Member of the British Acupuncture Council and Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine
I first qualified in acupuncture in 1986 and continued training for several years after this including two trips to Nanjing, in China for clinical experience. I lived and worked in Bristol for eleven years before moving to Edinburgh to join family here. I have been lecturing in Chinese Medicine since 1994, most recently at the Northern College of Acupuncture as Module Leader on the MSc course in Chinese Medicine, as well as lecturing abroad.
An interest in increasing the evidence base for Chinese Medicine led me to undertake an MSc in Epidemiology at University of Edinburgh in 2004. I recently completed a PhD exploring the effects of acupuncture on breast cancer patients at the University of Leeds. I am now a research fellow at the University of Southampton, investigating the effects of Chinese herbal medicine for asthma. I am also a collaborator on a project at the University of Tromso, Norway, exploring the effects of traditional acupuncture on women with breast cancer during chemotherapy. I am a member of the Accreditation Committee for the British Acupuncture Accreditation Board, the organisation that sets and maintains standards of education in acupuncture training; and Chair of the Research Committee for the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine; the professional governing body for Chinese herbalists in the UK. I believe in contributing to my profession through research and education where possible.
My focus lies in a whole person approach; that mind and body are integrated and that one affects the other. When we experience trauma and illness such as a distressing diagnosis or health problems my experience and the evidence shows that acupuncture can help with specific symptoms and has long term benefits such as making it easier to cope and generally improving energy and wellbeing. Please feel free to contact me for more information.