I graduated from the Northern College of Acupuncture with a BSc (Hons) degree in Acupuncture. This was a 3 year full time degree which included Chinese Medicine and western biomedical sciences including anatomy, physiology and pathology, equating to 3,600 hours of study. It is accredited by the British Acupuncture Accreditation Board (BAAB).
I am a full member of the British Acupuncture council and so adhere to the strict Council’s codes of Safe Practice and Professional conduct. The British Acupuncture council is a member of the Accredited Register Scheme run by the Professional Standards Authority and backed by government. As a member I must comply with current UK health and safety legislation and undergo continual mandatory training and professional development.
My background was clerical and customer service based which is very different to where I am now! Increasingly I became dissatisfied with this type of work and wanted to obtain job satisfaction and find something I love. I had always had an interest in health and a fascination with how the body and mind work. I had looked a various roles in healthcare, but none really seemed right, there seemed to be something missing. At the same time I was experiencing a growing interest in complementary therapies. It was receiving acupuncture myself, completely by chance that changed the course of my life. I was literally blown away by it and found it the most interesting and fascinating thing I had ever encountered. I could not believe it had taken me all these years to discover acupuncture and ever since have been baffled why it is not more main stream. Acupuncture gave me a different perceptive of viewing health and the world around us. This impacted me in such a way that I went on to study Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture at the Northern College of Acupuncture in York and here I am now being able to provide a wonderful and powerful treatment to my patients.
I am also a tutor at the Northern College of Acupuncture on the Points stream which I thoroughly enjoy, not only is this excellent for my own continuing professional development but also so rewarding helping and supporting the new Acupuncturists in the making!
I have been trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine at the Northern college of Acupuncture. The Acupuncture I use is based on this Traditional Chinese medicine system, which is thousands of years old. In the East this is their main stream of healthcare.
In addition to acupuncture the other modalities I use which are part of Chinese Medicine are:
Diet and Lifestyle
I like to blend the Acupuncture with any of the above. In particular diet and lifestyle will be a huge part of the treatment. It is not just about treating the disease or symptoms but about promoting your health as well.
A favourite quote which describes this perfectly from the book Between Heaven And Earth is:
Another consequence of focusing more attention on the disease than the patient is that the doctor can eradicate the tumor but has no means of promoting the health of the patient. This enables one to say “The treatment was a success but the patient died’. Beinfield, H & Korngold E, (1991). Between Heaven And Earth: A Guide To Chinese Medicine.
I am interested and enjoy treating a wide range of conditions however I have a specialist interest in women’s health regarding the peri-menopause and menopause. I have just completed some postgraduate training in this area, which has been my passion to complete and specialise in since doing my degree. I have struggled with symptoms myself and was shocked at how little help there actually is for women out there in western medicine. My view of treating the peri-menopause and menopause is a balance of both Traditional Chinese medicine, which not only incorporates, acupuncture but also diet and lifestyle and a western perspective. I think we sometimes forget this is a completely natural process we go through as women and I aim to make it as smooth a process as possible coming through to the other end as powerful women!