My passion for Chinese Medicine started some years ago when I had some issues with endometriosis. At the time, I saw a consultant and was given some hormonal drugs to try and help with the pain. Unfortunately, these didn’t work me and made me poorly and depressed. After trying a few different types of medication, I was told that there was nothing else they could do for me.
That’s when I started to look at other ways of healing. I looked at diet and acupuncture and they both changed my life. I was astonished at how much difference diet made to my pain levels and angry that no one had ever told me about the relationship between my health and my diet. I mean, like everyone else, I knew that having a good enough diet is important but I had never realized the immense power food has over our physical and mental health.
Acupuncture helped me too for the endometriosis side of things but, most importantly, I discovered that it didn’t just helped with my gynaecological symptoms but also with a lot of other things, seemingly unrelated, such as deep tiredness and stress. It’s my overall health and wellbeing that improved, not just the pain.
And so started my journey as a Chinese medicine practitioner.
I am now a qualified Chinese Medicine practitioner and acupuncturist and a member of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC). I trained at the Northern College of Acupuncture in York at master degree level and, since my graduation, I have carried on doing some more specific courses to deepen my knowledge.
I am also a member of the Acupuncture in Childbirth Team Yorkshire specializing in supporting women during conception and pregnancy.
As a Chinese Medicine practitioner, I see it as part of my job to offer a holistic approach to your problems and this means treating you as a whole person, not just looking at your symptoms. It means looking at diet and lifestyle to find ways to support and enhance the treatment you are receiving. We will be talking about how to eat, what sort of food is suitable for you. We will be talking about lifestyle, maybe about the importance of taking a break in your day or maybe how you can include some relaxation time into your day (and what sort of relaxation techniques would work for you). And of course, we will be using needles.
I know by experience how important it is to feel at ease during an acupuncture treatment. I often treat people with needle phobia. Patience, humour, explanations and skills help people to be at ease so they actually look forward to their acupuncture treatment!
A long life learner, I always seek to understand things from as many angles as possible, from the theoretical to the practical. You will find me learning new skills and taking them to the treatment room. I always have regular supervision to reflect both on my clinical skills and on patient-practitioner issues.
One last word about acupuncture.
At the moment, acupuncture isn’t regulated. The only thing you need to do to open a clinic is to register with your local Council but no minimum training is required.
By choosing a practitioner member of the BAcC, you can be sure of:
- Extensive training (3 years minimum) in Chinese medicine, acupuncture and Western biomedical science including anatomy and physiology.
- Compliance with current UK health and safety legislation
- Full medical malpractice and public/products liability insurance cover
- Expert practice skills maintained through continuing professional development (CPD)
- Compliance with the BAcC Code of Safe Practice and Code of Professional Conduct.