) these additional skills are used for both external and internal conditions such as musculo-skeletal issues or poor digestion. I often use in practise as a complement to acupuncture treatment.
I always aim for the highest level of care for my patients and continue in developing my skills by taking part in a continued professional development programmes.
All members of the Acupuncture Society are bound by a strict Code of Ethics, Rules and Regulations and a Code of Professional Conduct and Safe Practice.
I take a practical approach that focuses on results. I will ask you about your overall lifestyle – your diet, work, family pressures, as well as details of the specific condition or conditions you are seeking relief for. I will then propose a course of acupuncture treatment, sometimes supplemented with tuina massage, as well advice on where changes in lifestyle or diet may help. Together we will monitor closely whether treatment is achieving results. This enables both of us to assess progress early on in treatment and to check that we are happy with the way it is proceeding.
The beauty of Chinese Medicine is that it encompasses many approaches – lifestyle advice, massage, diet, as well as acupuncture. I view acupuncture as complementary to other therapies, not as an alternative to them. My patients have possibly sought help from other practitioners, conventional or otherwise. They may well be engaged in ongoing treatment programmes. I try to provide the opportunity to discuss these experiences and provide my patients with support that will help them to get the best from both my acupuncture and other treatments.
Acupuncture doesn’t suit everyone, just like any other system of medicine. And just like any other system of medicine it is also greatly influenced by the rapport between patient and therapist.
If my treatment is not right for you, I would hope to establish this early on, but if it is, it can have profound and lasting effects.
I’m always happy to contact anyone via email if they want to find out more about whether acupuncture could be for them.