Experience and Interests
Over 35 years of being an acupuncturist has given me thousands of hours of experience working with patients from all walks of life with myriad different problems, physical, emotional and spiritual.
My first degree was a BA(Hons) in History and English from the University of Kent in 1970.
I trained in acupuncture in the UK for three years at the International College of Oriental Medicine, graduating with a BAc in 1981. In 1984-5 I studied at Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and at Jiangsu Provincial Hospital in Nanjing, China. I revisited Nanjing for further clinical studies in 1987, and in 1992, when I spent five weeks intensively studying Qigong and Taiji.
Herbal patent medicine
After study in China and the UK, I have used Chinese patent remedies for over 25 years. In 2006 I completed a one year postgraduate clinical training in the use of Chinese patent herbal remedies. I now use herbal and mushroom based food supplements to complement acupuncture treatment.
Continuing professional development
To keep abreast of new developments, I engage in an ongoing process of education and research: as a subscriber to medical journals and online news services; by atttendance at seminars and conferences; and by participation in online 'webinars'. I am also an avid collector of textbooks on different aspects of Chinese medicine.
London School of Acupuncture
I was a founder director, along with Felicity Moir, of the London School of Acupuncture in 1985 and continued in this role until 1997, during which time I taught acupuncture at the School. The School merged with the University of Westminster in 1997 to create the UK's first BSc degree course in Acupuncture. I have taught many well known practitioners and have been an external examiner for two acupuncture colleges in the UK. I continued to teach at the University until 1998 when I decided to concentrate my work in Dorset.
Nanjing, China, 1984-5
Dr Wu demonstrating his exceptional needling technique. Dr Wu was the equivalent of a hospital consultant. His expertise was in acupuncture, in particular, the treatment of digestive problems. He had an encyclopedic knowledge of Chinese classical medical texts going back nearly 2,000 years.
Nanjing, China, 1992
Receiving my certificate in Taiji and Qigong from Dr Yang, Director of the Nanjing Qigong Institute.
Nanjing, China, 1984-5
In November 1984 I began 3 months study at Nanjing College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Dr Wu, shown in this photo, was one of my clinical tutors. As well as lectures at the College, I worked in Jiangsu Provincial Hospital six days per week, treating up to 20 patients per day.