My original training in Chinese Medicine came as part of my study of 7 Star Praying Mantis Kung fu. I learnt to use Zhi ya (acupressure), Tui Na (massage), moxibustion (heat therapy) and Chinese herbal liniments (Dit Da) to treat the numerous strains and bruises sustained during contact training.
This led to a fascination with Chinese medicine and my decision to change direction in life and train professionally as an acupuncturist.
I have trained in Korean Hand Therapy under Prof Jong Baik who introduced me to Korean Traditional Medicine including Saam acupuncture and Korean magnet therapy. Under Prof Baik I trained in constitutional theory using the date of birth and the Yun Qi to understand how the seasons and each year can affect our health.
I completed my full-time degree in acupuncture from the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine in Reading under John Hicks where I continued to work in their busy college acupuncture clinic for four years. This gave me the experience of treating a vast range of health conditions on a regular basis and helped perfect my diagnostic ability.
In 20I4 I took a post graduate diploma in Tui Na Chinese medical massage at the college under Kevin Young, Mark Corcoran, and Tim Sullivan and on completion I worked in the college Tui Na clinic for three years.
Since 2014 I have run my own private practice, using acupuncture and Tui Na as stand-alone therapies as well as a combined treatment.
In 2018 I completed training under Prof Stephen Birch as part of the first cohort to train in Toyohari acupuncture in the UK.
I was also invited by the Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine in Harbin, China to attend a clinical acupuncture training course in stroke, paralysis, and bell’s palsy rehabilitation under Prof Lu Jinrong.
In 2019 I returned to university to study at master’s level in advanced oriental medicine research and practice, specialising in the classical texts of Chinese Medicine under David Hartman.
In 2020 I travelled to Osaka, Japan to train in Kamp Hari acupuncture under Yamamori Sensei, my first blind teacher before travelling to Nagahama to train under Sasaki Sensei in Japanese cone moxibustion therapy.
On return to the UK I obtained a scholarship to study Chinese Herbal Medicine under Dr Zanyu Chen from the UK’s biggest Chinese Herbal Medicine supplier, Phoenix Medical.