I am a highly experienced acupuncturist who has been in practice for 26 years, qualifying in 1986.  I am a registed psychiatric nurse, a member of the British Acupuncture Council (BAC) and a Reiki Master Teacher.

I was a tutor at the College of Traditional Acupuncture's university master's degree on acupuncture and mental health.  I am currently a post and undergraduate lecturer in Chinese medicine and psychiatry at the College for Integrated Chinese Medicine, Reading.

I have been in a wide breadth of post-graduate training.  I have developed an expertise in mental health problems, fertility treatments, gynaecological and menopausal complaints.  I have familiarity of the NHS from having worked as a ward sister in acute psychiatry to the Strategic Health Authority.  She holds an expansive base of Western and Chinese medical knowledge and experience within a broad range of health areas.

I represented the BAC on The Prince of Wales Foundation for Integrated Health, which has now produced national guidelines to implement complementary treatments into NHS mental health services.

Acupuncture is a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).  It is a complete system of healing, which developed in China about 3,000 years ago and has changed very little over time.  It is still as relevant for health now in the 21st century.

Acupuncture is a safe and effective system of medicine, now used world-wide.  It involves the insertion of very fine needles at specific points on the body in order to stimulate or unblock the flow of energy or 'Qi'.  The Qi and blood flow through a system of channels called meridians, connecting internal organs with external organs or tissues.  By stimulating certian acupuncture points along these meridians through needling, the flow of Qi and blood can be regulated and disease is treated.

When I qualified in 1986, Chinese medicine was viewed as wild and mysterious.  Since then there have been dramatic changes - the House of Lords has recommended its use on the NHS; extensive media coverage; research studies showing its effectiveness and acupuncture is much more broadly accepted by Western medicine.

Recent clinical trials have proved acupuncture to be better than conventional treatments and conclude that "Acupuncture represents a highly promising and effective treatment option for chronic back pain".  The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommends a course of acupuncture for those people who have had back ache for more than six weeks.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has produced a long list of disease catagories for which Traditional Chinese Medicine has demonstrable benefit.  The following list is by no means exhaustive:

Asthma, Bronchitis, Sinusitis, Migraine, Nausea, Digestive disturbances, Constipation, IBS, High Blood Pressure, Obesity, Diabetes, Neck/Shoulder/Back/Knee pain, Arthritis, both Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis, Strains and Sprains and other soft tissue injuries;

PMS, Irregular or Painful Periods, Menopausal Syndrome, Fluid Retention, Fertility Problems, Skin disorders and Neurological disorders such as Parkinson's Disease, Alzheimer's Disease, Dementia, Insomnia and the Sequelae of Cardiovascular Accidents (CVA) such as Stroke.

In addition acupuncture is used for weight loss, addiction to smoking, alcohol and other substances.

In Gaza

I have worked voluntarily in the Gaza Strip in the occupied territories with a charity, World Medicine.  The group, mostly acupuncturists, successfully treated hundreds of citizens and refugees who had suffered from the physical and emotional effects of trauma and war.  I also trained the medical teams in ear acupuncture so that they could treat patients with Post Traumatic Stress and continue their work.  Please see my website for photos and further information about my trips to Gaza and about acupuncture.

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