Imagine what life could be like...
Life doesn't have to be painful, stressful or worrying. By embracing acupuncture, you can change how you feel and improve your health and overall well-being.
My journey helping people live different lives...
When I started my journey in acupuncture and integrated Chinese medicine, like many people, I had only basic information on the real difference between Western medicine and the more ancient form of Chinese Medicine which was first developed over 2,500 years ago. I had of course heard terms such as complementary and alternative, and had indeed reaped the benefits of acupuncture treatment, but I wondered just how valuable this form of treatment was and how widely it was used.
I spent time researching, talking to people who practice this form of medicine and to people who had received it. I was really excited about what I heard. Being able to focus on the whole person and fundamentally working hard to address the root cause of illness struck a chord with me. This medicine is doing amazing things and helping people to live happier and healthier lives. I read positive case histories all the time. People who often have debilitating symptoms from conditions such as depression, anxiety, muscular-skeletal or chronic pain, asthma, skin issues, gynecology concerns, all finding help through the use of acupuncture. The opportunities to help were endless - that's when I made up mind to devote this stage of my life to Chinese Medicine.
The training was intense; a three and a half year BSc (Hons) degree course. However, I put my heart and soul into the training and can say hand on heart that I loved every minute of it. I gained a First Class Honours degree in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine and a Licentiate in Acupuncture (Lic Ac). I have also undertaken numerous extra training courses since qualification and continue to learn. Currently i'm in the final throws of a year-long Gynecology, Fertility and Obstetrics diploma. Now, with this knowledge, I really think about how we view our health. And health is the key word. We often times don't think about our overall well-being and can view illness as isolated symptoms that we need to rid ourselves of. In chronic conditions however, symptoms don't arise overnight and through Chinese Medicine theory, we can often work back across the timeline and find the triggers. Finding and addressing the root cause with acupuncture, and approaching life in a balanced way, goes a long way towards bringing the body back into a balance of well-being.
Now of course, many conditions need to be treated by traditional Western medicine and pharmaceuticals. Our role isn't to be an alternative to doctors, and I would never propose a patient with a serious illness not follow a course of treatment prescribed by their GP or specialist. I like to see acupuncture as a dual strategy. I previously volunteered at cancer charity "My Cancer My Choices" , where acupuncture is offered for exactly that. And for certain life-impacting conditions where a pharmacological approach is limited, acupuncture can bring welcome relief.
You will see from the many stories from my patients that acupuncture delivers real benefits and real outcomes to people, many of whom had been struggling for many years and had given up hope of rest-bite or relief. Imagine what life could be like if we could help reduce or alleviate your condition? What would you do with that new found freedom of well-being?
"Since I was diagnosed with MS more than ten years ago my mobility had steadily deteriorated. For at least six or seven years I have not had the strength or balance to run, and for several years I have not been able to stand on one leg, or walk downstairs without gripping the banister for dear life. After five months treatment my balance is almost normal, I recently walked 7 miles of the Lambourn Valley Way, and I can jog for 1km. Annmarie is a very competent, caring practitioner who gives an honest, straightforward opinion. I would trust her with my life."
John, based in Newbury
I am delighted to have helped a number of women with their reproductive health, whether that be helping young teenage girls reduce monthly period pain, helping women to become pregnant or helping to alleviate the misery of menopausal systems such as hot flushes and insomnia.
To further my training in this specialised field, early in 2018 I began a year long diploma in Gynecology, Fertility and Obstetrics, learning first-hand from exceptional Western medicine practitioners and Chinese Medicine practitioners, gaining a clear and thorough view of reproductive health. This new diploma focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of women from pre-conception to pregnancy related conditions to post-birth replenishment. It delivers both Western and Chinese Medicine learning.
Part of every acupuncturist's personal and professional advancement is to engage in continued development, and this world-leading course will allow me help even more women with reproductive health concerns.