Following a lifetime of interest in Chinese culture, I started reading extensively on the subject of Chinese medicine. I came across the practise of pulse diagnosis. Ascertaining a patient's state of health and balance by reading their pulses. Pulse taking really intrigued me. The fact that Chinese doctors had been doing it for thousands of years amazed me. And that was it, I was hooked.
I enrolled at the College of Traditional Acupuncture in Leamington Spa, graduating in 2005 as a fully accredited acupuncture practitioner. And I have been treating patients in London ever since.
As well as treating patients at my clinic, I spent a number of years involved in the teaching and research sides of acupuncture. From 2007-10 I took a primary role in developing the curriculum for the London Institute of Five Element Acupuncture. I led the school through the in-depth accreditation process with the British Acupuncture Accreditation Board.
In addition to this, I was part of an extended research trial looking at the efficacy of five element acupuncture in the GP setting.
Teaching and research certainly enhanced my relationship with acupuncture. It allowed me to develop a far deeper understanding of the practise. But my heart lies with one-to-one time with my patients, and for me, seeing the phenomenal results that can be achieved is inspirational.
So I reduced my focus on research and teaching in order to return to my original passion: making a difference to the lives of my clients through acupuncture.