• Acupuncture & Acupressure
  • My approaches and special interests
  • Educating acupunturists
Acupuncture & Acupressure

acupunture treatments

Acupuncture and acupressure (where the acupuncture points are stimulated by pressure from a finger or thumb) have a very long history in East Asia.

Here, the general guiding principles of Chinese medicine are part of the culture, and are used to treat a wide range of health issues.

Both are used much more often now in the UK, and research studies continue to indicate that acupuncture can be helpful in a range of conditions (see Evidence Based Acupuncture)

I find acupuncture and acupressure particularly effective where there is a musculo-skeletal component: for example where there is pain, or where the range of movement of a joint is restricted, or flexibility is reduced; in the treatment of headache and migraine, in gynaecological and gastrointestinal problems.

I use the guiding principles of Chinese medicine to work out not only which acupoints to use, but also to suggest changes to diet or activity levels which support and enhance treatment. I have found this to be extremely effective.

My approaches and special interests

acupuncture 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 approaches.

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 been in practice as an acupuncturist 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.

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, although I no longer prescribe herbal medicine. I enjoy learning, and have completed further training in a range of acupuncture-related topics since graduating.



Educating acupunturists

I have been involved in educating acupuncturists since 1998, and teaching undergraduate acupuncture students on BSc programs since 2005: at the Northern College of Acupuncture in York until 2019; at Leeds Metropolitan University; and at Manchester Metropolitan University where I was senior lecturer in acupuncture from 2010-2016. I gained my PGCHE teaching qualification in 2010.

For several years I was a member of the Accreditation Committee of the British Acupuncture Accreditation Board, which fosters and monitors standards of education in degree level acupuncture courses.

Call me to book an appointment on 0773 236 4506

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