Acupuncture has a long and diverse history, originating in China around 3000BC. It is a holistic way of treating pain and disease, viewing the body as an integrated whole which requires equilibrium for optimum health.
Chinese medicine Chinese medicine is ultimately concerned with appropriate and consistent flow – of blood, qi and body fluids – which requires optimal function of organs, tissues and vessels in order to operate well. At times, this flow may become impaired, in turn causing pain or illness to occur.
Causes of such disruption to the body include physical, emotional and psychological stress, as well as external factors such as cold, heat and damp. Acupuncture uses fine needles, massage and other techniques to address these symptoms, restoring the body’s natural harmony.
All consultations last 60 minutes. Initial consultations will involve building a detailed history to determine the development and state of your current condition. Courses of treatment usually last for 6-8 sessions.
Each unique diagnosis is made via observation, palpation and detailed questioning of the patient. Information gleaned from the tongue and pulse helps to identify underlying imbalances. Questions will relate to lifestyle, diet, sleep patterns and (for women) the menstrual cycle, as well as more specific details regarding your particular symptoms. These symptoms are then treated within the context of your overall condition.
Treatment takes a holistic approach and will depend upon your individual requirements. The approach may vary from person to person regardless of the nature of their problems.
Where appropriate, lifestyle and dietary advice may be provided to encourage self-care. The ultimate aim of treatment is the prevention of disease and discomfort so as to reduce the need for medical intervention.
So that I can make a proper assessment of your condition, try not to have a large meal or any alcohol (or other drugs) before your appointment. A light meal around an hour before your treatment is the best preparation.
It is also advisable to wear loose, comfortable attire as examination and treatment of various areas of your body may be necessary.
Draping will be provided to ensure and maintain modesty. All needles are sterile and disposed of after use.
Afterwards, patients usually feel relaxed and calm. Strong treatments may leave you feeling a little tired or drowsy, so please bear this in mind if you plan to drive or use any other machinery soon afterwards.
The type of needling I practice may be different from what you have experienced previously if you have had acupuncture. I have trained in a very tangible style of treatment (with Andrew Nugent-Head), where you will experience strong sensations that bring palpable changes to the body. That said, when appropriate, I also employ very gentle bodywork techniques that can send the body into a deeply relaxed state which is restorative and healing on a different level. It’s all about tailoring treatment to the needs of your body and the symptoms you are manifesting. I aim for swift, perceptible results to get you where you want to be, both physically and mentally.
Moxibustion involves the application of therapeutic heat to acupuncture points or meridians, affecting the flow of Qi and blood in the area being treated. Heat comes from lamps or smouldering Moxa – a soft, woolly substance prepared from Mugwort leaves. Often shaped into cones, the Moxa is placed on your skin or held just above it.
Cupping is ideal for encouraging blood flow and clearing stagnant Qi over larger areas. Several rounded vacuum cups are located on the skin and left in place for up to 20 minutes – while the vacuum draws skin into the cup. The process is not painful but it can leave reddish patches that usually start to fade within a few days.
A hands-on technique to relieve muscle tension, open meridians and encourage the flow of blood and Qi. Practitioners may brush, knead, press, roll or rub areas between the joints, known as ‘the eight gates’, to open the body’s defensive Chi and get energy moving – before using traction, motion, massage and acupressure stimulation to complete the treatment.
Guasha is a cleansing technique used to move blocked Qi – considered a cause of pain and stiffness in muscles and joints. Practitioners make repeated strokes, using a specialised round-ended instrument, to apply pressure to the skin – causing small red or purple spots to appear. However, the skin is not damaged and the redness fades over a few days.
I was drawn to acupuncture by a combined interest in Chinese culture and alternative approaches to healthcare. In 2001 I received an MA(Hons) in Mandarin Chinese from Edinburgh University and, during the course, I spent a year living and studying in Taiwan.
During my time in there, I was introduced to the theories and practise of Traditional Chinese Medicine. However, it was not until several years later, while trying for my first child, that I experienced the gentle but powerful effects of this method of treatment for myself.
I decided to pursue a career learning this ancient therapy and using it to help others benefit from its potential. I feel strongly that it should be made available to as many people as possible and offer concession rates for individuals on a low income.
In 2012 I qualified from Westminster University with a BSc in acupuncture. I am a member of the British Acupuncture Council and regularly attend seminars and courses to further my knowledge and develop my skills in this field.
I have undertaken specialist training in the areas of gynaecology, infertility and the treatment of children (with Shonishin – a very gentle, noninvasive therapy that does not insert needles).
I have also co-authored an article published in ‘Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice’.
I am registered with the following insurance providers for acupuncture treatment; PruHealth, Aviva, WPA and Simply Health. A number of other providers will cover the cost of acupuncture but may require a referral from your GP. Please check your individual policy for requirements.
My current practices are located at:
52 Phoenix Road
London, NW1 1ES
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The Lucerne Clinic
5a Lucerne Mews
London, W8 4ED
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For more information, or to book at either of these locations, please feel free to contact me on: Email. firstname.lastname@example.org / Tel. 07799 068 698
Appointments cancelled with less than 24 hours notice will be charged at 50% of full treatment cost.
I believe that good health care should be available to everyone. For this reason I offer personalised expert treatments at highly competitive rates as well as concession rates for clients on low incomes, students and the elderly.
Concessions are available during practice hours. Please mention when booking.
If you would like to make a booking enquiry with me directly, or if you have any questions regarding acupuncture and how it might be able to help you please get in touch using the form below. Alternatively, please leave a voice message on 07799 068 698.
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