About Annie Milles

  • Training
  • Approaches and special interests
  • Educating acupunturists
  • Continuing professional development

I have been in practice since 1998, initially at the York Clinic for Complementary Health, and since January 2004 at the Acupuncture Practice.

I trained at the Northern College of Acupuncture in York, receiving my Diploma in Acupressure Massage, Diploma in Acupuncture (the professional qualification) and membership of the professional body, the British Acupuncture Council. I was awarded a Master’s degree in Acupuncture for my dissertation examining the effects of using Japanese acupuncture in my practice. I also have a qualification in therapeutic massage (ITEC).

I attended an advanced acupuncture training course in Beijing at the prestigious Beijing International Acupuncture Training Centre of the China Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine, China (November 2002). This included both practical work in the hospitals and clinics in Beijing, and seminars on a wide range of different topics.

I completed a three year post-graduate training in Chinese Herbal Medicine in 2007, gaining my Diploma and membership of the professional body, the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine.



Approaches and special interests

special interests & approaches

My style of treatment has been profoundly affected by Japanese styles of acupuncture, which tend to be gentler and more subtle than those of traditional Chinese acupuncture. Teachers who have influenced my work include Akihiko (Aki) Wakabayashi; Stephen Birch and Junko Ida; Andy Harrop; and Jacqueline Young.

I gain a lot of clinically useful information from my patients using the pulse as an important diagnostic tool, influenced by the teachings of Bob Flaws and Honora Lee Wolfe, and particularly by that of Scott Tower using the Shen-Hammer method.

I have gained considerable experience in the treatment of musculo-skeletal problems and pain from a wide range of sources over the time I have been practising, and I continue to find it fascinating to treat. I have recently become very excited about using Wave Acupuncture as a particularly effective treatment for a range of musculo-skeletal conditions.

I have a special interest in gynaecology, including the use of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine treatment to enhance fertility. My work has been influenced by teachers including Jane Lyttleton; Debra Betts; Sarah Budd; Charlie Buck; and the work of members of the Yorkshire Acupuncture Conception to Childbirth Team.

Educating acupunturists

I have been involved in educating acupuncturists since 1998, and was the Acupuncture Course Director at the Northern College of Acupuncture in York from 1999 – 2005.

I have been teaching undergraduate acupuncture students since 2005: at the Northern College of Acupuncture in York, where I am currently Stream Leader for Chinese Medicine; at Leeds Metropolitan University; and undergraduate medical students at Hull York Medical School. I gained my PGCHE teaching qualification in 2010, and I was senior lecturer in acupuncture at Manchester Metropolitan University from 2010-2016.

I am also a member of the Accreditation Committee of the British Acupuncture Accreditation Board, which fosters and monitors standards of education in degree level acupuncture courses.

Continuing professional development

I believe strongly in the value of continuing professional development and enjoy attending courses and seminars, as well as reading, to extend my knowledge and understanding. The courses I have learned from since graduating include the following:

  • Conferences (16 days): the British Acupuncture Council conferences in 1998, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015 which run over 2 days and where there are a wide range of topics and speakers; International Conference on Traditional Chinese Medicine, Manchester (2004) and the Acupuncture Research Symposium in 2011.
  • Japanese approaches to acupuncture (17 days): including seminars by Akihiko (Aki) Wakabayashi (1997); Stephen Birch and Junko Ida (1998, 2000, 2001); Andy Harrop (2000); Jacqueline Young (2001)
  • Five Element Acupuncture (15 days): a 12 day assessed course (2003-2004); other shorter courses by Ben Stevens (2004); Lonny Jarrett (2004);
  • Pain management (8 days): including seminars covering different approaches to effective treatment by Arya Nielsen (1999) Hugh MacPherson (1999) Tony Legge (2000) and Harriet Lansdown (2000); David Legge (2013 webinar); Amos Ziv (2016);
  • Gynaecology, fertility, ante-natal care and obstetrics (18 days): Giovanni Maciocia (1999; 2005); Sarah Budd (2000; 2002), and I was able to learn more through observing the acupuncture treatment given by Sarah Budd and her colleague Khim Ang in two NHS antenatal clinics (2003); Debra Betts (2007); Charlie Buck (2006); range of speakers at both of The Integrated Acupuncture Seminars for Fertility (2006; 2007); Naava Carmen (2008)
  • The treatment of children (6 days): June Tranmer (1999); Julian Scott (2002)
  • Dietary therapy and Nutrition (4 days): Daverick Leggett (1997; 2000); Jacqueline Young (2003); Danny Blyth (2013 webinar); Bruce Robinson (2013 webinar)
  • Chinese herbal medicine (17 days): 10 day examined course in Chinese patent herbal medicines (2000); seminars on the treatment of skin conditions with Giovanni Maciocia (1997), Al-Khafaji, M (2013); and presentations on a range of gynaecological issues at the RCHM meeting by Andrew Flower, Lily Lai, Volker Scheid, Trevor Wing (2012); Will MacLean (2009) Persistent infections
  • Practical skills (22 days): pulse diagnosis: Bob Flaws and Honora Lee Wolfe (2005); Scott Tower (12 days) (2005-6), and more recent revision sessions led by Scott Tower and /or Don Clarke; tongue diagnosis: Giovanni Maciocia (2004; 2013); needling techniques: Charlie Buck and Cheng Hao Zhou (2005); diagnosis: Bob Flaws and Honora Lee Wolfe (2005)
  • A range of specialist topics in Traditional Chinese medicine including: Ted Kaptchuk (1997) The Ladder of the Soul; Richard Blackwell (2002) Approaches to the treatment of Multiple Sclerosis; Bob Flaws (2003) Healing the spirit within: the treatment of mental-emotional conditions with Chinese Medicine;
  • First Aid (1998, 2001, 2003, 2007, 2010, 2014); Paul Blacker (2013 webinar) Red flags and first aid in acupuncture practice

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