My own acupuncture experience
I have been having acupuncture off and on since about 2000. It gradually helped me to feel calmer, less frustrated and more objective. I also try to live according to Chinese medicine principles, although modern life can make this quite hard. When I’m living well, I feel better emotionally and my body feels as though it works better.
Life before acupuncture
After university, I temped for an insurance company and then worked in publishing briefly. When I made the decision to train to be an acupuncturist, I was working in cancer information for the NHS. I enjoyed the work, but was really drawn to acupuncture. It was a bit of a leap of faith, but I am so glad I did it. I love the work I do and I feel really privileged to get to spend time with so many different people, to hear their stories, and to help them.
Being an acupuncturist
I qualified as an acupuncturist in 2006, and have been practising in Cardiff since then. I have a BSc degree and Licentiate in Acupuncture from the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine in Reading, a British Acupuncture Council accredited college. This training involved studying Chinese medicine from aTraditional Chinese Medicine and Five Element perspective. It also gave me an overview of Western medicine.
I will complete my Diploma in Gynaecology, Fertility and Obstetrics in April 2019, and my Diploma in Paediatric Acupuncture in July 2019. Being back at college is great, and I am loving studying such interesting and valuable subjects.
I am a Member of the British Acupuncture Council.