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Meet The Practitioners

Covering Saffron Walden, North Essex and South Cambridgeshire

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CHARMIAN WYLDE

MA MBAcC, Cert Ac (Nanjng)

I have been practising acupuncture since 1989, following study at the London School of Acupuncture (now Westminster University) and subsequently in Nanjing, China where I worked in a busy teaching hospital.

I set up and was co-director at the Birmingham Centre for Chinese Medicine from 1994 to 2004, during which I came to appreciate how effective acupuncture can be for a wide variety of conditions and in helping people to regain their health and wellbeing.

 

At around this time acupuncture education in the UK was developing within the university sector, and in 2004 I designed and wrote the BSc Honours Acupuncture degree for the University of East London, and was Course Leader and Senior Lecturer there from 2004 to 2014. Working as an acupuncture educator also enriched my perspective on how to refine my own private practice.

“I am convinced that acupuncture can have an important role to play in maintaining good health especially when we are living longer but confronting chronic illnesses for which there is sometimes little remedy. I am always keen to see the evidence base for acupuncture expand so that we can promote best practice.”

Over the years, I have developed a problem-solving insight and will work closely with you to ascertain how acupuncture can advance you towards better health.

PIPPA HUGHES

Dip Ac, MBAcC

My initial interest in acupuncture came from personal experience. Acupuncture was suggested to me after several failed IVF treatments and, after a course of treatment, I went on to have a successful pregnancy. It was this that gave me the inspiration to learn more about acupuncture.

In 2017 I qualified as an acupuncturist and completed a post-graduate clinical practice programme at the Nanjing University of Traditional Medicine. I am a full member of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC), the leading regulatory body for the practice of acupuncture in the UK, accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

I have been impressed at how acupuncture is a therapy that regards all symptoms as related. This means that getting to the root cause of a problem may be just as important as treating merely its symptoms. In addition, each person is treated as an individual from a medical standpoint. A course of acupuncture can endow the body with the tools needed to heal itself.

What makes my job worthwhile?

When I know I have helped someone feel better, particularly when they did not receive acupuncture before.

Who has influenced me most in my acupuncture career?

An acupuncturist friend who treated me while I was going through a fifth attempt at IVF that I believe resulted in the successful arrival of my daughter. My Dad, who was a GP, has been a great inspiration too.

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