I have been practising acupuncture for over 20 years. Since graduating from the College of Traditional Acupuncture, Leamington Spa, in 1997, I have been an active member of the British Acupuncture Council.
During 1997 to 1999, I undertook a further two years postgraduate training in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) from the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine, Reading and so integrate both TCM and 5 Element Acupuncture into my work.
In my Oxfordshire clinics, I see patients for a wide range of conditions, ranging from back pain and arthritis, through to stress, anxiety and insomnia and also offer treatment to support people that are undergoing or recovering from chemotherapy treatment.
I am trained in the NADA protocol for addiction, which can help to reduce cravings and minimise withdrawal symptoms. This treatment can also be used to help with stress and emotional trauma.
Over the years I have been drawn to specialise in women’s health, first becoming interested in providing acupuncture during pregnancy when I interned with Zita West at Warwick Hospital in 1997 and 1998. Thereafter, I locumed for Zita and ran her antenatal clinic at the College of Traditional Acupuncture, Leamington Spa in 1999.
In 2000, I went onto intern at Derriford Hospital, Plymouth, with Sarah Budd who was the first midwife and acupuncturist to set up an acupuncture service in the NHS for pregnant women in the UK.
Whilst running my clinics, I have lectured at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, on acupuncture during pregnancy and ran workshops for trainee midwives at Oxford Brookes University, on the use of moxibustion for helping to turn breech babies and on acupuncture for antenatal and postnatal conditions.
I have been a contributor to Pregnancy and Birth magazine and to the National Childbirth Trust publications (NCT) and was a member of The Acupuncture for Childbirth Team (ACT) Oxfordshire.
Currently, I am sought by many of my female clients to support them through:
- Treatment for infertility as individuals or for couples
- IVF Protocol
- Menstrual problems
- Menopausal symptoms
I give dietary advice based on traditional Chinese food energetics, in order to support treatment and also provide Tui na massage, cosmetic acupuncture and facial massage in my clinics.
Tui na, which is Chinese medical massage, stimulates different parts of the body by working on acupressure points and the meridians. This can relieve stiffness and pain, balance energy and improve blood flow which contributes to the body’s ability to heal and repair itself.
Tui na techniques can also help to alleviate stress related conditions such as PMT symptoms and digestive issues and in our increasingly busy lives, it can also be given to create a sense of deep calm and relaxation.
It has been a real privilege to help and enable people throughout the various transitions in their lives; from fertility issues to becoming a mother or managing the numerous transitions women go through from menstrual to menopause and beyond or the transition from illness to an informed, empowered and healthy life.
And after all these years, I still continue to be amazed and inspired by this beautiful system of medicine.
If you would like to make an appointment or have a question on whether traditional Chinese medicine could help you, do get in touch.