About Me

I studied acupuncture at the University of Lincoln, graduating with 2:1 honours in 2013. I am currently a mobile acupuncturist in Waveney, Suffolk; and based in Lowestoft. I offer holistic traditional Chinese medicine acupuncture, including such techniques as needling, cupping, gua sha and acupressure. 

I am currently training in Facial Enhancement Acupuncture, once qualified appointments will be available.

I am a registered Member of the British Acupuncture Council.

I am on a register that has been accredited by the Professional Standards Authority



Registered Member of British Acupuncture Council

Qualifications

Completed an accredited course which is a 3 year degree including traditional Chinese medicine and western medicine 

Licencing

I hold a licence from East Suffolk Council to practise acupuncture

Code of Practise & Conduct

The BAcC provide guidelines to follow to ensure both clients and practitioners are kept safe

Training

I have to complete a minimum of 30 hours ongoing training each year, currently I am training to be a Facial Enhancement Practitioner

What is acupuncture?


Acupuncture is one of the longest established forms of healthcare in the world. It originated in China approximately 2,500 years ago is now practised across the globe. For acupuncturists, who use a traditional theory, the focus is on the individual, rather than an isolated complaint. The physical, emotional, and mental aspects of life are seen as interdependent. Acupuncturists use subtle diagnostic techniques, such taking the pulse and observing the tongue, that have been developed and refined for thousands of years. Treatment involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body to regulate the flow of ‘qi’ along pathways in the body known as ‘meridians’. Acupuncturists may also use other techniques such as moxibustion, cupping, tuina/massage, and guasha. 

The traditional acupuncture theories of health and illness are based on the concept of Qi (气). Qi has been translated using ancient Greek terms such as pneuma and has also been described as life-force, vitality or energy. In Chinese, Qi has lots of different meanings depending on the context. It is a commonly used word within day-to-day language as well as an integral part of Chinese philosophy. In truth, it is probably best not to try and translate the term at all. Instead, a few examples can give a sense of the meaning of Qi in Chinese medicine. In Chinese, anger is shengqi 生气 – which literally means ‘growing’ Qi. This is what is depicted by cartoonists to illustrate a character getting angry with the head and upper body swelling and the face growing red. Disheartend or discouraged is xieqi 泄气 – which could be literally translated as ‘let out’ or ‘leak’ Qi. This is like the English expression to feel ‘deflated’. Through questioning and observation acupuncturists will assess the state of a person’s Qi. The traditional theory describes Qi flowing around the body along the meridians. Commonly seen acupuncture charts depict the 14 meridians that have acupuncture points. However, the Chinese word for meridian is jingluo (经络) and relates to two concepts. Jing refers to the familiar main meridians. Luo means ‘resembling a net’ and refers to smaller meridians that cover the entire body. This is similar to the way in which the main arteries divide into the capillaries. In the traditional theory illness can be described in terms of deficiency of Qi, excess of Qi, or blockage of Qi within the meridian (jingluo) and organ (zangfu) system. Acupuncture seeks to move the Qi within this system to tonify deficiency, reduce excess and clear blockages "British Acupuncture Council, 2021". 

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