I am a fully qualified acupuncturist with a First-Class Honours degree (BSc Hons) in Acupuncture
Originally from Harpenden in Hertfordshire, I spent time traveling and working in Australia, Spain, and Africa. In 2002 I moved to Brighton to start a career with the South East Coast Ambulance Service.
Through my employment, I completed a Foundation degree in Paramedic Science at Portsmouth University and a BSc in Healthcare Science degree at St. Georges University in London.
As well as responding to 999 calls, I have advanced trained to work alongside community health care teams and GP’s, autonomously delivering advanced assessment and treatment to lower acuity patients, often with long-term and complex medical and social issues.
Due to the physical aspects of my profession, I soon developed chronic pain in my back. However, work came first, and I soon found myself adapting to constant stress and pressure that I had almost forgotten what it was like to feel good.
At the time acupuncture wasn’t even on my mind. It was only after a bout of desperation and the wise advice of a friend that I scheduled a visit with the acupuncturist. I was so impressed with the results and relief I enjoyed that it ignited in me a burning curiosity to learn all I could about this mystical curative magic.
The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.
Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
- Lao Tzu
The Type of Acupuncture I Practice
As an ICOM trained practitioner, I apply classical acupuncture as my primary treatment approach. This means that I apply an overview of all aspects of health when creating a treatment plan that addresses the underlying conditions rather than just the symptoms. This is something I strive towards as a trained practitioner of TCM, Five Element Theory as well as Stems and Branches acupuncture practices.
In addition to this training, I am committed to my practice and strive to stay on the cutting-edge of acupuncture practices. I am excited to further my studies in Chinese Medicine, attending CPD (Continuing Professional Development) events, to specialize in fields such as fertility, chronic pain, and musculoskeletal conditions. As a member of the British Acupuncture Council, it is my duty to adhere to the highest standards of professional conduct and safety codes.
Five Element Theory
The “Five Element Theory” is an acupuncture practice that is based on the concepts of Chinese philosophy concerning the movement of energy as observed in nature. This serves as a valuable frame of reference for analysing and predicting natural transformations in nature with corresponding reflections in the body. Even though this was conceptualized thousands of years ago, the concepts are as true today as they were then.
Stems and Branches
According to the principles of Stems and Branches Acupuncture, humanity, as well as the entire natural world, is affected by the cycles of life. Through the practice of Stems and Branches, the acupuncturist attempts to harness the power of these cycles and rhythms to increase good health. The systems that govern this practice can also provide deep insights into the constitutional capacity of the individual and why certain diseases will affect them more than others. This knowledge can then be converted into an effective plan of treatment for addressing the conditions causing poor health through acupuncture. It also helps the acupuncturist choose from the many energy pathways available.
Everyone has an astrological energetic map created at the moment of their birth, that can provide deep insights into the tendencies, constitutions, emotional and mental aspects as well as the general strengths and weaknesses of the individual. This is based on the “four pillars” which are “stem and branch” of the hour, day, month and year of your birth.
This important information can help the practitioner by providing deeper insights into balancing, tonifying and harmonizing the individual to their energies. This will ultimately lead to better health and the capacity to resist disease and sickness.