PhD (Immunology), BSc (Hons), Lic.Ac., M.B.Ac.C., Dip Tui Na
“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be” Lao Tzu
“This ancient wisdom reminds me of what so attracted me to Chinese Medicine. As a scientist, I like its rigour and effectiveness, whether treating musculo-skeletal conditions or organ related patterns. But Chinese Medicine can also be a life-changing experience, and it is always amazing to see what patients achieve when illness recedes.”
Originally from France, Anne-Sophie has worked in medical research since 1992, gaining a PhD in Immunology and looking at way of calming down inflammation, and improving the immune system’s function in older age. Immunology being important to all disease processes, she started to understand how all body systems influence each other from a Western perspective.
She was then inspired to retrain as an acupuncturist at the London College of Traditional Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (LCTA) and University of Portsmouth after developing an awareness of Qi through her own Tai Chi practice. After gaining her BSc (Hons), she undertook a postgraduate internship in Hangzhou, China.
As a Tai Chi instructor for over 10 years, she has also developed a strong interest in musculoskeletal conditions and carried on postgraduate training in Tui Na therapeutic massage at Middlesex University and post-graduate courses in the treatment of sports injuries and musculoskeletal conditions, as well as obstetrics. She takes this understanding of posture and how the body moves (or not) to her patients.
Anne-Sophie says : “getting qualified was only the beginning of the journey, I have been fortunate to study and carry on studying with respected masters and leaders in their field, digging deeper in the thousands of years of knowledge, gained through careful observation of humans and their interact with the environment”. She regularly follows Master Jeffrey Yuen from the U.S., Doctor Yang from China, and Frances Turner in the U.K.
Along the years, Anne-Sophie has worked with a broad range of conditions. “A patient might complain of chronic sinusitis, and then realize it is linked with their gut problems, this exemplifies how you can’t isolate one problem for the other. In Chinese Medicine, a specialist is usually a junior doctor; it is a Western concept”. During her acupuncture BSc, she conducted research on postpartum depression and became particularly interested in gynaecology and obstetrics, taking women from pre-conception to post-partum care. This is an area she expended on with specific postgraduate courses.
Chinese Medicine as Preventative Medicine
The Chinese also honor the idea of food being the first medicine. Anne-Sophie has completed postgraduate training in Chinese Nutritional Therapy, helping her patients help themselves. Check out the nutrition page here for more information.
Integrating Chinese and Western Medicine
Anne-Sophie says : “Chinese Medicine is actually extremely rigourous and systematic. This knowledge was gained over thousands of years through careful observation of humans and their interaction with the environment, and experimentation. Essentially this is the scientific method, applied to both the development of the field and how it is applied in the treatment room. At the same time, I don’t feel there is necessarily a conflict with modern Western Medicine interpretation of the body. Everyday cutting edge research is uncovering how acupuncture actually works. The language might be different but some of the ideas behind it are the same.” For more information, please visit the research page, or talk to Anne-Sophie directly.
Anne-Sophie is also passionate about passing on this knowledge to the future generations of practitioners, either as a Tai Chi and Qigong instructor in Portsmouth and London, as Academic Manager at LCTA, or now having reset a degree-level acupuncture course and a TuiNa massage course at the City College of Acupuncture, where she leads the course and lectures on Anatomy and Acupuncture points energetics.
Effective and caring treatment
Anne-Sophie will always take the time to discuss your case in depth with you, and answer all your questions in a completely non-judgmental manner. Pulling on all the above-mentioned resources, she will establish a treatment plan in partnership with you, adapted to your needs, for maximum efficiency.
A qualified member of the British Acupuncture Council (the governing body for Traditional Acupuncturists), she practices in line with their highest standard of professionalism and safety.
Contact Anne-Sophie here: 07779111248 – firstname.lastname@example.org