Prior to exploring my passion for alternative medicine, (with a degree in Sociology and English) I found a career in the entertainment industry as a casting director. Specializing in theatre, television and film for many years. A ‘life bump’ saw me re-evaluate where I was headed and acupuncture became the obvious answer as something that could complement my existing work culture.
I had been in treatment myself for a few years and experienced great results. Being a natural skeptic, ( all good scientists should be), I was intrigued how all my symptoms resolved without any medication. Simply, some tiny needles placed in my back and feet caused a shift in my body. This new interest in acupuncture related to a childhood dream of becoming a doctor : this was quashed by my ‘thing’ with fainting and blood. I cannot even get a blood test without a drama, therefore acupuncture was the perfect solution.
Some do not see the obvious correlation between the career choices yet I believe in essence that they share the same skill set: a genuine interest in other people. I love hearing people’s stories, helping them achieve their best and making a connection. I also revel in research and investigation and the body is a sophisticated being. Getting to know someone is the best way to figure out how to treat their symptoms.
Everyone always asks how five element acupuncture works in a theoretical sense. It’s complicated and difficult to really put into a nutshell (since it’s over two millenia of theory and wisdom) but here is an attempt in three paragraphs.
So the symptom you are experiencing (whether that is: headache, infertility, anxiety, exhaustion, back pain, frozen shoulder, insomnia, digestive issues etc) is the body trying to communicate that it is out of balance and needs some assistance in functioning at it’s best.
Five Element theory treats the cause of the disease, which allows your body to restore to an optimum level of health. This means treating the issue at its source and not just suppressing the symptoms e.g say you suffer from recurrent headaches taking a few nurofen means the pain subsides for a period but it returns when it is no longer suppressed by the medication.
Practitioners tailor individual treatments based on the theory of nature. By selecting points relevant to the patient’s imbalance ( eg headache can be within the Wood element) the body’s natural ability to heal is activated. Patients often resolve their original complaint and receive the benefit of being able to perform at higher levels e.g. improved energy, better sleep, elevated mood or in the case of chronic disease the ability to maintain the condition with more ease.
Five element suits me because of my interest in people: everyone’s system and own experience are unique and I factor this into the diagnosis and treatment. I enjoy piecing together a puzzle.
In my experience this holistic approach can provide some excellent and honestly sometimes astonishing results, assisting the patient to experience an enhanced quality of life.
Who doesn’t want to spring out of bed in the morning?
I am a fully qualified traditional acupuncturist completing three years of degree level study, at The Acupuncture Academy. I was awarded a Professional Licentiate in Acupuncture gaining a distinction. I have been practising for 6 years.
I am both a member of the British Acupuncture Council and the Professional Standards Authority and have full medical malpractice and public/products liability insurance cover.
My three-year training was extensive and covered all aspects of Chinese medical and acupuncture theory with the focus on Five Element Theory. We also studied units on Western bio -medicine.
The Western medical arm is particularly useful providing a background to many conditions, the side effects of medications and working with a GP or specialist to achieve the desired result.
I was recently chosen for a sponsored program to advance my skills in TCM style acupuncture and attended a study program at Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine in Harbin, China.
In June 2020 I was the co- founder and clinical director of a project that provided acupuncture for the NHS to help them cope with their extreme workload experienced due to the COVID pandemic. For an entire year we were able to run a very successful low cost clinic with an over 80% reported improvement rate. We treated over 250 local NHS patients, performing more than 750 individual treatments. Our project was published in the international publication The Journal of Chinese Medicine in Oct 2020.
I have been asked to present on two expert panels for acupuncturists reporting my observations on treating Long Covid.
My passion is to see the successful integration of Eastern and Western medicine.
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I started seeing Cara after a friend recommended I try a session, I was at my lowest point and had almost given up on finding something that would help me. I was having strong and physical symptoms of anxiety, I had lost my appetite, stopped sleeping and was getting regular panic attacks. This was the first time I had experienced such extreme anxiety and I was really scared. During the first few sessions Cara was able to make me feel at ease and give me a glimpse of hope, she was the only person at the time who felt confident that she could help me. After a few sessions I noticed aspects of myself started to come back, it felt like I was slowly being put back together again. I felt calmer in my body and started to gain my appetite again and since then I've gone from strength to strength. Cara has a warm and empathetic approach (and of course, amazing acupuncture skills!) I always look forward to our sessions and feel very grateful that I met her.
Cara was highly recommended to me when I was having trouble with my digestive system. I was feeling really crap and low and didn't really have an explanation that was clear to me why my digestion had just "shut down". We hit it off in our first meeting; I felt understood and looked after. Cara managed to get to the bottom of my issues which included an investigation into my bloodwork which gave me some really important information, that if left untreated could have left me on life long medication. Cara's treatment combined with advice from her recommended nutritionist (Jo Woodhurst) and medical diagnosis managed to reverse the effects and get my digestive track in harmony. This led to many more positive physical responses in my mind and body. I am so grateful to have started my acupuncture journey with Cara and feel more confident in understanding my body, it's responses and physical symptoms.
I initially started seeing Cara for back pain. However her holistic approach was invaluable to me in unlocking a lot of stress and anxiety I was carrying. I definitely noticed improvements in both after each session I had. She is brilliant and knowledgeable in what she does and I highly recommend her.
In April 2020 I caught Covid and by September I was still suffering with debilitating fatigue, daily migraines, constant joint and muscle pain and my mental health was at an all time low as `I felt hopeless, feeling this was how `I was going to feel forever. I was constantly told by my GP that there was nothing they could do to help as they didn’t know enough about Covid and Long Covid. I was lucky enough to be recommended to see Cara for acupuncture, I contacted Cara and asked if she could help me and she was the first person to say YESS!!!! She listened and understood what was going wrong in my body. She was able to start healing. I am now able to be me again, my children have their Mum back and I will forever be grateful for Cara’s expertise and kindness.