I first became interested in Acupuncture in 1967 when a friend of the family, who was one of the pioneers of Acupuncture in this country, came to visit. His name was Robert Butterworth and he became my mentor. It was he who encouraged me to train as an Acupuncturist when a suitable course was developed in the mid-1970s.
I am registered with the British Acupuncture Council and have worked in professional practice as an acupuncturist for more than 30 years.
I trained with distinguished acupuncture teachers Dr Dick van Buren and Giovanni Maciocia in London, and also in China, with Professor Xu Jin Xia at the Nanjing University Teaching Hospital.
I have had years of experience in the wholistic medicine field and developed a form of light touch acupoint therapy. I have also completed a doctoral research study which explored the subtle impacts of healing on heartbeat rhythms, for which I received a PhD from Exeter University in 2005. You can see the main study findings in my contribution to the book Energy Medicine East and West.
I have seen at first hand how people can benefit from acupuncture across a wide range of ailments. Because of its known effects on the body many people, clinicians and medical scientists included, are waking up to the potential of acupuncture.
My part in this surge of interest has involved setting up and examining acupuncture degree programmes here in the UK, lecturing on wholistic health and healing in the UK and abroad.
I also conduct ongoing research to investigate the therapeutic impacts and healing processes associated with acupuncture and other forms of Chinese healing. In recent years this interest developed further into the study and practice of biodynamic craniosacral therapy. I have also found that my study and practice of tai qi, daoyin healing and meditation over many years helps bring an added depth and calm to the work which appears to benefit my patients.