About Me

Philosophy of my Practice

With the wealth of ideas about health and Chinese medicine out there I think it is important to say a few words on my approach to the subject. Medicine always depends on its philosophical foundations since without any idea of what life is we cannot say how we intend to improve it.

My approach can be summarised as:

  • Health is determined by hereditary, environmental and lifestyle factors
  • The habits we cultivate influence the direction we develop, towards health or illness
  • The body is a landscape where these tensions manifest
  • Therapy is aimed at clarifying the changes needed and facilitating them to happen
  • Acupuncture and massage can help us overcome obstructions to this process
  • Herbal formulas can help to regulate internal systems
  • More complex or entrenched problems require more complex and sustained solutions
This seems to reconcile what the ancient physician-philosophers wrote about and what we currently know about physiology and therapeutics. It is also general enough to resonate with people from many different backgrounds.