My experience in complementary health care has given me the opportunity to work with many high-profile organisations and charities. With over 25 years of clinical experience, I have worked with the Complementary Health Trust, providing complementary therapies at various hospitals, hospices and clinics in and around central London. I have also worked for a number of 5 star Spa's, The Mandarin Oriental, Knightsbridge, and The Dorchester, Park Lane.
I have a keen interest in how acupuncture can help with stress-related illness in the workplace and the integration of acupuncture for the treatment of infertility. I continue to attend regular workshops and courses to keep me updated on current trends in complementary health care. I had the honour of training with Dr. Richard Te-Fu Tan in his Balance Method style of acupuncture. This style of acupuncture has dramatic results in cases of pain.
University College of Osteopathy
The Royal College of Physicians
Certified Holistic Medical Massage Techniques
Jing Advanced Massage Training
Yuan Traditional Medicine College
Institute of Traditional Herbal Medicine & Aromatherapy
Research into acupuncture as a medical treatment has grown exponentially in the past 20 years, increasing at twice the rate of research into conventional biomedicine. Over this period, there have been over 13,000 studies conducted in 60 countries, including hundreds of meta-analyses summarising the results of thousands of human and animal studies. A wide variety of clinical areas have been studied, including pain, cancer, pregnancy, stroke, mood disorders, sleep disorders, and inflammation, to name a few. Acupuncture aims to optimise your health and wellbeing.
Acupuncture has been reported to increase IVF success rates by up to 65%. The March 2008 issue of the British Medical Journal published the results of a study showing the effectiveness of using acupuncture during IVF. It compared the results of women who underwent acupuncture, those who were given sham acupuncture treatments, and those who had no extra therapy. Those who received acupuncture increased their chances of conceiving by 65%!
The process of assisted conception can very stressful and can take from six to eight weeks to complete. Acupuncture during this period can have a positive effect on the emotional and mental stress one may experience.
Acupuncture is an effective way to help the body cope during this period. Clinical trials have demonstrated that acupuncture treatment during the medication phase of IVF increases blood supply to the uterus and ovaries, this has a regulatory effect on hormones which may be an important factor in follicle development and implantation.
A course of acupuncture on the lead-up to your IVF treatment can help you prepare for this exciting but sometimes stressful time.
John has undergone extensive training in Fertility Acupuncture at the Royal College of Physicians in London with the renowned Jane Lyttleton.
Contrary to what many might think, cosmetic acupuncture is primarily about health, not beauty. Acupuncture balances your hormones, therefore balancing your internal and overall mental health and well-being. Your treatment will be specific to your needs, you will see immediate results which will bring long-lasting effectiveness after completing your very own series of bespoke treatments. A bespoke treatment means looking at the entire person, including areas such as lifestyle, diet, medical history, stress triggers, skincare, exercise, and any concerns you may have.
Although cupping was developed thousands of years ago the original philosophy remains the same, but the techniques have been brought into the 21st century.
One way to imagine cupping is that it is the inverse of a massage. Instead of applying pressure to muscles, the suction uses pressure to pull skin, tissue, and muscles upwards. Cupping is a treatment that stimulates blood flow and draws out toxins.
Gua sha is a very standard treatment modality that most acupuncturists will use. Its meaning loosely translates to ‘scraping, rubbing or pushing. Essentially, gua sha is just a tool-assisted type
of massage. It’s been reported that gua sha can help relieve several health conditions, musculoskeletal problems, especially major ones like tightness in the shoulders, legs and back. It can also help alleviate tension headaches, migraines, neck pain or swelling in your body. It can also help support treatments for anxiety, fatigue, insomnia and perimenopausal symptoms when done in addition to acupuncture.