My initial interest in acupuncture came from personal experience. Acupuncture was suggested to me after several failed IVF treatments and, after a course of treatment, I went on to have a successful pregnancy. It was this that gave me the inspiration to learn more about acupuncture.
In 2017 I qualified as an acupuncturist and completed a post-graduate clinical practice programme at the Nanjing University of Traditional Medicine. I am a full member of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC), the leading regulatory body for the practice of acupuncture in the UK, accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
I have been impressed at how acupuncture is a therapy that regards all symptoms as related. This means that getting to the root cause of a problem may be just as important as treating merely its symptoms. In addition, each person is treated as an individual from a medical standpoint. A course of acupuncture can endow the body with the tools needed to heal itself.
What makes my job worthwhile?
When I know I have helped someone feel better, particularly when they not received acupuncture before.
Who has influenced me most in my acupuncture career?
An acupuncturist friend who treated me while I was going through a fifth attempt at IVF that I believe resulted in the successful arrival of my daughter. My Dad, who was a GP, has been a great inspiration too.
What piece of advice do I give patients/clients most often?
Drink plenty of water, eat sensibly and always maintain light exercise.
What do I enjoy most when I am not at work?
Needlework (not acupuncture), cooking, walking, skiing and mostly spending time with my family and friends.